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‘We have succeeded remarkably well in establishing a solid relationship of trust with our international partners.’

In 2011, total turnover of the Van Oord family business amounted to 1,715 million euro (2010: 1,578 million euro). The net result for 2011 came out at 118 million euro (2010: 165 million euro). The offshore division is responsible for approximately 15 to 20% of total turnover. These activities are exclusively focused on providing services to the international oil and gas industry. The construction of offshore wind farms is the responsibility of a separate division for which its director, Johan van Wijland, reports directly to the Executive Board of Van Oord. In principle, succinctly, Van Oord Offshore supplies the following range of services: SPM (Single Point Mooring) installation ■ Subsea rock installation (SRI) ■ Seabed intervention works ■ Landfall construction ■ GBS (Gravity Based Structure) installation ■ Shallow Water Pipe Lay ■

Pipe Lay Barge Joep Athmer, director of Van Oord Offshore.



Every single one of these activities can be described using the terms ‘precise’ and ‘complex’. Athmer further explains: “Our activities in the field of Subsea Rock Installation demand absolute precision and are essential for the stabilisation and protection of offshore pipelines, cables and other offshore installations like GBSs (Gravity Based Structures) and foundations for wind farms. Using our large and modern fleet of fallpipe vessels and side stone dumping vessels, we are capable of providing a full pallet of services such as installing rocks to stabilise and protect pipelines, scour protection, seabed improvement and the ballasting of offshore constructions. Using our

latest fallpipe vessel Stornes, launched in September 2011, we can even complete these tasks with extreme accuracy in water depths of up to 2200 metres. For construction works related to the installation of oil and gas pipelines in shallow water near the coast, we can call upon a variety of dredging and installation equipment. As a result we are able to offer a wide range of services including the dredging and backfilling of trenches, shore landings, the drawing of pipelines, the pulling and laying of pipelines in shallow waters and the installation of SPM systems. Until recently there was one activity that we were unable to carry out involving the actual laying of pipelines in shallow water over a distance of typically between 5 and 15 kilometres off the coast. This effectively was the missing link in the one-stop shopping principle we aim to offer our customers. To fill that gap, in 2011 we decided to order the 120 metre-long Shallow Water Pipe Lay Barge ‘Stingray’, in China. With a crane lifting capacity of 500 tonnes, this new pipelay barge with three welding stations on board is due to operational in the third quarter of 2012.” Total package

Van Oord Offshore trusts that by purchasing the ‘Stingray’, the company will be more frequently appointed directly by the oil companies as main contractor for shallow water projects. Joep Athmer continues: “Our experience with contracts of this kind has massively expanded over the past three years, evidence of the fact that we are capable of successfully completing complex projects. For these projects, we can offer a complete package of services from engineering and procurement of materials and services through to installation and commissioning; so-called EPC or

Offshore Holland 3 | 2012  

Offshore Holland is een hoogwaardig, Engelstalig relatie- en promotiemagazine voor de internationale olie- en gasindustrie. Het doel van het...

Offshore Holland 3 | 2012  

Offshore Holland is een hoogwaardig, Engelstalig relatie- en promotiemagazine voor de internationale olie- en gasindustrie. Het doel van het...