Boskalis has a tradition of supporting scientific research that is of actual or potential relevance to our sector. Together with knowledge centers and universities we engage in (fundamental) research as well as sharing knowledge through lectures and presentations. At Delft University of Technology we co-fund a Chair of Dredging Technology and supply a scientific officer. In addition, we facilitate a dual lectureship between Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University. Every year Boskalis supervises interns, graduates and doctorate students. The figure for 2015 was 201 (2014: 124).
Our people at our offices and on our projects develop initiatives that are supported by Boskalis’ management. These include donating safety bonuses to local good causes and making contributions to healthcare, education and infrastructure. We have made a conscious choice not to opt for a centrally managed community program, believing that local office and project organizations are in the best position to select and support suitable local initiatives. Their intrinsic motivation leads to the most successful partnerships. An example is the malaria prevention program we set up with a local NGO in Nigeria. Some clients believe it is important to support local communities and take this into consideration when awarding a project. For examples of investments made in 2015 we refer to the below paragraphs.
The socio-economic development program in South Africa
In 2015 the Socio-Economic Development program of SMIT Amandla Marine (SAM) continued to focus on programs aimed at providing access to the economy for previously disadvantaged black* South Africans. SAM has entered into partnerships with a number of accredited educational and welfare organizations in South Africa to provide educational support and also to promote the maritime industry, which is key to creating a talent pipeline for the industry. The SAM operation accounts for 7% of our workforce. Some of the results achieved in 2015 include: ‚
11 scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary education awarded to children of lower-income employees.
Full scholarships awarded to four black South Africans in their first year of maritime studies and maritime engineering at South African universities of technology.
A donation of around EUR 3,700 to a dedicated maritime secondary school in Cape Town and a donation of around EUR 1,900 to a primary school feeding scheme in Port Nolloth.
Sponsorship (over EUR 23,000) of a maritime economics textbook aimed at pupils in Grade 10 of secondary school, an online maritime economics knowledge bank (around EUR 6,500) for learners of this subject at secondary level and a new hand bike to be used by disabled people who are members of the Maties ParaSport organization.
In addition, 60 employees took part in a number of community projects for Mandela Day, the annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela.
* The term ‘black’ as used here was chosen by the South-African government and refers to South Africans of African, Colored and Indian extraction who were previously disadvantaged under the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour
The objective of the annual Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour, an initiative of the NGO North Sea Foundation, is to clear waste along the full length of the Dutch North Sea coast and thus raise awareness of the issues around plastic soup. Boskalis has been the main sponsor of the initiative since 2013. This time the Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour started on 1 August 2015 and ended on 27 August on the beach of the Dutch Wadden island of Schiermonnikoog. On 8 August a total of 205 Boskalis colleagues and their relatives, including 76 children, took part in the eighth leg of the Boskalis Beach Cleanup tour. Prior to this family day, members of Young Boskalis had already cleaned up the beach between the more southerly coastal towns of Rockanje and Oostvoorne. During the tour, a total of 11,555 kilograms of waste was collected by 2,015 volunteers. At the end of September the initiative was taken up on a smaller scale by colleagues of Dockwise USA in Houston. They took part in the comparable ‘Texas Adopt-a-Beach’ initiative, which involved cleaning part of the beach at Galveston.
Other community investments programs
In addition to the initiatives above, dozens of community initiatives were carried out at project level or by local offices in 2015. These activities took place in many countries, spreading from the UK to Mexico. Examples include donations to primary schools and orphanages in Nigeria and Mexico, sponsorship of a rescue boat and helicopter in Finland and support for health programs in Brazil. Furthermore, hundreds of employees engaged in various charity initiatives supported by Boskalis.