In the first quarter of 2023, Boskalis saw its order book increase to EUR 6.5 billion, a new record. On the whole, the company concluded good first quarter. Both revenue and earnings increased compared to Q1 2022 and both major divisions – Dredging & Inland Infra and Offshore Energy – contributed to this growth.
A lot of new work was secured during the quarter leading to an increase of the order book of both divisions. The company’s overall order book reached a record high level of EUR 6.5 billion at the end of March.
Climate adaptation projects taking off
For more than a century Boskalis has been providing protection against the forces of nature. Today, the company helps protect people and the natural environment from the consequences of climate change, such as rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions through coastal defense and riverbank protection activities.
The first polder in the region is being realised by Boskalis in Singapore on an island threatened by climate change. The project includes many innovations with the highest standards in terms of flood protection and water management. These innovations provide valuable knowledge that can be used in the development of new polders elsewhere.
In the Netherlands, several projects have contributed to the strong quarter. The multi-year project to reinforce the Markermeer dikes north of Amsterdam is progressing well and the first northern section of the reinforced dike has been completed. In addition to strengthening the remaining section of the dike, work is also underway on the establishment of a city beach near Hoorn. The project is part of the national High Water Protection Program and is being carried out in an innovative alliance contract.
New projects and variation orders were also obtained during the quarter for the coastal protection of Texel, Vlieland and Bergen and for the Zwolle-Olst dike reinforcement project.
In early 2023, Boskalis acquired a contract to further develop and climate-proof the island of Gulhifalhu in the Maldives. The development of Gulhifalhu is part of the government’s strategic plan to improve and develop the port infrastructure, and also serves as a climate adaptive solution to climate-proof this part of the Maldives.
Boskalis is advancing the energy transition by developing infrastructure for renewable energy.
In Taiwan, Boskalis’ presence was ongoing last quarter on several offshore wind projects. Good progress is being made on the Changfang & Xidao project with the installation of pinpiles and jackets. Furthermore, Boskalis was active with dredging activities and rock installation on another project for which a variation order was recently awarded.
In recent years, Boskalis has built a strong position in the United States with local representation, serving the fast-growing offshore wind market off the US East coast. A significant portion of the installation work for the Southfork Wind and Revolution Wind projects was awarded to Boskalis in 2021. These projects will start this year. Late last year, the US portfolio was complemented with the foundation and cable scope of Sunrise Wind and the export cable installation scope for the Ocean Wind project.
In Scotland, Boskalis was awarded part of the Moray West offshore wind farm in early 2023. Boskalis will provide geophysical surveys, transportation of the foundations from China and seabed preparation prior to installation of the foundations.
Under favourable market conditions, a lot of work was carried out in the North Sea and the Middle East during the past quarter.
Decomissioning and heavy transport
In the area of decommissioning and oil spill prevention, a number of noteworthy projects are underway. For example, Subsea Services recently won a sizable contract to decommission old subsea infrastructure in the North Sea.
In addition, Heavy Marine Transport is due to transport an old, inactive FPSO from a field on a heavy transport vessel to a green scrapping yard.
On behalf of the United Nations (UN), Boskalis will remove oil from the FSO Safer off the coast of Yemen in the coming period. This project is part of a UN-coordinated operation to pump more than one million barrels of oil from this decaying tanker into a safe modern tanker and to aid in the disposal of the FSO Safer in a responsible manner.
Bokalift and Seapiper
In the past couple of months, the recently commissioned crane vessel Bokalift 2 has been prepared for three offshore wind projects in the United States. In Schiedam, the Netherlands, a new motion compensated pile gripper frame (MCPGF) was installed. The MCPGF ensures that the monopile foundation, with a length of more than 100 metres, is vertically stationary during piling. The gripper frame can grip monopiles with a diameter of up to 12 metres, which also makes it suitable for the next generation of wind turbines.
Very recently, Boskalis commissioned a new subsea rock installation vessel – the Seapiper. The vessel, like the Bokalift 2, is a conversion of an existing vessel that was no longer economically viable in the market. In addition to the environmental benefits of reusing an existing vessel, this approach also has a cost advantage and a shorter time-to-market relative to a new-build vessel. The Seapiper will mainly be used on offshore wind projects in the coming years to cover and protect cables and foundations with rock.
With its exceptionally well-filled order book of EUR 6.5 billion, Boskalis has a solid basis for the rest of this year and the period thereafter. Based on this portfolio and given the favourable market conditions, Boskalis expects to exceed last year’s result, adjusted for exceptional items.
Furthermore, Boskalis says its financial position remains unchanged and strong with a net cash position, so that on balance, it is debt-free. Focused on market opportunities, the company intends to invest further in sustainable growth in line with its strategic agenda.
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