CSR 2016 – boskalis 31

activities related to our fleet

ship dismantling policy

Raising environmental awareness among our crew. In 2016, we once again organized Marine Environmental Awareness courses for our fleet personnel in collaboration with the ProSea marine education foundation. The two-day course provides basic knowledge on relevant environmental legislation, the rationale behind the legislation, technical requirements, ecological principles and environmental challenges. The course specifically focuses on the contribution of the human element in preventing pollution and is intended to educate, encourage and empower officers on board vessels and project/office personnel to contribute to environmentally sound shipping and to ensure compliance with pollution prevention measures. ‚ ‚ Separate collection and processing of waste. We comply with the IMO MARPOL regulations, which prohibit waste being discharged overboard. All our vessels over 400 GT have a waste management plan. ‚ ‚ Mitigation of turbidity by using green valves on our trailing suction hopper dredgers. Boskalis has also developed a monitoring system that enables it to analyze turbidity caused by a dredging project at any given time, adapt the performance of the work accordingly and thus limit or prevent the ecological impact.

Boskalis is committed to the safe and sustainable dismantling of the vessels it decommissions and is ahead of existing international legislation and regulations in this area. Prerequisites include additional stricter safety requirements, a hard surface on which to dismantle the vessel and the responsible disposal of waste. For each vessel the possibilities for responsible dismantling locally are assessed and weighed against the environmental and other costs of transporting it over a long distance, for example to a certified ship dismantling yard in Europe. Where relevant, agreements are made with local yards in close consultation with the NGO Shipbreaking Platform to adapt business processes in such a way that they meet Boskalis’ stringent requirements. During the ship dismantling process knowledge is shared with the local yards. We have been repeatedly recognized as an industry leader in this field by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. In 2016 three vessels of 500 GT+ were dismantled at certified shipyards: two in Belgium and one in the Netherlands. In early 2017 an offshore support vessel, a floating sheerleg crane and a heavy transport vessel were taken out of service to be dismantled. One vessel of 500 GT+ was sold in 2016, as well as various smaller pieces of floating equipment. Based on the fleet rationalization program announced in July 2016, 24 vessels will be taken out of service in the 2016-2018 period. The fleet rationalization will be implemented through the dismantling, laying-up and sale of vessels. Vessels of 500 GT+ will be dismantled at certified shipyards in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention and Boskalis’ own stricter standards. For older vessels of 500 GT+ offered for sale we draw up an inventory of hazardous materials as part of the sales contract which stipulates that in the event of a future dismantling the new owner must comply with the Hong Kong Convention as well as a hard surface on which to dismantle the vessel. Dismantling in 2016 Our new equipment complies with the most stringent energy consumption standards. Where possible we make our equipment more sustainable by means of: ‚ ‚ Energy-saving measures – by making the installations we use on board our vessels, such as cooling, ventilation, airconditioning and lighting, as efficient as possible. ‚ ‚ The Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) on board our vessels, which serves to promote awareness of efficient energy consumption among our crew. SUSTAINABLE FLEET MANAGEMENT

‚ ‚ Responsible treatment of ballast water. ‚ ‚ Preventative measures against oil spills.

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