Van Oord

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Van Oord
Industry Dredging, Land reclamation
Founded 1868
Founder Govert van Oord
Headquarters Rotterdam, Netherlands
Number of locations
Houston, Texas
Area served
Products IJsselmeer, Palm Islands, The World
Revenue EUR 1.715 Billion (2011)[1]
Profit Increase EUR 118 million (2011)[1]
Number of employees
5,000 (2011)[1]

Van Oord is a Dutch contracting company that specializes in dredging and land reclamation. Van Oord has undertaken many projects throughout the world, including land reclamation, dredging and beach nourishment. The company has one of the world's largest dredging fleets.[2]


The company was founded by Govert van Oord in 1868.[3] In 1990 it acquired Aannemers Combinatie Zinkwerken ('ACZ')[4] and in 2003 it acquired Ballast HAM Dredging (formed from the merger of Ballast Nedam's dredging division with Hollandse Aanneming Maatschappij ('HAM') two years earlier).[3]

Major projects[edit]

Projects undertaken by the company include the Oosterscheldekering between Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland completed in 1986,[5] the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai completed in 2003,[6] the IJsselmeer pipeline in the Netherlands completed in 2006[7] and the World in Dubai completed in 2008.[6] A US sales and support office was opened in Houston Texas in 2010.


  1. ^ a b c "Facts and figures". Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors. 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  2. ^ Dredging, Rabobank, sept 2013'
  3. ^ a b Van Oord: history
  4. ^ Flags of the World
  5. ^ Deltawerken Cooperation
  6. ^ a b Van Oord to build third palm island in Dubai Infrasite, 14 November 2005
  7. ^ Van Oord opens gas transport channel across the IJsselmeer Offshore, 1 August 2006

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