Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors BV

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Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors BV
Postbus 8574
3009 AN Rotterdam
T +31 (0)88 8268756

Van oord is a leading international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind energy). we are an innovative partner for our clients and, for over one hundred years, have been helping to create the infrastructure for the world of tomorrow.

Marine ingenuity is what Van Oord is all about. In just a few words, we will show you in the clearest possible terms what we do, how we do it, and what sets us apart. We see ourselves as a passionate, smart, international marine contractor eager to excel in challenging circumstances. Projects that are extensive, complex, and that have preferably never been done before are our strength.

An example is Palm Jumeirah, one of the three palm islands in dubai. The palm leaves were constructed before the breakwater was completed, which involved a risk of erosion. The reclamation was therefore scheduled in such a way that the slowly-growing breakwater could still provide maximum protection during the installation of this so called ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. As it is one of the few structures that can be seen from outer space. Another example is the Belwind Offshore Wind Farm on the Bligh Bank, around 50 kilometres from the Belgian coast. We only had 15 months for the design, engineering, procurement and installation of 56 foundations, power cables and the complete electrical infrastructure, including a substation at 25nm offshore and grid connection onshore. A time record! And how about our installation of a Gravity Based Structure in the Arkuntun dagi gas and oil field: a short ice-free time window and only one chance to get it right - imagine installing a concrete foundation structure at the seabed under those circumstances. Our successful partnership with our Russian partner earned us the RusPrix Award 2013.

Investing in the future
Van Oord has over 40 offices worldwide and an advanced fleet that includes 77 ships and 61 special dredging and offshore installations. Several more ships are currently under construction. Our investments in innovation and equipment are part of our long-term vision, a vision aimed at lasting relationships. For that reason, Van Oord continues to invest in an open culture that revolves around people. We offer both ambitious starters and committed professionals a versatile working environment in which there is space for personal and professional development.

Your career
You have a few years’ experience, are enterprising and would like to broaden your horizons. You are looking for a dynamic and versatile international environment in which your work is appreciated and rewarded well. If you recognise yourself in this description, Van Oord would like to meet you. VanOord can offer a world of opportunities to professionals with at least three years’ experience: working on prestigious projects, good career prospects, space for personal and professional development and a competitive salary. 

The work can be demanding, so you must be flexible and inventive. In exchange for this you will be given the opportunity of a lifetime. Van Oord also provides employees with various opportunities for further learning, including the Van Oord Academy. Our centre focuses on Van Oord’s core activities as an international contracting firm and on the expertise in execution, project management, procurement and safety. Based on this aim, we develop technical learning paths and global training programmes.

Kick-start of your career: technical traineeship
Are you an entrepreneurial technical graduate looking for a challenging entry-level? Then consider our Technical Traineeship. It is an excellent chance to quickly get to know various aspects of the marine contracting, dredging, offshore and offshore wind projects. The programme takes one year. We are looking for colleagues to reinforce our team who will not simply apply their knowledge, but enrich the projects with great thinking.

Do you want to be a part of Van oord?
Visit our website Please contact our recruitment department if you have further queries.

Facts about
Number of employees: 5,000
Sectors: Dredging & Waterbouw, Energie, Olie & Gas, Offshore
Career level: Student, Starter, Young Professional, Professional, Trainee, Stagiair
Required educational level: Mbo, hbo, wo
Field of study: Engineering, Nautical, Economical
Preferred eduacation: Civil Engineering, Offshore & Dredging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Maritime Technology, Shipbuilding, Maritime Officer
Vacancies: For all current vacancies please visit

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