In a momentous display of expertise and capabilities, three global dredging powerhouses, Van Oord, Boskalis, and Jan De Nul, have taken the lead in separate reclamation projects that are changing the landscape of the Maldives. With their resources and industry acumen, these titans of the dredging industry are playing a crucial role in reshaping the archipelago like never before.

Undertaking distinct initiatives, these renowned companies have set their sights on ambitious reclamation projects across the Maldives, each contributing their specialised knowledge and cutting-edge technologies to the nation’s transformation efforts.

Van Oord India Pvt Ltd (a subsidiary of Van Oord N.V of the Netherlands), in collaboration with the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), has embarked on a significant reclamation project in Addu City. With a budget of MVR1.6 billion, the project aims to expand Addu City by reclaiming an impressive 228 hectares of land. This joint endeavour signifies the collaborative synergy in the pursuit of urban development and sustainable growth.

A Boskalis dredger near Gulhifalhu (Photo: Boskalis)

Simultaneously, Boskalis Westminster Contracting Ltd. has been entrusted with the second phase of the Gulhifalhu land reclamation project. Valued at over MVR2 billion, this project involves the dredging of an extensive 150 hectares of land. Boskalis’ wealth of experience and state-of-the-art technology are key assets in driving forward the ambitious transformation goals of the Maldives.

Similarly, Jan De Nul, renowned for its expertise in dredging and marine construction, in collaboration with MTCC, is undertaking its own separate reclamation projects within the Maldives. Leveraging its advanced capabilities, Jan De Nul is making significant strides in transforming specific islands across the archipelago.

Filippo Brunelleschi of Jan De Nul (Photo: Jan De Nul)

While Van Oord, Boskalis, and Jan De Nul are operating independently on separate projects, their collective presence in the Maldives underscores the magnitude and significance of these reclamation endeavours. The simultaneous involvement of these industry giants highlights the immense potential and importance the Maldives holds for coastal development and urban expansion.

As these projects progress, the Maldives is witnessing the combined efforts of the world’s leading dredging companies, leaving an indelible mark on the archipelago’s future. The dedication of Venoord, Boskalis, and Jan De Nul, as they spearhead unprecedented reclamation initiatives, demonstrates the transformative potential of collaborative efforts in shaping the landscape of nations, fostering sustainable growth, and creating a legacy of progress for generations to come.