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Piet Kant is a Plant Engineer at Baggermaatschappij Boskalis B.V., which is part of the Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. His cooperation with Heila dates back to the early 90`s.

Cranes at sea in trying circumstances
Piet Kant has been active in dredging for 40 years. He started his career at  Baggermaatschappij Holland, which was taken over by Boskalis in1996. As a Plant Engineer at the Central Technical Department he is responsible for the worldwide deployment of auxiliary equipment in dredging and sand reclamation. Piet works from Papendrecht, the Netherlands and controls activities executed by tugs and working pontoons all over the world.

His first contact with Heila Cranes Nederland (Heila) dates from the time he worked for Baggermaatschappij Holland. At that time, in 1994, Heila delivered a fixed boom crane  for a dredge barge.

“Interesting to point out” says Piet “is that the delivery of this crane was an absolute first for Heila. I mean it was their very first crane.” From then on Piet has continued to cooperate with Heila, even after joining Boskalis. Altogether Heila has delivered eight to nine knuckle boom cranes.

“So far we have purchased cranes from Heila. We have never needed accessories such as winches” says Piet.

“Boskalis’ ships are equipped with standard winches. Still I have to stipulate that the purchasing of cranes and other items is eventually a joint decision with the Boskalis Purchasing Department. I give advice and make recommendations concerning the selection of suppliers and product. “

Meeting with Piet has done Heila well out of it. Their cooperation has made clear which impact seawater might have on crane parts and, among other things, this has led to Heila adjusting and improving its cranes.

“This is one of the assets of doing business with Heila “says Piet, “they are susceptible to suggestions and advice.”

Professional skills and business acumen, that is how Piet sums up the cooperation with Heila.

About Boskalis
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging and earthmoving, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. They provide innovative all-round solutions in the oil and gas, ports and land reclamation and coastal defense markets all around the world. Dredging and earthmoving is the largest activity within the group. Through SMIT Boskalis is also active in Harbour towage, salvage, transport and heavy lift and terminal service.

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. also has strategic partnerships with Archirodon, a leading maritime contractor in the Middle East and North Africa, and Lamnalco, a global provider of terminal services.
Boskalis has approximately 14,000 employees, including its share in partnerships. They operate in over 65 countries across six continents. Their versatile fleet consists of over 1,100 ships and auxiliary equipment which can be deployed in the optimal configuration for each individual project.

More information about Boskalis? Please visit www.boskalis.nl

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