Dredging and land reclamation are more than just our core activities; they are at the very foundation of DEME. We have been improving and developing our dredging and land reclamation techniques since the middle of the 19th century.
When our company started trading more than 140 years ago, we were carrying out relatively simple dredging activities along the Belgian coast. Today however, mirroring the growth of the global economy, we are involved in huge, complex dredging and land reclamation projects worldwide. We are able to offer our customers cutting-edge solutions, ensuring they have their future needs met.
Today, more than 60 percent of the world's six billion population lives less than 100 kilometers from open water. Of the world’s 19 megacities - those with over ten million inhabitants - 13 are built in coastal zones. Water is both a threat and an opportunity to mankind.
The world population is predicted to grow to 8-10 billion people in 2050. This will create enormous challenges for transporting people and goods in a safe, economic and environmentally acceptable way. Waterborne transport is slated to grow explosively; overpopulation, industrial development and the need for environmental protection will place new pressures and demands on the world and its infrastructure.
"This is DEME’s core business: keeping the sea lanes open, improving maritime access, reclaiming land for the benefit of economic activity and containing floods."