Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Construction Of Buildings And Infrastructure Engineering
Civil Engineering
42 - Civil engineering

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 April 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 July 2004


Van Oord nv has reached an agreement with the trade unions regarding two Social Plans. The Works Council was consulted and has advised on the reductions. Out of the total of 3,000 jobs around the world, 400 will be affected. The reduction is to be completed by mid 2004. The job reductions are a result of the integration process following the recent merger between Van Oord ACZ and Ballast Ham Dredging. In addition there is a decrease in demand for marine and dredging work around the world. The methods to be used are intermediation from job to job, the expiry of temporary employment contracts, natural turnover and an early retirement arrangement. Redundancies are expected for around 170 Dutch employees and some 80 workers abroad.


  • 13 March 2004: NRC Handelsblad
  • 31 March 2004: Van Oord - Press releases


Eurofound (2004), Van Oord, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 59459, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59459.