‘State of the dredging industry’ presentation by Frank Verhoeven

Frank Verhoeven is the President of the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) and a member of various supervisory boards including Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and soil. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering from the Technical University of Delft in 1976, Frank was part of the Royal Boskalis Westminster group of companies for 40 years. Starting as a research specialist, Frank held diverse positions such as technical management functions, General Manager for Boskalis Netherlands, management team member of Royal Boskalis responsible for the company’s activities in Europe and several staff departments such as tender departments and SHE-Q. When Boskalis broadened its activities to the offshore industry, Frank became responsible for the company’s offshore activities as chairman of Smit’s Management Team. In 2012 he assumed a position in the Board of Management until becoming retiring in mid-2016 and assuming his current role as President of IADC in January 2017.

Frank identified the drivers of change and the challenges these pose – individually and collectively – to the dredging sector and highlighted the role of the IADC in promoting collaborative thinking while preserving competitive conditions.