With more than 140 years of tradition and experience, DEME Group is a world leader in the highly specialised fields of dredging, marine engineering and environmental remediation. “While the company’s roots are in Belgium, DEME has built a strong presence in all seas and continents, operating in more than 90 countries worldwide”, says Alain Bernard, who has been with the company for 37 years and its CEO for 11 years.
Firmly dedicated to “creating land for the future”, DEME fosters a pioneering approach, being a frontrunner in innovation and new technologies. “With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, DEME has worked even during wars and revolutions and is constantly trying to conquer the world”, Alain Bernard points out.
While dredging is still DEME’s core business, the company has substantially diversified its portfolio over the decades, and today’s activities include land reclamation, hydraulic engineering, services for the offshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries, and environmental works. “We refer to our work as dredging+ activities, since those activities support our core business”, the CEO explains.
DEME’s vision is to work towards a sustainable future by offering solutions for global, worldwide challenges, including rising sea levels, climate change, the transition towards renewable energy, polluted rivers and soils, growing population and the scarcity of natural resources. The company is developing innovative technologies in the fields of wind power, green and blue energy. Furthermore, DEME is developing solutions for remediating historic soil and water pollution, as well as limiting the environmental impact of the day-to-day operations by improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.