About us

DEME today

DEME is a world leader in the highly specialised fields of dredging and land reclamation, solutions for the offshore energy market, environmental and infra marine works. With more than 140 years of experience and 5,200 highly skilled professionals, we have built up a vast bank of knowledge and expertise which has allowed us to foster a pioneering approach throughout our history. This enables us to bring tailor-made solutions, innovation and new technologies to our customers’ projects, ensuring that they are performed safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

While our roots are in Belgium, DEME has built a strong presence across the globe. We have a versatile and modern fleet of more than 100 vessels, supported by a broad range of auxiliary equipment.

Solutions for global challenges

Our vision is to work towards a sustainable future by offering solutions for global, worldwide challenges: rising sea levels, a growing population, reduction of emissions, polluted rivers and soils and the scarcity of natural resources. Although DEME’s foundations were built on dredging, the portfolio has diversified substantially over the decades, growing from largely focusing on dredging and land reclamation, to solutions for the offshore energy sector (oil & gas and renewables), infra marine market and for environmental remediation. Our multidisciplinary approach means that we have become a true, global solutions provider.

Exploring new horizons

We also strongly believe in turning challenges into opportunities. That’s why we are continuously looking for ways to deploy our knowledge and expertise in other activities, exploring new horizons and expanding our solutions portfolio. As a leader in environmental remediation we are looking into solutions to tackle marine litter in our rivers and oceans. We are building on our experience in coastal protection to develop nature-based solutions to tackle the rising sea level. Our continued investments in new technologies and activities underline just how important innovation is to our company.

Our core values

Our core values can be summarised in the word 'STRIVE'. Forming the basis of our commitment to consistently deliver excellence to our customers and value to our company, our STRIVE values are reflected in everything we do. We also expect our suppliers, subcontractors and partners to adhere to these standards.


Undoubtedly, the world is facing multiple global challenges, from rising sea levels, CO2 emissions, a scarcity of resources, a growing population to an increasing demand for energy. The United Nations has attempted to tackle many of these issues by initiating 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to create a better, more sustainable world by 2030.

At DEME we strongly believe that everyone has a role to play - governments, companies and individuals – and we have stepped up to the challenge by integrating several of the SDGs into our business. This will help us create sustainable value for customers, ourselves, stakeholders and in the wider society.

We are leveraging our resources and expertise to help achieve these universal goals for a sustainable future and we understand that to have the largest possible impact, we need to do more than simply minimise the footprint of our own operations. Therefore, we are designing and implementing business solutions that address specific UN SDGs.

Everyone at DEME, together with our shareholders, is committed to playing a pioneering role that proactively investigates technological solutions to tackle these challenges. But we know we cannot do it working alone, so we have reached out and joined forces with partners in the maritime sector, research and science community, non-governmental organisations, technical solution providers, climate experts and many others. Together we believe we can truly make a difference.

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At the heart of DEME's sustainable growth

Pushing the boundaries of innovation continues to be at the heart of DEME - it is actually one of our core values. We understand that innovation gives us an edge in this increasingly competitive environment.

Our investments in new technology prove just how important innovation is to us. Employees across the globe collaborate on technological developments with the goal of introducing sustainable solutions in the markets where we operate. We consider the close cooperation between sites, vessels, project management teams and technical and engineering departments to be the key element in delivering innovative solutions for our customers.

We identify challenges that need solving and then look to our people via several programmes designed to seek out and support innovative initiatives. One example is the DEMEx campaign, which focuses on disruptive, transformational innovation.  Additionally, every two to three years we organise the Innovation Diver, which is aimed at employees worldwide. The last Diver resulted in an impressive 421 ideas, several of which have subsequently been turned into reality.


Our shareholders

DEME’s shareholder is the Brussels-based civil engineering contractor CFE, which is controlled by the Belgian investment Group Ackermans & van Haaren – both publicly listed companies on Euronext Brussels.

Annual reports

Our latest annual reports can be downloaded here.