With this blog we would like to give a picture of project management in the role of transport and planning used in Boskalis and DB Schenker. As mentioned in the previous blog post, the differences between these companies, as well as their Dutch counterparts, will be discussed. We will look at both operational and cultural differences, with the focus on project management.
Boskalis was visited in the songdo International Business District of Seoul where they are currently working on a land recovery project for Daewoo E&C. The total value of the contract amounts to approximately € 80 million. They use the dredger “Oranje” to deepen the canals into the harbor up to 16 meters deep. The sand they suck up from the bottom is used to create more land to build on. The newly created land will be used for residential and commercial developments. They are creating land of 2,2 km by 1 km and need a total of 23 million cubic meters of sand. During our stay we visited the site and saw we the dredger unload its sand through a pipe with a diameter of 1 meter. The project is executed by a team of 30 people, which consists of a project manager, deputy project manager, two superintendents and supportive staff. The senior staff are all from the Netherlands and they employ 4 translators to communicate with the local people.
From a cultural perspective we noticed that the Dutch workers adapt to the Korean standards. In the morning there is always a Dutch employee present at the briefing and exercises.
At DB Schenker its hard to speak of project management, because DB Schenker starts a long lasting relation with a client without specific milestones or end date. DB schenker has one kind of project, which they call global projects and consists of building gas power plants. Since we focus on the role of transport and planning, this wasn’t discussed any further. From a cultural perspective the company is managed by Korean people, so the culture is Korean orientated. The big difference between Korea and the Netherlands is the long working weeks. Koreans work 2,256 hours a year, compared to around 1.920 in the Netherlands.
This was the final blog for the study trip to Asia. We hope you enjoyed reading the blog as much as we enjoyed our trip!