Where it all started

Martens en Van Oord was established on 1 April 1986 by the Martens family and Teus van Oord. When he acquired all the shares in 1997, Teus van Oord became sole owner. In 1998, we introduced the eye-catching white and green company colours, that to this day are widely recognised as the hallmark for Martens en Van Oord.

Martens en Van Oord first built up a reputation in dry earthmoving, but the period in which we were masters of just one trade is now long behind us. Since the company was founded, Martens en Van Oord has developed into a ground-breaking market leader in innovative civil engineering. Over the years, we have become specialists in a whole variety of disciplines, including earthmoving, dredging, construction materials, logistics, railway construction, special methods, road construction, the offshore sector, remediation, coast and shore projects and equipment development and sales.

The opening of the Sand factory in Moerdijk in 2009 represented a huge step forward for the position of Martens en Van Oord in the construction materials trade. The aggregate classification plant in Moerdijk processes sand and gravel into high-end building material for example for the concrete industry. The Sand factory also serves as a storage and transhipment location for high-quality bulk goods and construction materials.

The commissioning of the new head offices on the Damweg in Oosterhout in 2012, following on from the 25th anniversary of the company’s foundation in 2011, represented a new highpoint for Martens en Van Oord and the 300 People who Make the company.

Over the years, the name Martens en Van Oord has been linked to a whole variety of special projects including the tunnel under the Western Scheldt River, the Moerdijk Industrial Estate, the Betuwe dedicated freight rail line, the Eemshaven port, the depoldering of the Noordwaard and the construction of the new Market Hall in Rotterdam. In 2013, the company first set its sights on a foreign project, with the new multifunctional pontoon, the ‘Scheldeoord’.
In the Baltic Sea, close to Rostock, the seabed was cleared by the Scheldeoord, for the construction of an offshore windfarm. Martens en Van Oord has now started another foreign project, this time in Azerbaijan.