Four-stage project philosophy

Smit Lamnalco follows a four-stage project philosophy to support onshore and offshore operations in challenging environments.

Before we get started, we always take the following four fundamental elements into account:

1. Operational Profile

We develop an operational profile of the project: what do the operation and the location require?

We analyse geographical and environmental data, research oceanographic conditions and list the needed logistic support to get a clear understanding of what we are up against.

2. Scope of Work

Next, based on the operational profile, we define the scope of work for general and additional duties. We determine the elementary assets and identify all manpower needed to get the job done.

3. Fit for Purpose

Following the defined scope of work, and considering all external factors and local operating conditions, we come up with a fit for purpose design. We customise our vessels and select our crew in accordance with the requirements for local content, overall logistics, security and onshore support.

4. Localisation

When we start operations in a new country, we aim to stay there for the long run. To make it work, at Smit Lamnalco we go as local as possible. Not because local rules and regulations or compliance standards force us to do so, but because we firmly believe that working with local content is the only sustainable way to be active in a county for a very long time. For us, it’s all about involvement. About being part of the local community and understanding how macro factors and legal & tax rules work out in that environment.

By analysing the above factors in detail, we develop a project dedicated, tailored and fit for purpose solution. Defining and assessing new projects together with our clients ensures a commercial acceptable solution for both parties.


To ensure our approach aligns with our clients’ working methods, prior to the commencement of every major contract, we undertake a gap analysis and create a bridging plan. For us, this is the essence of an advantageous partnership. Sharing best practices is crucial for optimisation, as the exchange of specific knowledge and expertise adds value to the entire operation.