Video: New space for growth: Offshore Center Rotterdam

Video: New space for growth: Offshore Center Rotterdam

7 Jan. 2018

The phased realisation of Maasvlakte 2 is really beginning to take shape.

After careful market research the Port of Rotterdam Authority initiated its first densification. A new stretch of land is gradually emerging. Joost Eenhuizen and Matthijs Peeperkorn explain more.

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Video: New space for growth: Offshore Center Rotterdam

Video: New space for growth: Offshore Center Rotterdam

Video: New space for growth: Offshore Center Rotterdam

Video: New space for growth: Offshore Center Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam has released new video revealing the next phase of their Maasvlakte 2 (MVII) offshore densification project that will provide the port with the land needed for quay extensions for four to five terminals.

Research by the Port of Rotterdam Authority has led it to finalize the first part of the project, which involves using a hopper dredger to carry 17 to 18,000 cubic metres of sand to the target location where it is spread over the area by shovels and bulldozers.

Maasvlakte 2 is a major construction project located at Port of Rotterdam involving the construction of a new port and supporting infrastructure on reclaimed land. The new offshore centre is on track to reclaim a total area of 40 to 70 hectares.

There are plans in place that have the potential to develop the land so that companies can invest in constructing industrial buildings and vessels can operate on offshore wind projects with greater ease In addition, it hoped that the area could be used for a dismantling facility so that North Sea oil rigs can be decommissioned.

Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager Maritime and Offshore Industry, Port of Rotterdam, explained that the decision to create the Offshore Centre Rotterdam concept came after concluding that market demand existed and accounting for the standards for the quay walls, expansion options and environmental footprint.

He said: “It turned out this concept could best be realised on newly reclaimed land." The port authority took a risk with this development. “We made a strategic choice because we felt the land should be available when it’s needed.”

The risk appears to have paid off, Peeperkorn said, as media reports have noted the strong business case for the development and short turnaround time for construction.

Eenhuizen said the port is already speaking to companies interested in settling at the offshore centre. The next steps will be issuing contracts, building quay walls and building industrial complexes on the land. SOURCE: POR


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