Work starts next month on constructing the first container terminal at the huge new port complex at Rotterdam. Over a quarter of the necessary sand for the complex was applied during the last year by the contractors’ consortium PUMA. The trailing suction hopper dredgers are creating two islands in the North Sea, and by early November, one of these was over 4km long and had been ‘secured’ to the old coastline.
Next month, construction work on the first quay wall for the Rotterdam World Gateway container terminal will begin and this terminal should be operational in 2013. Also starting next month is building of the hard sea defences on the northwest side of Maasvlakte 2.
Construction work on Maasvlakte 2 began on Sept 1, 2008, and the complex will result in a 20 per cent expansion of the port of Rotterdam. (click here for Google Map)
At the start of last year, work really got under way when PUMA put a large number of trailing suction hopper dredgers into operation. On average, seven of these vessels have been operating around the clock. They suck sand from the bottom of the North Sea, about 12 km off the coast, and carry it to Maasvlakte 2 where it is then sprayed ashore.
At the end of April, the first land emerged from the water. By November, there was a peninsula more than 4 km long forming the new coastline and an island stretching about 3 km.
Starting this year are a number of projects to ensure that Maasvlakte 2 links up seamlessly with the existing port infrastructure.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - January 2010 Issue