Port of Rotterdam Authority starts construction of Maasvlakte 2

News – August 26, 2008

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced that it is to start construction work on Maasvlakte 2 at the beginning of September.

This announcement was made by Hans Smits, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, on 19 August, during the presentation of the company’s half-yearly figures.

According to Mr Smits, the Port Authority now has all the necessary permits to start the work.

A limited number of appeals have been lodged against these permits, mainly relating to the use of Maasvlakte 2 and to part of the environmental compensation work that is planned.

After 15 years of planning and preparation for Maasvlakte 2, a start will now be made on dredging sand in the Yangtzehaven, using the cutter suction dredger Zuiderklip.

The sand will then be transported, via a pressure pipeline, to the place where the APM terminal is to be built, to the north of the Slufterstrand.

Soon after this, the first hopper dredger will begin to build the soft coastal defences and begin reclamation work off the coast.