Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster and Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors have completed the first stage of the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s Maasvlakte 2 expansion in the Netherlands.
PUMA, the contractors' joint venture, started the expansion at the Port of Rotterdam five years ago. The project includes 700 hectares (about 1,730 acres) of new industrial sites, 11 kilometers (about 7 miles) of seawall, 2 miles of quay wall, 15 miles of roads, 9 miles of rail and 1,384 acres of port basin.
The work now completed is the majority of the construction of Maasvlakte 2. The port authority is currently working on the nautical accessibility of the expansion, including the installation of leading lights and buoys for shipping, which will allow ships to navigate the area starting on May 22.
In the coming year, work will continue on infrastructure on the boundary between the existing port area and Maasvlakte 2, including the construction of a flyer intersection at the ECT terminal. In addition, APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway are working on new container terminals, both of which are expected to be operational by year-end 2014.