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Rotterdam reclaims 2,000 acres

[ July 13, 2012   //   ]

The Dutch coastline changed forever on 11 July when Queen Beatrix symbolically completed a massive land reclamation project as part of the Maasvlakte 2 development. At slack water contractors Boskalis and Van Oord closed the gap in the eleven-kilometre long seawall. President and CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Hans Smits, declared: “After 3.5 years of hard work, today we reached a major milestone. The seawall around Maasvlakte 2 has been closed and these 2,000 hectares of new Netherlands are properly protected against the sea.”

Work will soon begin on building Europe’s largest container terminal at Maasvlakte 2. Rotterdam World Gateway – a consortium of DP World plus the New World Alliance lines and CMA CGM – expects to open its first terminal in 2014, with test berthing expected in 2013, though issues over financing may delay opening slightly. APM Terminals will operate the other facility.

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