Since work began on Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte 2 two years ago 170 million cubic meters of sand has been brought in. At the height of the sand operations some 10 trailing hopper suction dredges were at work simultaneously. Now that number has been reduced to about three. Contractor PUMA (a joint venture between Boskalis and Van Oord) has shifted the focus to the construction of 3.5 km of hard sea defences on the northwest side and the construction of the quay wall for the first container terminal. Both are in full swing. This means that the project is on schedule. In three years the first container ship will be able to moor in the new port area.
Important milestones in 2011 will be the start of construction work on the quay wall for the APMT container terminal (January); the delivery of the site to container stevedoring company RWG so that it can set up its terminal (spring); and the construction of the infrastructure bundle (road rail cables and pipelines) to connect Maasvlakte 2 to the existing port infrastructure. This infrastructure bundle will be situated between the Slufter and Distripark Maasvlakte.