Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a contract with Boskalis for the construction of around 400,000 m² of new land in the northwest corner of Prinses Alexiahaven on Maasvlakte II.
The completion of the new site construction is scheduled for the end of the year.
Moreover, Boskalis is also building two sand dams. Sand released behind these sand dams from the deepening of port basins in the coming years can be deposited and reused to create new land in an efficient way, according to a statement.
Due to the energy transition, sites in the port area are in high demand. However, the number of available sites in the existing port area is becoming scarce, which is why the port authority is now starting to build new sites on Maasvlakte II.
“Concrete interest has already been shown in these sites,” pointed out the Port of Rotterdam Authority, adding that the HBV consortium (HOCHTIEF, Ballast Nedam and Van Oord) will soon start deepening the Prinses Amaliahaven.
The good sand released will be used in the Prinses Alexiahaven to build new sites, for which sand dams will also be constructed, while dredged-up material that is not suitable for the construction of new sites will be shipped to sea.
On the way back, the dredgers will bring sand in. By reusing sand and preventing dredgers from sailing empty, the port authority aims to reduce the environmental cost for the construction of new sites.