Maasvlakte 2

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Artist impression of the Maasvlakte 2
Construction of the Maasvlakte 2 in 2009

Maasvlakte 2 is a major civil engineering project in the Netherlands, constructing a new port and supporting infrastructure on reclaimed land adjoining the Maasvlakte. Approximately 2000 hectares will be reclaimed, behind a 4 km dike;[1] approximately 1000 hectares will be used by ports related industries.[2] It is an extension of the Port of Rotterdam.[3][4]

Maasvlakte 2 is the biggest civil engineering project in the Netherlands since the Delta Works.[5] The area opened on 22 May 2013.

Container terminal operators APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway began construction of their terminals in 2012.[6] Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) is the main competitor for European Container Terminals (ECT), currently the biggest operator of a container terminal in Rotterdam. RWG's terminal includes a 20-meter deep dock and its own railroad station, and would be capable of handling 2.35 million containers annually.[7]

The eurogeul was widened in anticipation of increased traffic.

Intermodal transport[edit]

Maasvlakte 2 takes advantage of Europoort's existing transport links; it will be directly connected to the Betuwe Route.[8]

Ships can enter in a few years, because the new section of the harbor has been completed. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands closed the last piece of the construction, on July 11th, 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°57′30″N 3°59′00″E / 51.95833°N 3.98333°E / 51.95833; 3.98333