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; approximately 1000 hectares will be used by ports related industries. It is an extension of the Port of Rotterdam.
Container terminal operators APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway began construction of their terminals in 2012. 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.
The eurogeul was widened in anticipation of increased traffic.
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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