Maasvlakte 2

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] The APM terminal opened in April 2015.[7] 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.[8]

The Eurogeul was widened in anticipation of increased traffic.

Intermodal transport

Maasvlakte 2 takes advantage of Europoort's existing transport links; it will be directly connected to the Betuwe Route.[9]


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  8. "Bouw containerhaven Tweede Maasvlakte gaat door". Eindhovens Dagblad. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  9. "Expansion of Rail Infrastructure and Transfer Capacity". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-10-31.

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