The Netherlands: First Quay Section at Maasvlakte 2 Gets Wet
Last week, first deep sea quay wall section, of 250 meters, at Maasvlakte 2 has been dredged free from sand. In the beginning of may, contractor PUMA started to dredge the first basin of the new port area. The first section of 500 meters will be delivered to the port of Rotterdam Authority in October. The quay will be used by vessels used for port construction until the first container vessels moor, as is expected, in 2013.
The concrete quay walls of the furure container terminal of Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) are constructed in terrain that was raised with a sand-water-slurry. Now, after completion of the quay wall, the sand is extracted from the water side by the cutter ‘Zuiderklip’. This sand is used to raise other terrains at Maasvlakte 2 further. Within three weeks, 500 meters of quay wall will be wet and the water itself will be deepened further. Eventually, the Maasvlakte 2 docks will be 20 meters deep.
Source: portofrotterdam, June 22, 2011;