Engineering Award for Maasvlakte

The construction of Maasvlakte 2 has been recognized by the award of the prof. dr. ir. J.F. Agema prize, which is awarded every five years to an innovative marine engineering work that was designed or constructed by a Dutch party.

This prize, the initiative of the KIVI (Royal Institute of Engineers), goes to the entire team of client, designer and contractor.

In the case of the Maasvlakte 2 project, the winning team includes the Port of Rotterdam Authority and contractors Van Oord and Boskalis, as part of the PUMA consortium.

Crowning achievement

The winner was announced on 10 November during the Waterbouwdag (Water Management Day) 2015 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Maasvlakte 2 was nominated for the award together with four other marine projects.

Cooperation between the client and the consortium resulted in many innovative solutions for design, execution methods and survey techniques, such as the hard seawall, a combination of a block dam of recycled concrete blocks and a cobblestone beach. The Maasvlakte 2 project also focused on sustainability in design, layout and execution. For example, a borrow area near the coast was selected from those available to save energy and reduce emissions,” said Dirk Hamer, former Project Director of PUMA.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority considers this prestigious prize to be the crowning achievement of this joint project. It demonstrates that constructive cooperation can lead to exceptional results. And innovative solutions were not the only achievement. The work was completed on time, within budget and according to the agreed quality standards, with PUMA as well as with other stakeholders,” said Ronald Paul, former director of the Project organization Maasvlakte 2.

Port extension

PUMA completed by commission of Port of Rotterdam Authority as one of the main contractors the first part of Maasvlakte 2 – the expansion of the port of Rotterdam – between 2008 and 2013.

This phase encompassed the creation of a new port area covering 700 hectares, including the construction of an 11-kilometer seawall.

The port extension has increased the port’s competitiveness as a world-class logistical node and industrial complex.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee:

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