Today Van Oord’s Managing Director John van Herwijnen signed the contract for the Maasvlakte 2 port expansion project at Rotterdam. Van Oord has a 50% stake in the PUMA consortium, which will be carrying out phase 1 of the project. The total value of the contract for this phase amounts to more than EUR 1 billion. ‘It is precisely our involvement in impressive land reclamation projects elsewhere in the world – for example The Palm and The World in Dubai – makes us proud to show our capabilities in our own country,’ declared John van Herwijnen.
The first part of the Maasvlakte 2 site will be constructed between 2008 and 2013. Under the contract, the consortium will construct 11 km of seawall, the first 700 ha or so of the new port site (900 ha in total), and 3 km of quay walls. It will also dig the port basins to their required depth and build 11 km of roads. The contract further stipulates that the consortium will be responsible for maintaining the Maasvlakte 2 seawall for an initial five-year period after the work is completed. The project will require 240 million m³ of sand, 7.5 million tonnes of stone and concrete blocks.
The first container terminal will begin to operate in 2013.
Van Oord is building tomorrow's infrastructure around the world. Its core activities are dredging, offshore services, coastal construction, and infrastructure (marine and land-based). The company has 4,000 employees worldwide working in more than 26 countries. Van Oord has a large, state-of-the-art fleet that is currently being expanded on a massive scale. The challenges associated with climate change, the global increase in goods transport, and the growing demand for oil and gas are giving Van Oord the opportunity to boost its leading position in marine construction.
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