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Rotterdam embarks on quay expansion to add 4m teu throughput capacity

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The Netherlands’ Port of Rotterdam Authority has embarked on a quay lengthening project that is expected to increase annual throughput capacity in Rotterdam port by 4m teu.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has awarded the construction of some 2.4km of quays and earth-retaining walls in the Princess Amalia Harbour to contractors, marking the start of the further development of the harbour located on Maasvlakte II.

“Particularly because of e-commerce, container volumes are increasing sharply,” explained Boudewijn Siemons, chief operating officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

“To further strengthen our leading position as Europe's largest container port, we are now responding to this development by investing in the further expansion of the Princess Amalia Harbour. This is an investment that will boost the competitive position of our customers and of Rotterdam,” Siemons said.

The potential additional container traffic of 4m teu is equivalent to an increase in capacity of about 28% over the 2020 annual total.

Container terminals APM Terminals and RWG are already active in the Princess Amalia Harbour, with 1,500 and 1,700 metres of quay respectively.

The new building work will include 1,825 metres of deepsea quay, 160 metres of inland shipping quay and 360 metres of soil-retaining walls. The completion of the first 500 metres of quay wall is expected in late-2022. The final part of the project will be completed no more than 18 months later.

The latest project also includes the construction of a 160-metre waiting area for general use by inland shipping vessels.

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