After fifteen years of planning and preparation for Maasvlakte 2, a start will now be made on dredging sand in the Yangtzehaven, using the cutter suction dredger Zuiderklip. The sand will be transported, via a pressure pipeline, to the site where the APMT terminal is to be built, to the north of the Slufterstrand. Soon after this, the first hopper dredger will begin to build the soft coastal defences.
Contracts were signed over a year ago for more than 40% of the planned sites in the development (the APMT, the RWG and Euromax terminals). The container market is desperate for new deepwater sites and the space that Maasvlakte 2 will shortly provide, according to Smits.
A limited number of appeals has been lodged against the permits, but these relate more to the use of Maasvlakte 2 and to environmental compensation. Smit said that, considering the thorough and extensive studies involved in the permit applications, the Port Authority would face the appeal procedures with confidence.