The Queen revealed the names of the Prinses Amaliahaven, the Prinses Alexiahaven and the Prinses Arianekanaal – named after the daughters of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima – during a visit to the port’s new information centre ‘FutureLand’, situated between the existing Maasvlakte and Maasvlakte 2, and from where it is possible to see the new reclaimed land emerging from the North Sea this month.
In addition, the port authority and the municipality of Rotterdam have decided that the fourth port on Maasvlakte 2 should bear the name of Prinses Margriet, who previously had a port named after her but which was filled in seven years ago to create more space for container handling.
Since the 1950’s, the Port of Rotterdam has a long tradition of naming ports after members of the Dutch Royal Family, with the latest being the third generation of royal names. “Choosing the names of the young princesses also represents the long-term focus of the Maasvlakte 2 project. The aim of expanding the port by 20% in this way is to ensure that Rotterdam can continue to serve as Europe’s most important port by far for generations to come,” states the company.