The Port of Rotterdam, in partnership with Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT), has commissioned a project to deepen a 500 m stretch of the Amazonehaven port basin at Maasvlakte from 16.65 m to 17.45 m.
The aim is to ensure the ECT Delta Terminal, which receives some of the largest container ships in the world, the nautical accessibility in order to continue to meet the requirements of the next generation of vessels.
Emile Hoogsteden, commercial vice president at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “Rotterdam is favourably situated on the North Sea coast and offers unrivalled water depths, strong hinterland connections and a high level of digitalisation.
“That’s why many intercontinental scheduled container services include Rotterdam as both their first and last port of call in Europe. Shipping lines are always striving for new economies of scale, since this enables them to offer more competitive transport rates.”
It is expected to be completed by the second half of November 2020 and, once the project has been rounded off, the port authority and ECT will evaluate whether it is possible to deepen a larger section of the Amazonehaven basin.
The partners intend to realise a comparable depth for at least two additional berths, each of which is 500 m long.
Leo Ruijs, CEO of ECT, said: “We continuously invest in the ECT Delta Terminal – both to remain future-proof and so we can keep offering our clients an optimal range of services.
“The deepening of the Amazonehaven basin forms an important element in this programme as it will further strengthen our competitive edge.”
The project will begin with preparatory work in week 40 and, after this, the contractor will dredge three berths along the southern quay wall. Deepening activities are expected to be rounded off in week 47.