On Monday September 1, with the press of a button, Mayor Ivo Opstelten set in motion the sand-spraying operation for Maasvlakte 2. This, in turn, was the starting signal for this expansion of the port of Rotterdam. "An historic day for our mainport. After 15 years of making plans, discussion and procedures, we are now making a start on this urgently needed port expansion," says Opstelten. "Maasvlakte 2 is important for our economy and for our prosperity. But Maasvlakte 2 also symbolizes the vitality of Dutch logistics, industry and hydraulic engineering. These all come together in this project," according to Hans Smits, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO.
Maasvlakte 2 will increase the port of Rotterdam by 20%.
The Port Authority will bear the costs and risks of building Maasvlakte 2. 40% of the space on Maasvlakte 2 has already been let to various container terminals. At the beginning of this year, a contract worth