New container terminal opened
On Friday 24 April, the new fully automated terminal of APM Terminals (APMT) in the Maasvlakte 2 industrial zone was officially opened by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The King kicked off the opening show by giving an instruction by walkie-talkie.
The new container terminal will be a leader in sustainability performance, safety standards and productivity. In January 2011, Witteveen+Bos was commissioned to prepare the civil engineering design and the tender documents for the terminal, and to provide support during the tender procedure. Subsequently, Witteveen+Bos was also asked to manage and supervise the construction works in the first phase. The terminal was taken into operation in December 2014. Witteveen+Bos project leader Ben-Jaap Pielage was present at the opening ceremony. ‘When we were designing the terminal, the Maasvlakte 2 port area was still under construction. And now just look at all these completed and operational facilities. We are very proud to be part of this amazing project, and we look forward to a long and close collaboration with APMT.’ The new facility is the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable container terminal. When fully developed, the terminal will have a total capacity of at least 4.5 million TEU. The facility is being developed in phases. The first operational phase includes a plot of 86 hectares, 1 kilometre of deep sea docks, and 500 metres of docks for inland vessels. The terminal can handle all transport modalities, including the latest generation of container ships such as the Maersk Triple E class.