APMT container terminals Rotterdam

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II B.V. has developed a new container terminal on Maasvlakte 2, a new port and supporting infrastructure that was built on reclaimed land to extend the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The terminal is one of the world’s most advanced, sustainable and efficient terminals. The entire terminal covers approximately 180 hectares and will have a 2,800 metres deep-sea quay and a 500 metres barge quay.

Witteveen+Bos provided the full range of services, from design and a site assignment plan to tender preparation and supervision. We investigated sustainable measures, supported construction planning and provided project management services.

First phase

In January 2011 Witteveen+Bos was contracted to provide the civil engineering design and tender documentation and to render assistance during the call for tenders for the terminal. This was followed by Witteveen+Bos overseeing the work on the contract during construction of the first phase of the terminal. The terminal opened at the end of 2014.

Terminal characteristics

Operations at the terminal are highly automated, including quay cranes, stacking cranes and horizontal transport vehicles. The entire terminal will has a capacity of at least 4.5 million TEU after completion. The terminal is be developed in phases. Phase A is be the first operational phase and will cover approximately 86 ha, with a deep-sea quay of 1000 m and barge quay of 500 m. The terminal can service all modes of transport, including the largest next generation container vessel such as the Triple E class from Maersk.

Integral design

Witteveen+Bos worked on the site-wide conceptual design, detailed design and tender documents. The scope included civil, electrical and mechanical work (excluding equipment), rails and buildings. The design was developed using 3D modelling, allowing for better integration of the different disciplines involved and better identification for potential conflicts.

Construction supervision

In April 2012, APMT selected the civil contractor (GMB, Dura Vermeer & Imtech) and Witteveen+Bos installed the supervision team. The parties working on this project faced a tough challenge to build the terminal to the high standards required by APMT on time, within budget and with respect for the environment. We are proud to have been part of the team.

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