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Location: Rotterdam
Discipline: Port, river & hydraulic engineering
Period: 2015 - 2017

Offshore Terminal Rotterdam


July 2017

The southern mooring site was brought into use

January 2017

Start of pile-driving work, deep sea quay

April 2016

Start of study

June 2015

Maasvlakte 2 is an example of innovative and sustainable port development in Rotterdam. In order to respond to the rapidly growing offshore wind industry, a new terminal was built here with a total surface area of 42 hectares. This made it possible to expand the production and storage capacity of giant foundation piles of wind turbines (monopiles) for new wind farms at sea.

MariTeam was responsible for the design of the entire quay infrastructure: a 500m deep-sea quay, an inland shipping quay wall and 2 berths (including dredging and shore and soil protection).

With a retaining height of 30m, the deep-sea quay can be considered one of the largest quay walls in the world. The dimensions assumed by the quay wall are close to the limits of what is possible. The ‘manufacturability’ aspect therefore had to be constantly tested during the design. SBE’s specific expertise was necessary to bring the complex design to a successful conclusion.

The project team soon came across a lack of guidelines for the design of a quay wall that would allow jack-up vessels. We had to adopt a pioneering approach. A comprehensive monitoring system was used to monitor and analyse starting points in order to set up practical guidelines for future projects. And all this was completed within a tight time-frame of barely 5 months from preliminary design to tender offer. During the execution of the works, SBE was involved as an operations department, which provided us with a wealth of practical knowledge.