APM Terminals Maasvlakte II B.V. is developing a new container terminal on Maasvlakte 2, a new port and supporting infrastructure being built on reclaimed land to extend the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The terminal will be one of the world’s most advanced, sustainable and efficient terminals. When fully built out, the terminal will cover approximately 180 ha and have a 2800 m deep-sea quay and a 500 m barge quay.
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. Most of these consultancy services were completed in March 2012. This was followed by Witteveen+Bos being engaged to oversee work on the contract during construction of the first phase of the terminal over the next two years. The terminal is scheduled to open in November 2014.
Operations at the terminal will be highly automated, including quay cranes, stacking cranes and horizontal transport vehicles. The entire terminal will have a capacity of at least 4.5 million TEU when completed. The terminal will be developed in phases. Phase A will 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.
In cooperation with Railinfra Solutions, Witteveen+Bos delivered the site-wide conceptual design, detailed design and tender documents. The scope included civil, electrical & 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.
Witteveen+Bos is now overseeing performance of the contract during construction of the terminal. 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 face 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 eager to take on the challenge and proud to be part of the team.