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Blueprint for a solid design

The Maasvlakte 2 Master Plan lies at the heart of the development of the largest port expansion project in the Netherlands since the 1960s. The Master Plan was used to attract the first clients, to apply for the permits for the development and operation of the new port area and to start up the construction activities. In short, the Master Plan is the blueprint for the port of the future. A port of the future that offers solutions for the lack of space, provides an effective response to economic trends and pays due attention to people, nature and the port's surroundings.

For the Port Authority, sustainability means: a conscious choice for people, the environment and the economy. Today's investments should not be at the cost of the opportunities and quality of life of future generations. This is why from the moment the very first plans were drawn up, the Port Authority entered into dialogue with the residents of the Rijnmond area and interest groups. Working in consultation with a variety of parties and with everyone contributing, this has safeguarded the sustainable development of Maasvlakte 2, both during the design, the construction and the operation of the new port.

Since demands, wishes and ideas constantly influence the design, it was decided to follow a step-by-step design process that systematically addresses all the issues and challenges. As such, the Maasvlakte 2 Master Plan reflects the sum of all considerations and decisions that are determining factors in the port expansion.

The key themes in the Master Plan are:

Business activity
About the purpose and necessity of Maasvlakte 2. For what kinds of companies is Maasvlakte 2 being constructed? What are the location requirements? How is sustainability guaranteed?

The seawall
What do the contours of Maasvlakte 2 look like? Which shape and which seawall were opted for?

Shipping
How can ocean-going vessels safely and quickly reach Maasvlakte 2 and what types of ships are taken into consideration?

Design of the port sites
How do sea-going vessels and inland vessels find their way in the new Maasvlakte? And where can they load and unload? Which requirements have been set for the quay walls?

Infrastructure
Which infrastructure will be constructed to link companies to the connections with the hinterland?

Connections with the hinterland
How will the transport to the hinterland be organised and how will it be ensured that it is optimally utilised?

Landscape and recreation
How will employees and recreationists experience Maasvlakte 2 and what will be the appearance of the port and industrial areas and the surrounding landscape?

Point of departure for the contractor

The Master Plan doesn't necessarily match the project ultimately realised by contractor PUMA down to the last detail. The Master Plan does establish the framework and the guidelines for what Maasvlakte 2 is supposed to look like. There is scope for the contractor to improve the plan or make it cheaper where possible. Naturally, without sacrificing quality. In addition, changes to the plan need to be approved by the Port Authority.