Maasvlakte 2 will offer 1,000 ha of modern industrial sites, located directly on deep seawater and with excellent connections to the hinterland. For companies that rely on sea transport, the situation could hardly be better. Maasvlakte 2 will be accommodating three sectors: container transfer companies, the chemical industry and distribution companies. These sectors will need space the most urgently in years to come and stand to benefit the most from deep water.
But setting up in the new port and industrial area is no free for all. The Port Authority has set strict requirements for the new clients to meet. For example, the Port Authority is explicitly looking for clients that respect the environment during their operations. This means that companies will not only be selected on the basis of financial considerations, but also environmental aspects such as, for example, air pollution and noise nuisance. In this context, the Port Authority looks further than just the company's location. Its operational management is also scrutinised.
Who will be setting up at Maasvlakte 2?
Space at Maasvlakte 2 is definitely in demand. Even before work started on the construction of Maasvlakte 2, 40% of the new port sites had been rented out. Of Maasvlakte 2's total of 1,000 ha, 400 ha has currently been granted. Two of the Port Authority's existing clients will be expanding their activities at Maasvlakte 2. A third, new client has been attracted via an open assessment procedure. The following tenants will be constructing a container terminal on Maasvlakte 2:
Rotterdam World Gateway
The first terminal to be finished on Maasvlakte 2 will be operated by Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG). The terminal will have a capacity of 4 million TEU*.
The stevedore APM Terminals, a subsidiary of A.P. Møller-Maersk Group (Denmark), will be developing the second container terminal on Maasvlakte 2 - ready to handle some 4.5 million TEU*. This terminal will be taken into operation in 2014.
ECT | Euromax
ECT is currently the largest container transfer company in the Rotterdam port. On Maasvlakte 2, ECT has reserved a site directly adjacent to the Euromax Terminal. This way, in due time, ECT can realise an expansion of the existing Euromax Terminal.
Open assessment procedure
The first plot of new land that will become available has been reserved for Rotterdam World Gateway. This consortium was granted the site after an open assessment procedure. This procedure ran between 2005 and 2007. At the time, interested parties could bid on the contract for the first Maasvlakte 2 site. The tenant was selected on the basis of, among other things, its expected transfer volume, its strategy and the sustainability of its operational management.
*TEU = Twenty foot Equivalent Unit, a standard unit of container capacity