Due to Maasvlakte 2's construction, the port of Rotterdam will grow by 20 per cent. It is expected that port activities will increase by 24 per cent. To keep the effects of this on police work under control, the Rotterdam-Rijnmond force instituted the strategic force project 'Maasvlakte 2 Safety'.
Maasvlakte 2's construction provides new opportunities in the field of security and safety. Safety can be increased by using these opportunities as well as possible. Maasvlakte 2 is acting as a driving wheel to make the entire Mainport safer.
The 'Maasvlakte 2 Safety' project has three pillars:
- Police work in the port: promoting safety and combating disasters.
- Infrastructure: promoting safety on the road, water, in the air, on the railway and underground (pipelines, glass fibre network). The Seaport Police collaborate with partners on specific safety programmes and professional handling of incidents.
Expertise and a chain approach: promoting the police's information position; the Seaport Police collaborate with government bodies, private companies and stakeholders such as Deltalinqs (the Rotterdam port and industries' association) and the CBRB, the Central Bureau for the Rhine and Inland Shipping.
Safety during construction
During Maasvlakte 2's construction phase, the Seaport Police were allocated an important task. Not only in acting against illegal activities, but also with regard to the safety of visitors to the area. Building sites are no-go areas due to safety. The changes to the coastline can also lead to dangerous currents for swimmers and surfers. The Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police therefore have a clear task and role during construction.
Seaport Police work on safety in the port
The Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police, in close collaboration with partners, carry responsibility for the safety in the port of Rotterdam. The Seaport Police operate actively in the port with a range of proactive and reactive measures. These measures range from nautical supervision to environmental enforcement, and from combating crime to dealing with accidents on the waterways and in the port area. The Seaport Police are part of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police.