The construction of Maasvlakte 2 started on 1 September 2008. Due to this, the nautical situation off the coast has changed permanently. To remain able to guarantee safety in the approaches to Rotterdam, measures have been in force since 2008. The working area for Maasvlakte 2’s construction is closed to all shipping. In addition, the crossing route for small vessels has been diverted. These measures were publicised via the Bekendmakingen aan de Scheepvaart (announcements to shipping) section in the Government Gazette.
Buoying of working area
The land reclamation is clearly visible from the sea. Maasvlakte 2’s working area is marked with buoys MV-A, MV-B, MV, MV-C and MVN. It is forbidden to be in the marked area without a permit, the reason being the continuous activities of working vessels. Moreover, the seabed is becoming ever shallower. This leads to the risk that vessels will run aground.
The crossing route is marked with the MV buoy to the south and the MN1 buoy to the north of the route.
Altered crossing route
The crossing route for small vessels has been diverted for Maasvlakte 2’s construction. The new route lies more seaward and is marked with lit buoys. Small vessels are strongly recommended to follow this new route when crossing the Maas Entrance. Recommendations for a safe crossing are included in Bekendmakingen aan de Scheepvaart, such as notification and keeping watch on VHF channel 3 in the Maas Entrance radar sector.
Trailing suction hopper dredgers are extracting sand for Maasvlakte 2’s construction from designated sand extraction areas in the vicinity of Maas Centre. Small vessels may encounter work traffic in this area. There is an opening in the new seawall to the east of buoy MV-C, used by the trailing suction hopper dredgers that transport the extracted sand to Maasvlakte 2. Please be aware that they may cross the crossing route for small vessels there. Other work vessels use this route to Maasvlakte 2 as well.
Small vessels are strongly recommended to make themselves aware of the changes in the area. This is possible by consulting the latest edition of the chart and the relevant Bekendmakingen aan de Scheepvaart. Information is also available via the Port of Rotterdam Authority website, www.portofrotterdam.com.
Enquiries about the altered circumstances and the traffic situation may be made to the Traffic Center Hook of Holland, the traffic direction duty officer (phone +31 (0)10-252 28 01 or VHF channel 11).