The construction of Maasvlakte 2 allows the Port Authority to anticipate and respond to the growing demand for space of new and existing clients. Construction will only start on the next series of port and industrial sites once clients have been attracted for these locations.
Maasvlakte 2 will be constructed in phases. The pace of construction is determined by the pace at which the Port Authority is able to contract clients. Construction will only start on a site once a tenant has been found for it. By constructing the land reclamation section by section, the Port Authority can avoid that sites lie fallow unnecessarily and cost money. There is a great deal of international interest in locating on Maasvlakte 2 and the first sites have already been granted. Work on phase I of the construction of the new port and industrial area started in September 2008.
The first phase to be completed involves the construction of 3.5 km of hard seawall (rocks and blocks), 7.5 km of soft seawall (beach and dunes), the first port sites (some 700 ha), 2 km of deepsea quay (-20 m NAP), 1 km of barge/feeder quay (-11/-13 m NAP), dredging the port basins to the correct depth and the construction of 11 km of roads (a dual carriageway and two secondary roads) and railway lines (double track) required to provide access to Maasvlakte 2. The contract for phase I also covers the maintenance of the seawall during the first five years after completion. Phase I is expected to be rounded off in the course of 2013.
The elaboration of phase II depends on the demand for newly granted sites.