The Maasvlakte 2 team not only examined a variety of options for the area's outer contour, but also for its interior. They ultimately selected a truly revolutionary design.
The design for Maasvlakte 2's interior consists of a number of large, continuous canals that can be both navigated by ships and used to load and unload their cargo. Such an elaboration of the 'wet infrastructure' is highly unusual in the shipping sector. It was always thought that the waves created by passing ships would disturb the docking ships and the loading and unloading of goods. In addition, it could lead to dangerous situations: moving ships could collide with moored vessels. Various analyses and studies performed by the Port Authority show that these fears are unfounded.
Less surface area required
Maasvlakte 2 will therefore gain a groundbreaking interior: broad fairways that can accommodate the full range of port activities. Since the port will not be requiring separate navigation channels, there will be more space left for business activity. This means that all in all, Maasvlakte 2 will require less surface area to accommodate just as many companies as a classic port design. The result: less pressure on the environment.
Functional and attractive
Besides functionality, the Port Authority will also pay strong attention to the appearance of the new port area. That is why it is presently drawing up special guidelines for both the companies and the public space. These will determine the port's visual quality. Maasvlakte 2 will not be dotted with a random array of grey boxes, as is often the case on industrial sites, but will be distinguished by well-positioned and attractive business activity. Maasvlakte 2's appearance needs to connect to the core values of the Rotterdam port: functional, clean and high-tech. The same applies to the port infrastructure: for example, all local flyovers will have the same look.