The most striking example of innovation and sustainable port development in Rotterdam is Maasvlakte 2. Here you’ll encounter two of the world’s most modern container terminals, where the world’s largest container ships are handled and giant wind turbine foundation piles for new offshore wind farms are assembled.
In total, 1,000 hectares will eventually become available for innovative, sustainable, deep sea-related port industry.
Europe's most important port is always under development. We do this in collaboration with various parties. Read more about the construction and design of Maasvlakte 2 and the projects that we are realising in Rotterdam's latest port area.
Maasvlakte 2: test and demo location for offshore wind
Europe’s maritime capital is the ideal location for innovation in offshore wind. Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam offers space for offshore testing and demo facilities. But where are all these facilities and what do the various locations offer? From now on, you will be able to see them in the Offshore Innovation overview.
Cable connection for offshore wind farms
A cable connection between the ‘Hollandse Kust (south)’ wind farm and Maasvlakte is being realised by grid operator TenneT. This will enable electricity generated by North Sea wind farms to be brought ashore. The wind farm will soon be generating enough clean electricity to power 1.6 million households.
Construction begins on the Maasvlakte 2 Wind Farm
Closure of Prinses Máximaweg, cycle path and sport beach
Eneco is building a wind farm on the outer edge of Maasvlakte 2, commissioned by the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. The wind farm comprises a total of 22 wind turbines that will collectively generate 416 GWh of green electricity a year, as of 2023. The work will be carried out from mid-February to the end of November 2022.
Rotterdam Mainport Development Project
An extensive and thorough preparation phase preceded the construction of Maasvlakte 2. As one of the most important ports in the world and as Europe’s biggest port, Rotterdam’s contribution to the Dutch economy is significant. Towards the end of the last century, there was almost no space available in the existing port and industrial area for new companies or for existing clients who wanted to expand. More space was needed for Rotterdam’s development and competitive position, which is why the Dutch government took the decision to strengthen Mainport Rotterdam.
New port area at sea
The two most up-to-date automatic container terminals in the world, the largest sea-going vessels on earth, giant foundation piles for offshore wind turbines, and a permanent berth for the world’s largest vessel, the Pioneering Spirit, and two berths for ship to ship handling; the developments since the completion of construction in 2013 are impressive.
If you’d like to find out more about the construction and layout of Maasvlakte 2 or other developments in Europe’s most important port, you can visit FutureLand Information Centre. As well as the informative and interactive exhibition, you can also take a boat or bus tour.