Rijnhaven Marina: take a stroll through Rotterdam’s dedicated port for superyachts

Rotterdam stands to gain a new tourist attraction in the form of a dedicated marina for luxurious superyachts. Today, 12 maritime firms submitted their proposal to Rotterdam’s municipal authorities. The construction and operation of the new Rijnhaven Marina in the western section of Rotterdam’s Zuidoever will create 200 to 1,000 jobs. The private sector intends to cover the associated investment of EUR 12 million.

Rijnhaven Marina

Illustration: Rijnhaven Marina
Source: Rijnhaven Marina / IPV Delft

The proposal for the Rijnhaven Marina outlines floating jetties, a pedestrian boulevard and a terminal. Its 40 to 50 berths will accommodate larger yachts that have been built in the region, as well as existing superyachts based in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Right now, new yachts that have been built or fitted out at one of the region’s specialist shipyards are still moored in Rotterdam’s industrial port area. The Marina can serve as an attractive ‘showroom’ for existing and prospective yacht owners. In addition, Rotterdam is ideally situated along a popular yachting route: between the Mediterranean and more northern-lying destinations like Iceland. The Marina will lie in the heart of the city and – apart from Rijnhavenbrug – have an open connection with the North Sea.

Sustainability is a top priority

The proposal also links the Marina to other functions found at Rijnhaven, like the ‘Globes’ (a floating events hall) and a proposed floating public swimming pool. A large part of the port area, including the Marina Office, hospitality establishments, the boulevard and a sun terrace, will be open to the public, allowing visitors to see the luxury vessels up close. The parties behind the initiative aim to be front runners in the area of sustainability – by offering shore-based power, for example, and an environmentally friendly system for the loading of ballast water.

The Rotterdam Maritime Capital region is already home to a number of shipyards and suppliers catering to the superyacht segment, including Oceanco, Feadship, Damen, De Haas, Alphatron Marine and Atlas Paint Consultants.

The Rijnhaven Marina project is endorsed by Rotterdam Maritime Board, Zeelander, Damen, Kotug/Rotortug, KRVE, De Haas, Alphatron Marine, EBT Yacht panels, Nederland Maritiem Land and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

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