The construction work for the new second berth in Europoort is well on its way. The new berth will be able to handle ships up to a length of 212m and a draft of 6.3m.
“The berth has been excavated and the next milestone will be filling it with water, which is planned for the end of this summer, and after that the linkspan will be placed”, says Marcel van der Vlugt, General Manager Port Operations. After completion of the piling for the quay wall, linkspan foundations and the placing of the grouted anchors, the work started on reinforcing the quay wall (see pictures).
Over the last few months the concrete work was carried out and the phasing screen was installed, which is a temporary separation between the new and the old berth”, Bob Brouwer, Fleet Manager and responsible for port and terminal facilities, adds. The work, carried out by Ballast Nedam, proceeds satisfactorily. “The collaboration with Ballast Nedam and the Port of Rotterdam is very good!”, emphasizes Bob Brouwer.
Actions have been taken, to minimize hindrance from the work on the Stena Line services. “A separate entry has been made for the delivery and disposal of materials. In addition, there are regular consultations on the steps to be taken, in order to anticipate timings”, explains Marcel van der Vlugt. It is expected that this new berth, berth 1-North will be completed in January 2017. Thereafter, the current berth will be renewed and both berths will be operational from January 2018.
Freight Commercial Manager, North Sea