1 billion euros for the expansion of Maasvlakte II container terminal

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Left: James Wroe - Head of Hub Investment & Integration, Jan Buijze - Managing Director Maasvlakte II, Ahmed Hassan - Head of Europe Ocean Customer Logistics. Right: Allard Castelein - CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority, Hans Nagtegaal – Director Containers Port of Rotterdam Authority, Igor van den Essen - Regional Managing Director for Africa and Europe. (Photo Jerry Lampen)

One of the world’s leading container terminal operators, APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, has announced the expansion of its Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam. The project involves a site of approximately 47.5 hectares with 1,000 metres of deep-sea quay, according to the company’s release.The Port of Rotterdam Authority is now constructing the new quay walls, which will be completed by mid-2024. The expansion will increase the terminal’s capacity by approx. 2 million TEU and the new section is expected to be operational in the second half of 2026.

APM Terminals opened at Maasvlakte II in 2015 as a fully automated facility with zero carbon emissions. The additional section of the terminal will also operate with net-zero emissions and be fully automated and prepared for shore power installation.

Last year, 18.5 hectares of land in the same area were already leased to A.P. Moller – Maersk for the development of cross-dock and cold store facilities which will open during 2024. The facilities will provide ‘on-dock’ services for Maersk, which is one of the terminal’s main shipping-line customers.In addition to the new terminal site, an empty depot of around 16 hectares will also be built for Star Container Services – a subsidiary of A.P. Moller – Maersk – in the area immediately alongside APM Terminals Maasvlakte II.With this announcement for Maasvlakte II, all the remaining vacant sites for APM Terminals in the Amaliahaven area of the port have now been leased for expansion projects.

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