About Maasvlakte 2

New land in sea

The construction of Maasvlakte 2, the expansion of the Port of Rotterdam in the Northsea, is at present one of the major infrastructural projects in The Netherlands. Maasvlakte 2 is constructed directly adjacent to the West-side of the existing port- and industry area of Rotterdam.

Maasvlakte 2 will primarily accommodate growth sectors: container terminals, distribution activities and the chemical industry. These sectors have a strong interest in industrial sites that are located on the edge of deep water – as will be offered by Maasvlakte 2. The port will allow the largest ships to put in here 24 hours a day. No other port in Europe can match this. International companies have shown a great deal of interest in setting up at Maasvlakte 2. Contracts have already been signed for over 40% of the sites at Maasvlakte 2.

Naturally, the future of the port does not only depend on its position in the market. Quality of life and the environment are just as significant. For this reason, sustainability is a very important theme with Maasvlakte 2. With respect to both the construction and the choice of companies which will be allowed to set up business there. The environmental aspects, such as the amount of air pollution or noise nuisance caused by the companies, will also be weighed in this choice.%u2028The first phase of construction on Maasvlakte 2 is complete. The seawall around Maasvlakte 2 was closed on 11 July 2012. The first part of the beach was once again opened to visitors in the spring of 2012 and the entire area became accessible when the roads were completed that autumn. Maasvlakte 2 is nautically accessible since May 2013.

For Portscapes 2 four artists were selected to realize a project:

Jan Konings
Fritz Haeg
Tomas Saraceno