The first 30 hectares of Offshore Center Rotterdam have been completed. PUMA, a project organisation created by a partnership between Dutch hydraulic engineering firms Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV and Van Oord NV that focuses specifically on the expansion of the Maasvlakte site, processed 6 million m3 of sand in four months to complete the work. Only 2 million m3 of sand are now needed to raise the other 40 hectares to the required level. There is considerable interest in the centre. The Port of Rotterdam expects the first companies to establish themselves on the site in 2019.
The creation of Offshore Center Rotterdam is in keeping with the Port of Rotterdam’s policy of further developing what is already a highly developed group of Rotterdam-based companies in the offshore and maritime industry.
70 hectares of land, 1,600 metres of quay infrastructure
Located in Princess Alexiahaven against the seawall, near the berth of Pioneering Spirit, Offshore Center Rotterdam will be a site at which leading companies cooperate in the offshore wind, decommissioning and oil and gas markets. Services will include construction, assembly, heavy lifting, logistics and mobilisation and demobilisation. The coming years look promising for offshore wind farms and decommissioning operations. Offshore Center Rotterdam will make it possible for the port to make the most of the opportunities and thereby enable Rotterdam to benefit from the expected growth in the offshore sector. Offshore Center Rotterdam will ultimately measure 70 hectares in size and have 1,600 metres of heavy-load, deep-sea quay infrastructure.
Offshore in Rotterdam
Rotterdam has traditionally been a leading port for the maritime industry, in which approximately 900 companies are active. That position is based on the shipbuilding and oil and gas sectors. Offshore has been a prime focus of the Port of Rotterdam’s policy for some time now, wind energy and decommissioning being key areas of this policy. Results of the policy include the completion of Pioneering Spirit and the formation of Sif, a company that specialises in producing foundations for wind turbines.
In this connection, a number of Rotterdam-based companies signed the ‘Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition’ manifesto last year. In addition, the Port of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Port Promotion Council are facilitating the Rotterdam Offshore Community, the purpose of which is to establish connections between companies within the offshore community and thereby encourage cooperation, the sharing of knowledge and business transactions both within and outside the community. Developing Offshore Center Rotterdam is a subsequent step.