Contract signed for construction of Europe’s first offshore centre

The inland basin of Maasvlakte 2, the intended site of the offshore centre. Source: Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and PUMA (Projectorganisatie Uitbreiding Maasvlakte) has signed the contract for the construction of Europe’s first offshore centre on Tuesday.

PUMA is a joint venture by two Dutch hydraulic engineering firms created for the construction of the offshore centre along Maasvlakte 2’s inland basin – an extension of the Port of Rotterdam.

According to a Port Authority spokesperson, the establishment of the offshore centre is intended to further develop Rotterdam’s developed cluster of companies active in the offshore and maritime sectors.

PUMA will begin rainbowing on the 70-hectare site – a process whereby a dredging ship propels sand onto a specific location, usually to build up a beach – on August 1. Seven million cubic metres of sand is required for this project.

Additionally, construction work on the quay walls are projected to start in mid-2018, while the first companies are expected to set up at the new offshore centre in two years’ time.

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