VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster worked together on one of the largest design, construct and maintain harbour projects in the world – Maasvlakte 2, a huge expansion of the Port of Rotterdam, one of Europe’s largest container ports .  Boskalis was a 50% main contract JV partner and delivered extensive dredging, reclamation and sea defence works.  VolkerStevin was strategic partner to Boskalis and constructed 3.5km of quay wall and delivered rail and road packages.

The site now encompasses 2,000 hectares of port and industrial space on reclaimed land. Boskalis dredged the port to a depth of 20m, so that even the largest container vessel could dock. Hard and soft sea defences were constructed to protect newly reclaimed land. The hard defences utilised 5.5 million tonnes of imported rock from Norway and 20,000 40te concrete blocks recycled from the previous phase.

The reclamation required 210 million m³ of sand from an offshore winning area and 30 million m³ dredged from within the harbour basins.

VolkerStevin’s scope included works at World Gateway and the Terminals:

World Gateway:

  • A 1,250m stretch of deep sea quay with a water depth of 20m
  • A 550m long barge/feeder quay with a water depth of 11m at the head of the terminal. Two further quays were designed and constructed for APM


  • A 1,000m long quay with a water depth of 19.65m
  • A barge/feeder quay with a length of 500m and a water depth of 9.65m

All sections of work were completed under budget and handed to the client on time, after extensive quality testing and commissioning had been undertaken. The Rotterdam World Gateway and APM Terminal were fully operational before the end of 2014.

key facts

Port of Rotterdam


Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands

2008 – 2013

Hectares of new port area reclaimed

Dredged for reclamation
240 million m3

The project
Boskalis Westminster was a 50% main contract JV partner and VolkerStevin, as strategic partner to Boskalis, undertook quay wall, rail and road packages


For more information about VSBW,
contact Eddie Tattersall

  01772 708 620