Quay Wall Construction Amaliahaven

Port of Rotterdam
Construction Alliance
HOCHTIEF, Ballast Nedam & Van Oord

The container volumes in Rotterdam are expected to continue to increase significantly in the coming years. To further strengthen its leading position as Europe’s largest container port, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is investing in the further expansion of the Prinses Amaliahaven located at Maasvlakte II.

The project includes the realization of:

  • 2400 meters of deep-sea quay, of which 575 meters are optional;
  • Transition constructions from the existing diaphragm wall structures to the newly to be built combi-wall structures;
  • 310 meters of inland shipping quay at the head end of the Prinses Amaliahaven, of which 150 meters are optional;
  • 360 meters of earth retaining walls/wing walls;
  • Dredging for the quay walls;
  • Locally applying bottom protection up to NAP -22m; 2550 m (of which 725 m are optional) crane track behind, founded on piles, including transition to the existing crane tracks founded on shallow foundations.

CI-Engineers supports the team of work preparators with the modeling of the temporary auxiliary constructions. Additionally, we are responsible for creating the construction site drawings.

The container terminals APM Terminals and RWG are active in the Prinses Amaliahaven, with respectively 1,500 and 1,700 meters of quay. The construction of new deep-sea and inland shipping quays enables these companies to further develop the other sites around this port. The potential additional flow of containers that the growth of the terminals can generate is about 4 million TEU. This is an increase in capacity of about 25% compared to the annual total for 2020 (14.3 million TEU). After a European tender procedure, the Port of Rotterdam has awarded the project to the construction consortium of HOCHTIEF, Ballast Nedam, and Van Oord. The work began in the spring of 2021 and is expected to take about 2.5 years.

The project includes, among other things, the construction of:

  • 1,825 meters of deep-sea quay with a height of 29 meters
  • 160 meters of inland shipping quay
  • 360 meters of retaining walls
  • Dredging of the quay to a depth of 20 meters below sea level
  • A 1.8 kilometer long crane track, founded on piles, over which the rear legs of the future container cranes will run.

CI-Engineers is ensuring the sufficient load-bearing capacity of the piles (which are part of the combi-walls) that are installed as part of the quay, taking into account variations in soil conditions.