World record: 3.8 million m3 sand in one week

04-27-2010 - The construction of Maasvlakte 2, the land reclamation project in the North Sea that will enlarge the port of Rotterdam with 2,000 ha, is proceeding well. Two weeks ago, construction consortium PUMA shifted the largest amount of sand ever in one week in a land reclamation project. Eleven Boskalis and Van Oord trailing suction hopper dredgers transported 3.8 million m3 of sand to the Maasvlakte 2 area in just one week, which is thought to be a world record.

Last Sunday, the 120 millionth m3 of sand was sprayed on. This means that half of all the sand needed for the first phase of Maasvlakte 2 up to 2013 has now been applied. The project is therefore well on schedule. Construction of the first quay wall started in February and PUMA has begun building the hard sea defences on the northwest side of the new land. Here, a peninsula stretching around 3 km has been sprayed on in recent months. At the moment, a unique crane - the ‘Blockbuster’- is being put together and will be used to position large concrete blocks as part of these sea defences. With this, the construction of Maasvlakte 2 will enter a new phase.

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