Demolition of a Deep Sea Quay Wall in Rotterdam

Erik Broos, Tim Schmidt, Wim Hoebee, Jarit De Gijt

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The rapid development in containership dimensions creates a huge challenge for ports. But for one port basin in Rotterdam this challenge was too big. The nautical restrictions for the Amazonehaven would start at such moderate conditions that the basin would be closed for ultra large container ships (ULCS) about a 100 days a year. As this basin contains more than 60 percent of the deep sea quay length at ECT Delta Terminal, Europe's largest container terminal, the Port of Rotterdam Authority decided to widen the basin by demolishing the opposite bulk quay wall. In this way vessels up to 18,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) have access up to 6 Beaufort wind speed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPorts 2016: Port Planning and Development - Papers from Sessions of the 14th Triennial International Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479919
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event14th Triennial International Conference on Ports 2016: Port Planning and Development - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 12 Jun 201615 Jun 2016
Conference number: 14


Conference14th Triennial International Conference on Ports 2016
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans


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