The Port of Rotterdam Authority will commission Antarcticakade for use by barges and tugs.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority will commission Antarcticakade (port number 8244 - 8249) for use by barges and tugs. For the time being, it will provide mooring for barges and tugs over a length of more than 600 metres. The commissioning of this quay is in line with Port Authority policy, which is geared towards the more effective and efficient handling of shipping and shipping-related operations.
The Antarcticakade is situated alongside the mooring for the ferry between Hook of Holland and Maasvlakte. For the time being, it is divided into three sections. The first 75 metres is reserved for mooring tugs. The second section of 150 metres is designed as a standard pubic berth for inland shipping. The final section of 300 metres will serve as a public waiting berth for ADN barges (these are the so-called "one-cone vessels", for example container barges with dangerous goods on board). Half way along, the quay is reinforced for handling heavy cargo.
The Antarcticakade is situated on the Yangtzehaven, which is destined to form the entrance to Maasvlakte 2. At the moment, the maximum mooring width of the quay has been set at 65 metres by the harbour master. In the future, the Antarcticakade will be extended in a westerly direction to a length of around 2500 metres and the permitted mooring width will be reduced.
The opening ceremony will commence at approximately 11am and be performed by Jan Kruisinga (head Working Group Inland Shipping) and Paul de Beijer (Port Authority ? head Management Infrastructure.