Construction of Maersk cross-dock officially underway

To mark the official start of construction work on Maersk’s new business premises, the first column was recently placed in the ground at Maasvlakte 2. The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Marijn Visser (head of Retail, Lifestyle and Technology at AP Moller-Maersk), Carlos Velez Rodriquez (NEC area product manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk) and Albrecht meeusen (NEC area director, Hamburg Süd) in the presence of representatives from the Port of Rotterdam, APMT, Cordeel and colleagues. A Danish multinational, Maersk is a family-owned listed transport company offering door-to-door logistics and was the world’s largest shipping line until 2022.

Following the tender phase, we began to finalise the implementation design with Maersk, consultancy firm Arcadis and our own engineering department. Thanks to significant optimisations in the use of steel and concrete, we will be able to reduce costs, shorten construction time and boost the sustainability of the building.

The project involves a challenging time schedule, but Erik de Bruyn (CEO, Cordeel Nederland) explains: “By installing a time-saving prefabricated foundation system, we will be able to build faster and limit quality risks.”

The 300-metre-long cross-dock, comprising 118 docks, will be connected directly to the AMPT container terminal on Maasvlakte via Maersk’s own on-site road network. When finished, incoming container loads can be transhipped directly to outbound freight located on the other side of the building or into temporary storage in one of the company’s two on-site warehouses, each with a capacity of 5,000 m2.

Cordeel is carrying out the work, including the construction of an office building (1,700 m2), building systems and infrastructure on the basis of a turnkey engineer and build contract.

The new building will comply with BREEAM Excellent certification, fully in line with Maersk’s zero-emissions target by 2040. Residual heating from the adjacent Maersk cold storage facility will heat the building, providing an annual saving of 200,000 kWh. For all projects, Cordeel Nederland exclusively uses HVO100 biofuel for non-electric equipment, which helps us to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Although Cordeel Nederland operates in a number of different sectors, it has over the decades built a strong reputation as an expert in logistics and industrial projects.

Erik de Bruyn concludes: “Dealing with the wind and sand on construction sites on the Maasvlakte is always a challenge. We certainly know what we are doing, however, having overseen projects here on Maasvlakte 1 and 2 over the last 15 years. As a family firm, building ongoing relationships with our clients is important. This moment is especially significant for us – it is the start of a fantastic project and will hopefully mark the beginning of a long-term relationship with Maersk.”

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