Monitoring Programme for the MV2, Part IV – Archaeological and Palaeontological Finds
Monitoring Programme for the MV2, Part IV – Archaeological and Palaeontological Finds

Amongst all the studies done at the MV2 Port of Rotterdam expansion, none was more exciting than the discovery of the Middle Stone Age civilisation that flourished on the Maas-Rhine delta 9,000 years ago.

Innovative Design, Techniques and Equipment at Maasvlakte 2, Port of Rotterdam
Innovative Design, Techniques and Equipment at Maasvlakte 2, Port of Rotterdam

To meet the demands of this massive extension, engineers had to think out of the box – utilising Pleistocene sand, recycling rock from an old block dam and inventing new equipment and survey systems.

The Monitoring Programme for the Maasvlakte 2 Construction at the Port of Rotterdam – Part II
The Monitoring Programme for the Maasvlakte 2 Construction at the Port of Rotterdam – Part II

Given the inter-dependence of the underwater food chain from benthic fauna and algae to shells, worms, fish and birds, a new modelling strategy was instituted to evaluate the effects of enhanced silt concentrations during dredging.

The Monitoring Programme for the Maasvlakte 2 Construction at the Port of Rotterdam
The Monitoring Programme for the Maasvlakte 2 Construction at the Port of Rotterdam

Compliance for permitting was not enough for the monitoring team at the Port of Rotterdam. When they discovered gaps in scientific knowledge, they initiated more research.