On Thursday 9 May, we had a festive launch event marking the start of construction on the new Container Exchange Route (CER) together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The CER is a unique project, both for the Port Authority and Combinatie CER. This is actually the first time this concept will be realised – anywhere in the world. That’s why the realisation of the CER is also expected to improve the competitive edge of the port in general. As Combinatie CER, we are very proud to contribute to this development.
We started on the first activities back in April, and our efforts in the area of designing, preparing and coordinating with stakeholders are gradually bearing fruit. Work on the first sub-projects for both the track and the overpasses is in full swing. We have started installing pre-loads for the southern overpass (viaduct Zuid on Route 7). In addition, we have installed the sheet pile wall foundations and pile foundations for the planned overpasses and are currently pouring the lean concrete foundations for the eventual construction of the connection itself (Routes 9b and 6b).
The CER track is approximately 14 km long and made of continuous reinforced concrete. We have set up a mobile concrete mixing plant at Rozenburg especially for this project. This dedicated plant produces both structural concrete and lean concrete. We use tipper trucks to transport the lean concrete mixture to various locations throughout the construction site. We can produce and process up to 1,000 cubic metres a day – meaning that effective coordination of the production and supply of raw materials is crucially important. The raw materials for this concrete are shipped in over water. The concrete rubble used in the lean concrete foundations is sourced from Julianahaven Recycling. This is a component of the Continuous Reinforced Concrete, or CRC, structure.
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