To the west of Rotterdam, out in the North Sea, a new piece of the Netherlands has arisen: Maasvlakte 2. This expansion of the port of Rotterdam is a new European logistical hotspot in port and industrial activities. It is the location where the foundation has been laid for the world's most modern container terminal, RWG. These days, RWG is an indispensable part of the port of Rotterdam. 

A new piece of the Netherlands

Maasvlakte 2 encompasses an area of over 2,000 hectares. With the realisation of Maasvlakte 2, the local coast line now lies almost 3.5 kilometres further out to sea. All in all, the port of Rotterdam has grown by no less than 20%. This expansion of main port Rotterdam is primarily intended to facilitate chemical companies and container terminals, like RWG. The new port area accommodates 1,000 hectares of industrial development land, located directly along deep waters, and 510 hectares of waterways and ports.   

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Maasvlakte 1

Maasvlakte 2

Maasvlakte 2

Industrial Sites 1.000 hectare
Infrastructure 290 hectare
Seawall 230 hectare
Waterways and ports 510 hectare


The port of Rotterdam is Europe's leading seaport, and is known as a ‘global hub’. The RWG container terminal is the leading container logistics complex. It is of vast economic importance.

The largest port in Europe

With a total cargo transhipment of 450 million tonnes, the port of Rotterdam is by far the largest in Europe and one of the leading ports in the world. It provides direct and indirect employment to approximately 300,000 people. Some 3% of the GDP in the Netherlands is earned in the port of Rotterdam. Over half of this figure comes from transport, storage and stevedoring. This means the expansion of Maasvlakte is important not only to the regional economy, but also to the Dutch and even the European economies.

RWG a key player  

In the Hamburg-Le Havre range, the port of Rotterdam’s market share in container storage and handling is almost 30%. The commissioning of Maasvlakte 2 more than doubled Rotterdam's container handling capacity. Thanks to the RWG container terminal, the current and newest generation of Ultra Large Container Ships can be handled quickly and efficiently. This makes the RWG container terminal vital to the future of the port of Rotterdam.

Social responsibility

RWG is aware of its corporate social responsibility within society. At RWG, environmental and social considerations count just as much as economic ones.

Dialogue with the environment

RWG sees itself as not only being part of Maasvlakte 2, but also as being part of the Netherlands. For this reason, RWG looks beyond the borders of the port and sets up dialogue on environmental matters with local residents, city councils, interest groups and companies.  

Good employment practices

Employee safety is paramount at RWG. That is why the company takes extensive safety measures and provides all its staff with thorough training. In order to attract and retain talent, RWG offers its employees opportunities to maximise their potential and the potential of the team in which they operate.

Corporate Responsibility

RWG is aware of its social responsibility within society. Its concern for people and the environment is clearly demonstrated by the design of the terminal. It is equally evident in the company’s social activities. RWG actively supports local and national campaigns and activities and encourages its employees to volunteer.

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