The partnership between Next Generation Infrastructures and the Port of Rotterdam Authority was formed in 2010. Ronald Paul, managing director of the Port Authority, tells us more: “A partnership already existed between the Port Authority and TU Delft. This provided the initial impetus for the idea of applying NGI’s knowledge to the Maasvlakte 2 project. An ideal combination, given that NGI is now at the stage where it needs to put theory into practice and the Maasvlakte 2 project is still in the beginning stages and looking for innovative ideas.”
There are two projects involved. “The first proposal concerns the internal logistics and internal transport of containers at Maasvlakte 2”, explains Ronald Paul. “We also plan to work on design scenarios for the area and look at the strategic choices involved both in the short and long term. This is a highly complex task but thankfully there are methods available to facilitate the process such as serious gaming.”
Ronald Paul values NGI as an intelligent and ambitious partner and is convinced that both parties will benefit from each other’s expertise. “Not only will this partnership provide NGI with an excellent opportunity to put their theory to the test, the Port Authority will also profit from the joint venture. We will be able to use the developed knowledge to strengthen the entire port and industrial complex. We're thinking in the long term, beyond Maasvlakte 2."