27 August 2019
The port of Rotterdam has entered into an agreement with SIF Holding NV for the leasing of 20 hectares of port facilities and 200 meters of deep-sea quays on Maasvlakte. The new plot is adjacent to the parcel of the port area, where SIF is already operational and carrying out the installation of offshore wind turbine foundations at sea.
SIF will use the newly leased site for customers working in offshore wind energy. The first project on the new plot is the logistical handling of all 94 monopiles (foundations of wind turbines) for the offshore wind farm Borssele 1 + 2, on behalf of Deme Offshore.
Allard Castelein, (Managing Director of the Port of Rotterdam) comments: “We are proud of the success of the SIF Group in our port. Since the establishment of SIF in 2015, Rotterdam has been able to strengthen its position with regard to the offshore wind energy sector. Thanks to this expansion, a leading player in the market can continue to develop. This is a confirmation of our policy of stimulating the offshore (wind) industry as an important growth market, using our know-how, our territorial offer, and our development capabilities. “
Rotterdam offshore wind port
The port of Rotterdam is fully committed to the energy transition and is committed to becoming Europe’s offshore (wind energy) port. The establishment and further expansion of the SIF Group is another contribution to this commitment. Together with its partners, the Port Authority is working to realize the growth of offshore wind as the source of renewable energy. The port operation relies on innovation, tests and demonstrations, promotion and lobby activities.
The wide range of repair and maintenance facilities, terminals and a globally recognized maritime cluster combined with the appropriate physical infrastructure make Rotterdam an attractive port for offshore wind energy.