Amsterdam and Zaanstad have selected the Coenhaven as a preferred location for the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA). Amsterdam has carried out a study of all possible aspects of the relocation of the PTA and has selected the Coenhaven, together with the Port of Amsterdam and Zaanstad.
The study, carried out by Royal Haskoning DHV, covered all the relevant aspects, including nautical, soil quality, environmental, spatial planning, traffic, legal zoning, sustainability, financial-economic, growth potential and plans such as Haven-Stad, Sprong over het IJ and MAAK-Zaanstad.
Alderman Kock (Port/Economy): “I am pleased with the choice for Coenhaven; this is the best location from all the perspectives studied, and this represents significant progress towards the actual relocation of the PTA. Sea cruise passengers coming to Amsterdam will be very welcome, but will soon be boarding at the edge of the city rather than in the tourist centre. This will relieve some of the pressure on the busy city centre, we can build the Java bridge and we can also cope with the increase in sea cruise traffic. From all points of view, the Coenhaven is the best location due to lower investment costs and because the arrival of the PTA fits well with the spatial and zoning developments in the surrounding area, such as the Haven-Stad.”
The Achtersluispolder in Zaanstad was also considered as a potential location as well as the Coenhaven. Zaanland Alderman Dennis Straat (Economy): “The Achtersluispolder was also a good location for the PTA from a nautical point of view. But possibly higher costs, a longer planning process and the development of the Noorder IJ-plas into a green space between the Haven-Stad and the Achtersluispolder were decisive factors. The Coenhaven is simply a better location. This will enable Zaanstad and Amsterdam to work further on the transformation of this common urban living and working area. We intend to move on with improving the public transport links between Amsterdam-Noord and Zaanstad Zuid.”
Alderman Kock: “We have reached this decision in close and positive cooperation with the Port of Amsterdam and Zaanstad and we will continue our cooperation on the developments in the Achtersluispolder and Haven-Stad.”
In 2016 the locations at Noorder-IJ plas and Nieuwe Houthaven were considered in addition to the Coenhaven after they were designated as potential locations in the Quick Scan Sea Cruise Development. The Noorder-IJ plas and the Nieuwe Houthaven were excluded at that time on the basis of the environmental impact and cost estimates. The Achtersluispolder was designated as a potential location at a later stage.
To reach a final decision, the plan will be further developed next year, for example by formulating a traffic plan, a more detailed plan in relation to the Java bridge and a draft zoning plan. The spatial development of the Coenhaven in relation to Haven-Stad and the ZaanIJ area will also be studied, as will the retention of use of the Veemkade for a limited number of ships. In consultation with the industry, Amsterdam will also study how passengers can be attracted to alternative tourist attractions in the region such as the Zaanse Schans.
Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: “It is a shame if the PTA has to go, but the Coenhaven also offers us opportunities. We can grow, develop a sustainable terminal and offer the best possible facilities for the newest ships. The entire plan still needs significant investment in terms of accessibility and in particular with our customers, who are currently fully engaged in operating their businesses there and whom we wish to keep at the Port in the future.”
The college will submit the choice for the Coenhaven for advice to the management committees of the city districts West, Nieuw-West, Oost and Noord (on the basis of Section 28 of the Management Committees Regulation) and for information to the Management Platform for the North Sea Canal Area, in which the province and the surrounding municipalities are represented. A final decision on the relocation of the sea cruise terminal will be made at the end of 2018, in line with the design for the Java bridge.
The new terminal should in that case come into operation in 2024.