The HoogTij business estate in the Municipality of Zaanstad is expanding its facilities with the addition of two new structures: a port site and a seaport wharf. The cross-port will run parallel to the North Sea Canal and will measure approximately 40 metres in width and 900 metres in length. The wharf provides access to seagoing vessels with a depth of up to 10 metres. The first seagoing vessel is scheduled to moor in summer 2018.
The construction of these projects involves a total investment of around 40 million euros.
The addition of a port site plus seaport wharf in the HoogTij business park contributes to the diversity and aesthetic appeal of the 130-hectare business site as a whole. The construction of the wharf coincides with the diversion of the Kanaaldijk dike along the North Sea Canal and the construction of a 10-hectare developed industrial site, the completion date of which has been brought forward. The combination of these various works will boost the competitive performance of the North Sea Canal area.
HoogTij will form part of Port of Amsterdam’s portfolio of ground-lease properties. In developing and operating the area, the Port is focusing on businesses that facilitate large wind farms on the North Sea (offshore-related companies) and logistics companies. The site is also suitable for businesses classified into higher environmental categories, including those operating in the circular economy. Port of Amsterdam also intends to experiment with plug-and-play warehousing: a brand-new concept that meets the need for greater flexibility in the storage of seasonal trading goods and commodity goods.
Port of Amsterdam CEO Koen Overtoom: ‘In taking on the development of the HoogTij business park, we are boosting the competitiveness of the North Sea Canal Area. This is an attractive location for logistics services providers given its vicinity to the water and the fact that it’s closely located to various exit roads.’
Dennis Straat, Alderman for the Municipality of Zaanstad: ‘These investments in HoogTij will provide additional space and opportunities, both for large seagoing vessels and for new businesses.
It also provides us with the flexibility we need to facilitate businesses that are looking to expand or are currently located in areas undergoing development.’
Jaap Bond, Delegate for Economic Affairs for the North Holland Provincial Authority, believes now is a strategic time to construct a high-quality wharf in the HoogTij business park: ‘The economy is picking up and businesses are on the lookout for attractive locations again.
The improvements made to HoogTij help boost economic activity in the North Sea Canal area.’
The HoogTij business park is a partnership project of the Municipality of Zaanstad, Port of Amsterdam and the North Holland Provincial Authority.