Maeslantkering, Hoek van Holland

The Maeslantkering is a storm surge barrier on the imaginary dividing line between the Nieuwe Waterweg waterway located at Hoek van Holland and the river Scheur located along the cities of Maassluis and Vlaardingen up to the confluence of the rivers Oude Maas and Nieuwe Maas, Netherlands, which automatically closes when needed. It is part of the Delta Works and it is one of largest moving structures on Earth, rivalling the Green Bank Telescope in the USA and the Bagger 288 excavator in Germany.
The initial planThe construction of the Maeslantkering was a part of the Europoortkering project which, in turn, was the final stage of the Delta Works. The main objective of this Europoortkering-project was improving the safety against flooding of the Rotterdam harbour, of which the Europoort is an important part, and the surrounding towns and agricultural areas. This had to be carried out by the reinforcement of existing dikes as far as 50 kilometres inland. During the 1980s it became clear that this project would take at least 30 years and would cost a huge amount of money. It would also mean that historic town centres, sometimes built more than four centuries ago, had to be broken down and rebuilt behind renewed, larger dikes.
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  • This was truly a day well spent. They have tours in English, and the guide was very interesting and the tour was excellent! We got to go right out to the barrier and walk under and around it. There.....  more »
  • This is an impressive piece of engineering that defends large parts of the local area from coastal surge. You will have to use your imagination regarding how it works because it is only closed once a....  more »
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  • Imposing waterwork, especially if you are standing next to it. Cool to see if you're in the area
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  • A very imposing structure. The barrier completed in 1997 formed the closure of the Delta works. The tour from the Keringhuis is highly recommended. Only then will it become clear how big the 360 meter long is.
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