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Economic consequences

Logistical benefits
After opening the Eastern part of the Beer Dam, an unhampered inland shipping link is created between the Hartel Canal and the Beer Canal.

This creates logistical benefits since the transhipment from ocean-going vessels to inland barges can take place at the maritime quays; thanks to the modifications domestic shipping is now also capable of reaching the maritime quays in wind force 5 or more. Additional transhipment with the aid of other transport is no longer necessary.

Rotterdam Mainport
Rotterdam is an intercontinental junction point for freight transhipment, transport and distribution and has been the leading port in Europe for over 30 years. The success of the port depends on optimal accessibility, speed and efficiency of goods transhipment and good transport facilities to the hinterland.

An expansion in container transhipment capacity and the improvement of domestic shipping links are, in particular, necessitated by the growth in the container industry.

In this way Rotterdam can maintain and strengthen its mainport function, which is important among other things for employment. The port provides direct employment for more than 70,000 people and indirect employment for roughly 380,000 people.