Economic consequencesLogistical 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.
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.