According to Damen Concordia, the construction of the hulls in China was to be sure of a cost efficient product. Yet, given that these types of vessels are commonly found in Europe, it is crucial that the repositioning of the hulls will be done in a way that will maintain the cost efficiency.

Black Marlin/Credit: Port of Rotterdam

Moreover, the Black Marlin will call the inland lake of Rotterdam, Maasvlakte, which recently discussed its plans on expanding its parking area in favour of truckers, as the area has seen an increase on trucks visiting in the night hours.

Bert Duijzer, technical manager, Concordia Damen commented that

Sending one large vessel, with many smaller ones, is far more efficient that sending multiple small vessels. This way we are able to pass on the cost efficiency we have gained in construction to our clients in Europe, at the same time as minimising the environmental footprint of our operations.

Concluding, on Wednesday, August 14, Boskalis will sink the Black Marlin on posts 90-91. Then the pontoon with the 18 hulls is towed to the Waalhaven. The unloading of the hulls starts on August 20 and will last seven days. Bonn and Mees will unload the hulls with the help of their three floating goats.