The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Groningen Seaports and North Sea Port have agreed to jointly standardise their maritime infrastructure. This involves jetties, bollards, quay walls, roads and electricity facilities.

The ports expect standardisation to reduce costs and increase efficiency and the quality of the port infrastructure.

In 2015, the Port of Rotterdam Authority laid down the design freedoms for realisation of its maritime infrastructure and to proceed to standardisation. The standards make it possible to realise projects faster.

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North Sea Port (comprising the Dutch ports Vlissingen and Terneuzen and the Belgian Port of Ghent) and Groningen Seaports will now use the standards in the further development of future-proof port infrastructure. With good infrastructure, both port companies want to improve safety at the port and provide customised services to companies and investors. Moreover, together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, they will share their experiences and work on the further development of the Dutch port construction standards.


Reliability, availability, maintainability, safety, health and sustainability are the guiding principles in all port infrastructure regulations. Internationally, this is known by the English term “RAMSHE” (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety, Health and Environment). The aim is to provide a smooth, predictable and therefore safe execution of the port infrastructure at optimal cost.

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