Maeslantkering, Hoek van Holland

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The Maeslantkering ("Maeslant barrier" in Dutch) is a storm surge barrier on the Nieuwe Waterweg, in South Holland, Netherlands. It was constructed from 1991 to 1997. As part of the Delta Works the barrier responds to water level predictions calculated by a centralized computer system called BOS. It automatically closes when Rotterdam (especially the Port of Rotterdam) is threatened by floods.
Maeslantkering has two 210-metre long barrier gates, with two 237-metre long steel trusses holding them. When closed, the barrier will protect the entire width (360 metres) of the Nieuwe Waterweg, the main waterway of Port of Rotterdam. It is one of the largest moving structures on Earth, rivalling the Green Bank Telescope in the United States and the Bagger 288 excavator in Germany.

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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 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
    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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  • Very impressive water works - museum not really required if you know what you are seeing. Nice hill for great view.
  • Pretty cool.

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