Virtual Tour 25: The Maeslantkering

Vlaardingen is about 23km / 14mi due south of Den Haag. The ride down the North Sea coast and then along the Nieuwe Waterweg to Vlaardingen is more like 50km / 31mi.

The cycle route kinks left at Hoek van Holland, where the Nieuwe Waterweg empties into the North Sea. Hoek van Holland is the home of the Stena Line ferry terminal for the service to Harwich on the south-east coast of England.

The Nieuwe Waterweg is a ship canal in from het Scheur (a branch of the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta) west of Maassluis to Hoek van Holland.

This cargo vessel – the Edelweiss – is 225 metres long and has a top speed of 29.4 knots or 54.5 kph.

Fishing on the Nieuwe Waterweg.

Maassluis used to be a fishing town but is now mainly a commuter town for Rotterdam. I don’t know why this fire engine was at the harbour.

A more traditional harbour view at Maassluis.

The thing to see on the Nieuwe Waterweg sits about halfway between Hoek van Holland and Maassluis. The Maeslantkering is one of the largest moving structures on Earth. It protects the port of Rotterdam from flooding.

This aerial view gives you an idea of the scale of this storm surge barrier. Each barrier gate is 210 metres / 689 feet long.

This is one end of one of the Maeslantkering floating barrier gates.

Each gate is held by two 237 meters / 778 feet long trusses.

My koffie stop in Hoek Van Holland on the way home. De Torpedoloods means The Torpedo Shed.

3 response to "Virtual Tour 25: The Maeslantkering"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 13, 2020

    Nice tour! You are bringing back great memories of the Netherlands. Did you ride the Afsluitdijk? Maybe I missed that post.

  2. By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 13, 2020

    Sadly I didn’t ride the Afsluidijk. I drove it once and meant to go back to ride it, bit never did.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: June 14, 2020

    Riding the Afsluitdijk is one of my fondest memories from cycling in the Netherlands. We had terrific headwinds the whole time and it turned out to be a real Zen experience!

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