A three-year development project has been completed in the Netherlands government's policy of expanding port and industrial facilities in north-east Molland.
A three-year development project has been completed in the Netherlands government's policy of expanding port and industrial facilities in north-east Molland. Queen Juliana visited the area on Thursday (7 June) to open a new harbour called Eemshaven, near Delfzijl, which the Dutch Government hopes will serve as the second Europort.
The project involved the extension of harbour facilities already provided at Delfzijl, and the reclamation of land in the Eems estuary, to provide a 15-hundred acre industrial estate.
The new port facilities at Eemshaven provide berthing for ships of up to 80-thousand tons. The Netherlands Government has invested 60-million Dutch guilders (GBP 7-million) on this part of the project.
Among industries expected to become established on the new estate are petro-chemical industries and oil refineries, linked to production from the North Sea wells. The Dutch Government is backing expansion in the area, in the hopes of exploiting its position in terms of European trading, and partly because of high unemployment levels in north-east Molland.
A small group of demonstrators turned up on opening day, to protest about the industrial site, despite anti-pollution laws passed by the Dutch Government.
SYNOPSIS: A new port facility near Delfzijl in north-eastern Mol???d was opened on Thursday after completion of a three-year construction programme. The new harbour is called Eemshaven.
The project also involved reclamation of land for a 15-hundred acre industrial site. More than GBP 7-million has been invested in the scheme so far.
The planners behind the schema hope and anticipate that petrochemical plants will be established on the site, as well as refineries, to process the oil from the North Sea wells.
Smaller shipping will continue to use the port facilities at Delfzijl. The new facilities at Eemshaven are designed to handle shipping of up to 80-thousand to handle shipping of up to 80-thousand tons. The Dutch Government is pouring money into the extension of the port facilities and the creation of the new industrial site, in an effort to reduce the high levels of unemployment which persist in north-eastern Molland.
The Dutch hope to catch some of the trading with the Common Market countries with the new port at Eemshaven, which they are dubbing the second Europort. But some observers are sceptical, saying there is already a glut of port facilities in the area.
Scepticism about the scheme is evident in more than one quarter. The opening ceremonies were attended by small groups of demonstrators, who are against the development.
When Queen Juliana of the Netherlands arrived for her part in the proceedings, there was not a great deal of activity in the port. The Queen was taken on board a boat in Delfzijl yacht harbour, to make an inspection trip around the old and new harbour facilities.
With the excess of port facilities which is said to exist in Molland, the Dutch Government is soliciting for industrial activity related to shipping.
When Queen Juliana arrived at the new harbour, there was little evidence of other shipping. Mer ship was the only one about.
However, photographers were on the scene when the Queen performed the opening ceremony.
She activated a hooter, which rang out across the open harbour, and Eemshaven was officially open for business.
Demonstrators have continually protested against the new industrial area which abuts the harbour.
As the Queen discussed the new development with harbour officials and planners, the demonstrators kept their banners high. Pollution is a principal complaint, despite new anti-pollution legislation passed by the Dutch government. Farmers in the area are still being encouraged to cultivate their land. But aside from the farmers, industrial developers arm needed to exploit the new facilities.