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Maeslantkering, Hoek van Holland

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The Maeslantkering is a storm surge barrier on the imaginary dividing line between the Nieuwe Waterweg waterway located at Hoek van Holland and the river Scheur located along the cities of Maassluis and Vlaardingen up to the confluence of the rivers Oude Maas and Nieuwe Maas, Netherlands, which automatically closes when needed. It is part of the Delta Works and it is one of largest moving structures on Earth, rivalling the Green Bank Telescope in the USA and the Bagger 288 excavator in Germany.
The initial planThe construction of the Maeslantkering was a part of the Europoortkering project which, in turn, was the final stage of the Delta Works. The main objective of this Europoortkering-project was improving the safety against flooding of the Rotterdam harbour, of which the Europoort is an important part, and the surrounding towns and agricultural areas. This had to be carried out by the reinforcement of existing dikes as far as 50 kilometres inland. During the 1980s it became clear that this project would take at least 30 years and would cost a huge amount of money. It would also mean that historic town centres, sometimes built more than four centuries ago, had to be broken down and rebuilt behind renewed, larger dikes.
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  • A very interesting museum about one of the largest movable machines in the world. My biggest complaint was that most, if not all, of the exhibits in the museum were in Dutch without English... 
    A very interesting museum about one of the largest movable machines in the world. My biggest complaint was that most, if not all, of the exhibits in the museum were in Dutch without English...  more »
  • We took the 1-hour tour. Tours are in Dutch or English depending on the date and time. My wife has little interesting in civil engineering and was bored stiff but I like to see how city and country... 
    We took the 1-hour tour. Tours are in Dutch or English depending on the date and time. My wife has little interesting in civil engineering and was bored stiff but I like to see how city and country...  more »
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  • Amazing place well worth a visit
  • Very impressive water works - museum not really required if you know what you are seeing. Nice hill for great view.

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