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Construction underway on new SMIT Internationale N.V. headquarters
Rotterdam, 11 November 2003
Yesterday marked the start of construction on the new SMIT Internationale N.V. headquarters in Rotterdam's Waalhaven, pier 3. With the move, the worldwide maritime services provider SMIT will house a number of activities that were previously spread out around Rotterdam under one roof in the Waalhaven.
For years the existing SMIT headquarters has stood in the centre of the city, right next to the Erasmusbrug. A scenic location, to be sure, but one that is far removed from the ships, sheerlegs, barges, and warehouses that SMIT has situated around Rotterdam harbour. This will all change once the new headquarters have been built, as the plans also feature huge landings for floating sheerlegs, ships and barges. The SMIT warehouse in Maassluis used for storing salvage equipment will also move to the Waalhaven. A total of about 400 people will be employed at the new location.
The new headquarters was designed and is being built by Multiplan, a project developer based in Den Bosch.
The site, piers and accompanying water will all be leased from the Port of Rotterdam, which wants to further develop the maritime aspects of the Waalhaven. Mr M.G.T. Pastors, Chairman of the Rotterdam Physical Infrastructure Executive Committee, laid the first stone, symbolising the green light for the development. If all goes according to plan, the office and site will be fully operational by January 2005.
Bron: Smit Press Release #9
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