The Zuider Zee harbour development project at Kampen in the Netherlands

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The preparatory construction work for the Zuider Zee harbour project, which involves the construction of a complete new port infrastructure in the Dutch town of Kampen began in 2005. The first plots went on sale on 18 November 2005.

The Zuider Zee harbour project is being developed by a 50-50 public-private partnership (PPP) consisting of six equal shareholders: three parties from the public sector: the towns of Kampen and Zwolle and the province of Overijsel, along with the three parties from the private sector: Dura Vermeer, Rent-A-Port and de Vries & Van de Wiel. Together, they have set up the joint development company, the Zuiderzee Harbour Development Company. The first dredging and infrastructure works were started during the last quarter of 2005. The first areas ready for industrial construction were available at the end of 2006 and at the moment more than three quarter of the location are already leased out.

This PPP was the first of its kind in the port sector that was awarded in accordance with the recently circulated EU legislation on public private partnerships. It represents a benchmark for the many similar challenges that public authorities, desiring to develop a new port system in Europe or elsewhere in the world, are facing.