The Port of Rotterdam and Maasvlakte 2 PRINCE2 Case Study

Tony Kippenberger

December 2012

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A major step in Maasvlakte 2, a project first started in 2004, was reached a year ahead of schedule. On Wednesday, 11 July 2012 Her Majesty Queen Beatrix gave the sign to close the 11 km seawall around 2,000 hectares of new, man-made land. This case study provides the background to this huge £2 billion infrastructure project, which has employed 20,000 people, is now running ahead of time and remains within scope and is on budget - and explains how the use of PRINCE2 has made this possible.

This case study is also available in Dutch (PDF, 4.5MB).

The problem
The Maasvlakte 2 project organization
The project plan
Next steps
A setback
The project gets under way
The end of Phase One
The role of PRINCE2
Trade marks and statements
Current rating: 4.8 (11 ratings)


29 Nov 2017 Manfred van Veghel
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Nice paper for a P3M3 example, good video to go alone.
27 Apr 2018 Akash
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7 Jun 2019 Daniel Okoli
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As this project demonstrates, once control and organisation are intact, planning is more efficient and delivery is even more efficient! This helps me appreciate PRINCE2 even better.
5 Aug 2019 Geralt Omhof
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Interesting document from the PRINCE2 perspective, but also because I live in, or near, the Port of Rotterdam.
18 Dec 2019 Kim Young
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This case study demonstrated the way that P2 can be used to ensure a project is delivered in time, unlike a lot of project management tools.
5 Jun 2021 Liran Naaman
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Very interesting and good application of what is expected. I would recommend this paper!
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