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Dozens of cruise ships berth in Rotterdam every year. Passengers disembark in the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal, an industrial heritage structure with an iconic silhouette. The number of visiting cruise ships is expected to double by 2018. The ships are moreover constantly increasing in size. This necessitated expansion of the terminal.
The area for baggage handling in particular has become too small. A total surface area of 1,000 m2 is needed to handle all the suitcases. This has to date been done under a tent on the quay. The aim was to come up with a solution to providing adequate baggage space, while allowing the tent to be done away with.