Van Oord | S.E.A. Sustainable Earth Actions | The New Wilderness 2.0 – Wild Port of Europe


The ports of Rotterdam and Moerdijk are the setting for The New Wilderness 2.0 – Wild Port of Europe, a film that Van Oord is co-financing and in which it also plays a role as the contractor building the Maasvlakte 2 port expansion. The New Wilderness 2.0 – Wild Port of Europe is a dramatized nature documentary about the abundant, resilient, dynamic forces of nature in Europe’s largest port. The film will be released for distribution in 2021.

Re-cycle of life
Many plants and animals are appearing unexpectedly in new areas that people have carved out for themselves, their industry, their logistical operations and their energy needs. Until recently, ‘nature’ was the obvious loser in all this, but the tide is beginning to turn. The dramatic worldwide decline in biodiversity and the imminent consequences of climate change demand a different course. The film is an ode to the special flora and fauna that evolves in these busy port areas against all odds. The film is told entirely from the perspective of the animals that live there. At the interface between apparent opposites – industry and nature – the age-old ‘cycle of life’ is evolving here into the ‘re-cycle of life’.

Maasvlakte 2
The Port of Rotterdam and its surrounding industrial sites are the setting for the film. This is the economic centre of gravity of the Netherlands’ production and transport economy. The film shows Van Oord reclaiming land for Maasvlakte 2, a new area that increases the size of the Port of Rotterdam by 20%.

Maasvlakte 2 is also the Port of Rotterdam’s most sustainable site. Most of the containers are transported by rail and inland shipping, and to a lesser extent by road. The land reclamation and construction process was also very environmentally responsible and sensitive to nature. In the years ahead, the Port Authority will continue to monitor the impact of the new port area on the North Sea ecosystem.

The story of the natural world in ports is unexpected and virtually unknown. We want to make a point: nature isn’t just far off in designated nature reserves. It’s also nearby – and in surprising abundance – in areas of intensive human use. In addition to the film, a lesson pack will also be developed on nature and sustainability issues in port and industrial areas. The lesson pack will be made available to all Dutch schools free of charge. We could not do this without the help of partners such as Van Oord, who are supporting the entire project (film and lesson pack).

~ Willem Berents , filmmaker of Veldkijker films