Walking on water

Boardwalk

Marineterrein Amsterdam is to become a car-free area. More footpaths will therefore be laid and alternative forms of transport will be tested. 

Boardwalk

Marineterrein Amsterdam is to become a car-free area. More footpaths will therefore be laid and alternative forms of transport will be tested. 

  • Short

    The boardwalk is to act as a new walking route and will bring the calming qualities of the water closer to the pedestrians. The boardwalk also prevents boats and their pollution from entering the inner harbour. This improves the water quality and safety for swimmers. But that is not all: thanks to the boardwalk, the Marineterrein now also has an extra test area for innovative, autonomous Roboats developed by the AMS Institute (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions). Those could contribute to a reduction in traffic congestion in the city. The boardwalk is modular and flexible, and can therefore be disconnected and reconnected in many different ways, for example for the annual Amsterdam City Swim.

  • Facts

    • Completion: July 2018
    • Crossing length: 130 metres
    • Total length: 160 metres
    • Width: 2.5 metres
    • Material: recyclable composite material
    • Mooring point: by the Commander’s Quarters (kiss & sail)
    • Special features: a mooring post needed to be sawn down under water to enable the construction of the boardwalk. This tricky job was completed by the Engineering Corps of the Ministry of Defense. 
  • Info

    Eerst worden de vlonders op de drijvers gemonteerd
    Eerst worden de vlonders op de drijvers gemonteerd
    En naar de havenkom gesleept
    En naar de havenkom gesleept
    Eerst worden de bovenste delen van de meerpaal afgezaagd
    Eerst worden de bovenste delen van de meerpaal afgezaagd
    De duiker gaat onder water, met kettingzaag
    De duiker gaat onder water, met kettingzaag
    De vlonderdelen worden aan elkaar vastgemaakt
    De vlonderdelen worden aan elkaar vastgemaakt
    Een spannend moment want de duiker ziet geen hand voor ogen
    Een spannend moment want de duiker ziet geen hand voor ogen