Location: Werkendam, Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden
Status: Exploration of possible future of the Maritime Cluster in the Province of South Holland
Client: The Province of Zuid Holland, Metropolitan region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH), Municipality of Rotterdam, regions of Drechtsteden and Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden
In cooperation with: Ubbels & Langerak, Atelier NOU, Vereniging Deltametropool, Mauro Parravicini

The Maritime Cluster is an important and stable part of the Dutch GDP. The cluster is, however, heavily affected by several international trends and changes. Therefore, its continued success is related to future scenario’s. The Province of South Holland, MRDH, and the involved municipalities initiated a study that explores the future of the cluster. On basis of four economical and political scenarios developed by Erasmus University. Research-by-design is deployed to explore the spatial impacts and opportunities of the cluster.

The scenario’s, varying from a future in which international trade comes to a standstill (the Home Made Scenario) to a scenario in which China becomes world leader (the Asia Rules Scenario), will influence the sector in their own ways. Within the scenario’s, not only spatial demand and employment fluctuates, also the modes of cooperation and company profiling vary.

Using research-by-design, Defacto explored the opportunities and threats of these four scenario’s for the maritime activities in the region Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden and the Municipality of Werkendam. Strategic policy directions could contribute to a robust future of the industry. For example, by investing in education or innovative flood risk engineering showcases. Or by securing sufficient space for potential expansion or transforming brownfields inro creative hotspots or touristic gateways.