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A white swan in Rotterdam

Due to its unique shape, the Erasmusbrug is nicknamed 'The Swan' and links the Kop van Zuid district to Rotterdam city centre. It is probably the most famous bridge in the Netherlands. The 802 metre-long bridge, with its characteristic 139 metre-high asymmetrical pylon, is a distinguishing landmark that has been part of the skyline above the New Meuse River since 1996. The pylon and the deck components are completely made out of steel and were blasted and coated by DCS.

Skyline of the New Meuse

The components were finished on location after assembly, using a paint roller. To make this possible, a pump system that feeds the paint to the roller was used. This innovation ensured that the project, which involved 15,000 man-hours and 20,000 litres of paint, went smoothly. The painters worked from an enclosed working platform that was engineered to travel up along the outside of the pylon. This inventive solution, combined with the exceptional height of the bridge, meant this was a unique project.