2019 was an eventful year for the construction process of the new sea lock. A year that started with the arrival of the three lock gates in IJmuiden, an event that was met by great interest from the press and the public. In April, Rijkswaterstaat announced that the route across the lock complex would remain closed for longer and was not expected to re-open before March 2021. The reason was that due to the many construction activities at and around the new sea lock, Rijkswaterstaat could not sufficiently guarantee the safety of the users of that route.
An important milestone was reached in October, when the lock gate chamber of the inner lock head was successfully sunk. This was a major technical achievement in which the lock gate chamber was sunk (centimetre-by-centimetre) more than 18 metres into the soil to the required depth in a controlled manner. In the meantime, the ships to and from Amsterdam continued to pass through the locks as usual. This unhindered passage of ships is very important for the port businesses in the North Sea Canal area.
The construction of the new sea lock will continue unabated in 2020. We will keep you informed with our newsletters.
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