Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management announces intention to award tender for construction of the new sea lock IJmuiden

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20-07-2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management Press Release – After nearly one hundred years, the 'Noordersluis' in IJmuiden is in need of replacement. The Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management intends to award the tender for the construction of the new IJmuiden sea lock at the entrance to the North Sea Canal to the OpenIJ consortium. After the tender has been definitively awarded, this consortium consisting of BAM, VolkerWessels and DIF will be responsible for designing, constructing, financing and maintaining the new sea lock for a period of 26 years.

A new larger sea lock will improve the Port of Amsterdam’s accessibility and boost the economy in the region by providing tide-independent space to increasingly larger ocean-going vessels. The new sea lock will be 70 metres wide, 500 metres long and 18 metres deep. Construction will commence in early 2016 and the new sea lock will be open to vessel traffic in late 2019.

Cooperation

The Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the Province of North Holland, the City of Amsterdam and Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV are working in cooperation with respect to the construction of the new large sea lock at IJmuiden. The Municipality of Velsen is involved as legal adviser within the context of spatial planning.

Lock Plan

The new IJmond sea entrance is part of the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management’s Lock Plan. It encompasses six projects: the Limmel barrage lock, 2nd chamber Eefde, 3rd chamber Beatrixsluis lock, IJmond Sea Entrance, Terneuzen Sea Lock and the IJsselmeer Dam.