A new large sea lock is being constructed at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden that will provide access to the Amsterdam port region.
The new lock will be 500 metres long, 70 metres wide and 18 metres deep, making it the world’s largest sea lock. Construction began in January 2016 and the new lock will be available for shipping at the end of 2019. From then on, the port of Amsterdam will be accessible 24 hours a day.
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Scheduled activities and obstructions
Some activities and obstructions have been scheduled in connection with the construction of the New Sea Lock. There are also scheduled activities and obstructions in connection with regular maintenance work to the North Lock and Middle Lock. An overview of the scheduled activities and obstructions of the North Lock and Middle Lock is given below.
Activities and obstructions in connection with the construction of the New Sea Lock
|30 January 2017 to 31 July 2017||Activities
Construction works IJmuiden North Lock - Binnentoeleidingskanaal (Inner Approach Channel)
|26 August 2016 until further notice||Activities
Activities and measures in relation to the construction of the IJmuiden New Sea Lock
Activities and obstructions in connection with regular maintenance work to the North Lock and Middle Lock
|1 November 2017 to 3 November 2017||Activities
IJmuiden Middle Lock obstructed due to an emergency inspection of the loop culverts
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Do you have any questions, reports, complaints or comments regarding the construction work? Please contact Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, through the national Information number 0800 - 8002 (available free of charge daily from 6.00 am to 10.30 pm) or send an email to email@example.com. See the project page ‘building a new, large sea lock’ on the website of the Rijkswaterstaat IJmuiden..
When will the new sea lock be completed?
Schedule 1st half of 2016
Preparatory work including removal of the South Lock Island Mid-2016 Re-routing of the inner approach channel to the Middle Lock & start of the construction of the new sea lock 2017 Contours of the new sea lock will become visible Mid-2018 The gates of the new sea lock will be manoeuvred into place End of 2018 Start testing of the new sea lock 2019 The new sea lock will be put into operational service
The completion of the new sea lock for shipping is scheduled for the end of 2019. The first ships may probably start to pass through the new sea lock during the operational test phase.
Why a new sea lock?
- The North Lock will reach the end of its technical service life in 2029 and has become too small for today’s ever-larger seagoing vessels.
- The New Sea Lock is tide-independent and can be used 24/7.
- A new large sea lock allows new-generation larger vessels to pass through the North Sea Canal smoothly and safely.
- With a larger lock, the port has the possibility to grow from today’s 90 million tons to 125 million tons of goods handled per year.