New large sea lock: construction has started

JULY 13, 2016

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.

Commissioned by the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the new sea lock in IJmuiden will be built by the consortium of contractors OpenIJ in the next few years. The project is a collaborative venture of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the province of North Holland, the City of Amsterdam, Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV and the municipality of Velsen. The project is cofounded by the European Union’s TEN-T programme.