The Dutch Highways and Waterways Agency (Rijkswaterstaat) has secured a contract to construct the new IJmuiden sea lock that is located at the entrance to the North Sea Canal.
As part of this development, a new consortium OpenIJ consisting of BAM-PGGM and Volker Wessels-DIF will be responsible for design, construction, financing of the project.
In addition, the consortium will be responsible for maintenance of the new lock for a period of 26 years.
The North Sea Canal, a major Dutch waterway, enables ships to enter into the dock complex at Amsterdam.
The size of the entrance lock at IJmuiden decides the size of ships that can enter the waterway, Maritime Journal reported.
The lock complex at Ijmuiden includes four locks with the 400m-long, 50m-wide and 15m-deep, Northern lock being the largest among them.
The new lock, which will be 500m-long, 70m-wide and 18m-deep in measurement, is expected to enhance the accessibility of the port of Amsterdam and boost the local economy by providing space to large ships.
Construction of the new lock is expected to start early 2016 and is scheduled to be delivered at the end of 2019.
The lock will allow the new generation of large-sized vessels such as cruise ships, bulk carriers and container ships.
In addition, the larger, tide-independent lock will reduce waiting times for ships and offer a platform for capacity expansion of the sea lock.
Rijkswaterstaat’s Locks Program includes five other projects namely Lock Limmel, the 2nd lock at Eefde, the 3rd Beatrix Lock, the sea lock at Terneuzen and the Afsluitdijk.
Image: The entrance lock at Ijmuiden. Photo: courtesy of BAM PPP bv.