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Waaslandhaven - 2nd lock

Construction period: 
Project owner: 
Vlaamse Overheid -Afdeling Maritieme toegang - Havens en Districten Schelde
Amount of the works: 
€ 328.600.000

Thanks to its inland location (80km) and the connection to the hinterland by rail, waterway and road, the port of Antwerp has become one of Europe's largest sea ports, ranking second behind Rotterdam by total freight shipped.

In order to allow access to the latest generation of containerships (14.000 TEU), the Waaslandhaven (Deurganckdock) has been given access through the largest lock in the world: the “Deurganckdok-sluis”. More than 20.000 tons of steel (structures) and 800.000m³ of reinforced concrete were required for the construction of this masterpiece.

The works include all aspects of sea lock :

  • Quay walls – geotechnical and structural design
  • Lock chambers and platform
  • 7m wide lock gates of the wheel barrow type – dimensioning steel construction, technical equipment
  • Shafts and tunneling underneath the lock chamber
  • Door chambers and their mechanical equipment
  • Steel construction of lift bridges, bridge chambers
  • Quay walls in the lock accesses

SECO’s assignment consisted in the following:

  • Risk assessment
  • Technical inspection of structure and lock gates
  • Optimisation of design
  • Factory inspections (subcontractor located in China)
  • Health and safety coordination