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Update: Amsterdam’s new sea lock condition

According to the Port of Amsterdam, in the first months of the new year, OpenIJ will be busy with the completion of the road connection for construction traffic (number 1 in the picture), the removal of the temporary bridge, the completion of the local control building west (number 2 in the picture), the installation of equipment for lock operation and control in the Lock Operation Centre (SOC) (number 3 in the picture) and the removal of the temporary partitions in the lock gate chamber of the inner lock head (number 4 in the picture).

Road connection and bridge

Concrete beams were placed over the lock gate chamber of the outer head at the end of 2019. These concrete beams are the foundation for the future road. The road connection (number 1 in the picture) will be completed in the coming months.

After completion, this road will be used by construction traffic. The temporary bridge, now still situated inside the future lock chamber (number 1a in the picture), will be removed.

Local control building west

Installation of equipment for lock operation and control in the local control building west (number 2 in the picture) has been nearly completed. The equipment will be tested after completion.

Lock Operation Centre

Just like in the local control building west, the installation of equipment for lock operation and control in the SOC, or Lock Operation Centre (number 3 in the picture), is also nearly completed. The equipment will also be tested in the coming period.

Inner lock head

At the moment the temporary partitions in the lock gate chamber of the inner lock head are being removed (number 4 in the picture). At the same time, builders are also connecting the lock sill cofferdam to both the lock gate chamber and the lock chamber wall. In the future, the new sea lock's inner gate will run across this connection – the lock sill - when the lock must be opened or closed.

Drone recording of the construction

In order to monitor the progress of the construction from the air, drone recordings are made every three months. Click here  for the drone recording of the fourth quarter of 2019.





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