dws-bam-ijmuiden-sea-lock-aerial-770pxDutch national public works authority Rijkswaterstaat announced its intention to award the construction of the new IJmuiden sea lock to the consortium OpenIJ that is formed by BAM, VolkerWessels and DIF.

The sea lock is located at the entrance to the North Sea Canal that links the port of Amsterdam to the North Sea.

After a lifetime of almost 100 years, the Northern lock in IJmuiden needs replacement.

After contract close, this consortium, consisting of BAM, Volker Wessels and DIF will be responsible for design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new lock for a period of 26 years.

Construction to start in 2016
A new, larger lock system will improve the accessibility of the port of Amsterdam and stimulate the local economy by offering space to the growing ships independent of the tidal levels.

The new lock will be 70 meters wide, 500 meters long and 18 meters deep. Construction will start early 2016 and the new lock will be available for shipping at the end of 2019.

After contract close all construction activities will be carried out by BAM and Volker Wessels. The dredging activities will be carried out by subcontractors Boskalis and Van Oord.

National locks programme
The new sea entrance is part of Rijkswaterstaat’s Locks Programme. This national program includes six projects: lock Limmel, 2nd lock Eefde, 3rd Beatrix Lock, IJmond sea entrance, sea lock Terneuzen and the Afsluitdijk.

This news item was originally published on the websites of BAM international and VolkerWessels (in Dutch only).

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Video on the history, the economic importance and the need to enlarge the Northern lock in IJmuiden.