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20/01/22
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Follow it online: opening of new IJmuiden sea lock by His Majesty The King of the Netherlands

After a long construction and testing period, the Ijmuiden lock is now ready for use. The world’s largest sea locks will be officially opened by His Majesty The King of the Netherlands on 26 January 2022.

Wednesday 26 January 2022
14:45 – 15:30
ivestream via
www.openingzeesluisijmuiden.nl

After a long construction and testing period, the Ijmuiden lock is now ready for use. The world’s largest sea locks will be officially opened by His Majesty The King of the Netherlands on 26 January 2022.

Although the opening will take place in an intimate setting due to the current COVID protections, people will be able to watch online as part of an interesting programme that celebrates this sea lock achievement.

Major development for offshore too
The new sea locks allow large seagoing and offshore vessels to enter the North Sea Canal region with cargo or for maintenance, and decommissioning projects to easily continue toward Decom Amsterdam.

Many offshore working vessels have exceptional dimensions. Take the example of the Conquest’s Solitaire, a pipelaying vessel that was slightly too large for the former Noordersluis locks. In took lots of effort from various parties to gain permission, as is shown in this video, in which Conquest also explains the benefits of working behind the locks – something that will now be possible. These advantages also apply to companies such as TMA, Damen and KenzFigee, which can now accept projects they were unable to realise before – a splendid development for the growth of the offshore sector in our region.

Some facts & figures (source: Port of Amsterdam and RWS):

  • The new IJmuiden sea lock has a length of 500 metres, a width of 70 metres and a depth of 18 metres.
  • The locks contain an impressive 630 million litres of water, the equivalent of 252 Olympic-sized swimming pools. 
  • They can accommodate vessels with lengths up to 399 metres and beams up to 57 metres.  
  • The new sea locks are tide-independent and can be used 24/7.
  • Zeesluis IJmuiden replaces the Noordersluis locks which were opened in 1929. 

The project has been a collaboration between the covenant parties, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterworks, the Province of North Holland and the City of Amsterdam together with Port of Amsterdam and Velsen Municipality. The sea lock was built by a consortium of contractors called OpenIJ and commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat. 

We hope to see you online!