The consortium, consisting of BAM-PGGM and Volker Wessels-DIF, will be responsible for design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new lock for a period of 26 years. Rijkswaterstaat had announced its intention last month to award the contract to the consortium (link opens in new tab).
All construction activities will be carried out by BAM and VolkerWessels and the dredging work will be undertaken by subcontractors Van Oord and Boskalis.
The existing lock located at the entrance to the North Sea Canal, is almost 100 years’ old and in need of replacement. A new, larger lock system will improve access for 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 70m wide, 500m long and 18m deep.
Construction will start early next year and the new lock will be available for shipping at the end of 2019.
Rijkswaterstaat, the Province of North Holland, the City of Amsterdam, Port of Amsterdam and the Municipality of Velsen have been working together to bring about the project, which is co-funded by the TEN-T programme of the European Union.