Amsterdam City Council Says 'YES' to New Lock

On Wednesday, 26 November, the City Council of Amsterdam said ‘yes’ to the accelerated and expanded construction of the new large sea lock in IJmuiden, with the one-off investment required for this being given the green light. Port of Amsterdam is very pleased with this decision.

The new large sea lock will safeguard the ongoing accessibility of the ports and businesses along the North Sea Canal, including for large vessels with deep drafts. This means a big boost for the port region and the Dutch economy. Port of Amsterdam CEO Dertje Meijer: ‘Great news! The new, larger sea lock will be good for the port, the region and the business community in the area. With this decision, the City Council of Amsterdam is investing in the future and in sustainable growth for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.’

For the accelerated construction of the new large sea lock, Port of Amsterdam is working together with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the Province of North Holland, the City of Amsterdam and the Municipality of Velsen.

The project received an EU subsidy for the planning study phase as part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme. A subsidy application will also be made relating to the implementation stage of the project.

About Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a large role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. The North Sea Canal Area tranships in 2013 approximately 95 million tonnes of goods, with Port of Amsterdam accounting for approximately 78 million tonnes of this amount. A total of 59,000 people work in the port region either at companies in the port or at port-related companies. Approximately 26,000 of these people work in Amsterdam.Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV is committed to being a smart port and to adding value for customers and the environs in a sustainable and innovative manner. It seeks to promote growth at companies, while still taking a careful approach to the available space and the quality of water, soil and air. Port of Amsterdam aims to achieve this through intensive cooperation with partners in the business community (national and international), city and region. For more information, please visit www.portofamsterdam.com

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