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EU to co-finance inland waterway improvements in Germany

Creation date: November 11, 2013

The European Union will support with €1.4 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to upgrade Germany's Elbe-Havel Canal, to enable more efficient and competitive inland navigation in the region.


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, aims to remove a fluvial bottleneck at the city of Zerben and foresees the partial construction of a second, new lock chamber and other necessary river engineering works.


It includes the excavation of the lock pit, the replacement of the upper weir and the adaptation of the upper lay-by basin. The overall construction of the lock is expected to be completed in 2018. These river engineering works are necessary for the inland waterway to comply with Class Vb standards (a waterway capable of accommodating vessels of 3200 tonnes and up to 185 metres in length).


The project will be monitored by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) and is set to be completed by December 2015.


For more information, please consult the project's page!