Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Water 2013-FR-30014-S

Studies on the Priority Project of common interest: The Seine-Scheldt inland waterway network - cross-border section between Compiègne and Ghent


This project, part of the larger Global Project and TEN-T Priority Project 30

(Seine-Scheldt inland waterway), concerns a link of the Seine-Scheldt waterway which is currently inaccessible to large gauge vessels along its entire length and is a major bottleneck for inland waterway transport.


It consists of several studies focusing on the cross-border section of the canal between Compiègne (France) and Ghent (Belgium). Its aim is to increase the canal's capacity and improve the level of services provided by the waterways.


The different activities are designed as measures of support for the Global Project and include studies focusing on:

  • Upgrading the Quesnoy lock to a large gauge network
  • Modernising the Nord-Pas-de-Calais network in order to improve its infrastructure for the period 2010-2040
  • Upgrading the Deûle and a new trajectory of the Deûle-Lys axis for class Va vessels
  • Doubling the Fontinettes lock
  • Upgrading the Oise river to Vb gauge
  • Raising the Mours bridge and temporary lowering the Isle Adam canal pound



State of progress on 31 December 2014:
All activities have started and are ongoing.




Project promoter: 


Total project cost covered by this Decision:


Percentage of EU support:  


Studies: 50%

EU contribution: 




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This project was also the subject of a press release issued by the Agency.

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Implementation schedule:

Start date: January 2013

End date: December 2015



 French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy


Implementing body:

 Voies Navigables de France


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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