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Water 2012-DE-91043-P

Adaptation of the Middle Weser to meet Class Va waterway standards


The Action aims at improving the Middle Weser fairway, thereby improving the connection between the hinterland and the sea ports. Conditions will be established for fully exploiting the economies of scale of inland navigation (upgrade of the waterway from Class IV to Va) and allow the passage of vessels with a length of 110 m and a width of 11.45 m on the Middle Weser.


The Action will enhance the connection of the North Sea to the inland waterway network and foster inland navigation growth. As part of the first phase of the adaptation of the fairway (to be completed in 2016), the Action consists of the following works: relocation of the banks in 3 river bends; Groyne shortening; conversion of the ship impact protection equipment and improvement of the holding basins of Dörverden lock.



State of progress on 31 December 2014:
Overall the project is progressing more slowly than planned due to delays incurred during the planning phase. All four activities are ongoing.




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Percentage of EU support:  


Studies: 10%

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Implementation schedule:

Start date: April 2013

End date: December 2015


Beneficiary & Implementing body:

 Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau

und Stadtentwicklung


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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