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Water 2011-EU-93076-S 

Planning study for a new maritime lock in Terneuzen


The canal between Gent and Terneuzen is a major shipping connection for both maritime and inland navigation. The canal, with an overall length of 32 km, lies 15.4 km on Belgian territory and 16.6 km in The Netherlands. There is presently a capacity problem at the lock compound in Terneuzen. This proposed Action concerns the studies for the construction, management and maintenance of a new maritime lock there. The Flanders (BE) and Dutch governments signed an agreement relating to this in March 2012.


The main objectives of this Action, are the preparation of the necessary documentation for the future implementation of the Global project. The Action concerns the (technical) development of the preferred solution for the construction of a new lock, the completion of the legal procedures including the EIA for the project of the new maritime lock, as well as preparatory work concerning the tendering of the construction of the lock.



This project has been completed.



Total project cost covered by this Decision:



Percentage of EU support:


Studies: 50%

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Member States involved:

Belgium, The Netherlands


Implementation schedule:

Start date: April 2012

End date: December 2014



 Kingdom of Belgium

 Kingdom of the Netherlands


Implementing body:

 Joint Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission (VNSC)


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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