The lock complex at Ijmuiden is the physical access point which connects the North Sea with Amsterdam Seaports and is used intensively by shipping traffic. Due to the increasing size of shipping a greater proportion of ships can only be processed via the largest of the four locks in this complex. The complex is approaching maximum capacity due to the increased volume in cargo and constant increase in ship size. If not addressed, the access point of the North Sea Canal through the lock complex of Ijmuiden will result in delays, congestion and traffic bottleneck.
The Action consists of an implementation study for a new sea lock in the existing sea lock complex at Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. The studies, which will be executed by the Directorate-General (DG) and Public Works Noord Holland, are necessary to analyse the technical, financial and environmental aspects and possible risks of the construction of the sea lock using a PPP procurement.
To arrive at a clear decision in order to begin the tender procedure and move the project closer to implementation as a PPP, further research needs to be carried out into the technical and financial aspects as well as the possible risks of the operation.
Therefore conducting the Proof of Concept Study and analysing these scenarios through the Environmental Effects Analysis (EEA), the Societal Cost Benefit Analysis (SCBA) as well as conducting a study into the Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) approach and optimal DBFM contract are the crucial next steps in defining the PPP project and the tender procedure.
Three alternatives for the dimensions of the new lock will be assessed for technical and financial feasibility in the Proof of Concept study as well as in through the SCBA and EEA and will depend on:
- Variations in the size of the new sea lock
- Options for future use of the Northern Lock
- Limiting the maximum flow of cargo
State of progress on 31 December 2011:
A number of Activities have been completed such as the Simulation Study 'Nautical Safety' and the Model study 'Currents and Wave Run'. The main Proof of Concept study is progressing well and is expected to be completed in April 2012. All Activities have begun and are expected to be completed within the established timeframe.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
Download the Info Sheet about this project:
.pdf (403.8 KB)
This project was also the subject of a press release issued by the Agency.
|Click map to view enlarged version|
Member States involved:
Start date: September 2010
End date: December 2012
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Directorate General of Water Management and Public Works
European Commission, DG MOVE