Construction of new lock at Terneuzen

This project covers the construction of a new lock at Terneuzen. The current locks are causing a bottleneck for shipping between the Western Scheldt and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.

Constructed between the existing locks, the new lock will improve accessibility to the ports of Ghent and Terneuzen and enhance the canal connection between them. Not only will the brand-new, modern lock complex improve shipping connections between Terneuzen and Ghent, but Europe will also be gaining a link between the Scheldt and the River Seine in France.

Brigdging forts and economies

Since 2017, a new, monumental sea lock has been under construction in Terneuzen on behalf of the Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission. This new lock, joining the existing East West Locks, forms a crucial part of the expansive Terneuzen lock complex. The North Sea Locks, pivotal in linking Ghent, Terneuzen, and Vlissingen, ensure optimal maritime access to these thriving North Sea ports.

With the completion of the new lock, larger seagoing vessels will be able to navigate the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal all the way to the port of Ghent. The capacity of the locks will also increase, reducing the waiting time for inland vessels. This project not only enhances port accessibility but also promises to be a catalyst for economic growth in both the Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and Flemish regions

Benefits new lock at Terneuzen

In addition to facilitating the smoother transport of goods, this project is also driving economic prosperity. Initially, it will give an economic boost to the regions of Flanders (Ghent) and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Terneuzen). However, the long-term ripple effects will benefit the European economy as a whole by providing a strategic shipping link between the Netherlands, Belgium and France. What’s more, the lock complex will have greater capacity, leading to shorter waiting times, and generally improve the flow of traffic.

This project is timed to address the looming capacity problem that is jeopardising the passage of ships. The new lock is expected to be ready for use in 2024.

Project period

November 2017 – December 2024

European programme

Connecting Europe Facility

Project website

Website New lock Terneuzen (Dutch)


The Flemish Ministry of Public Works, Municipality of Terneuzen, Province of Zeeland, North Sea Port