Construction of new lock at Terneuzen

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.

The new lock is being built between the existing locks and will improve access to the ports of Ghent and Terneuzen, and the canal that links the 2 ports. Europe will be gaining a brand-new up-to-date lock complex with the aim of improving shipping connections between Terneuzen and Ghent and, as the link between the Scheldt and the Seine, Paris.

Benefits new lock at Terneuzen

This project has an impact on economic interests. The ports are crucial to the transportation of goods within Europe. In the first instance, it will give an economic boost to the regions of Flanders (Ghent) and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Terneuzen), but in the longer term the economy of Europe as a whole could well benefit from this. The lock will smooth the path of shipping between the Netherlands, Belgium and France. And the lock complex will have greater capacity, leading to shorter waiting times and a general improvement of through-flow.

In fact, the decision to build the lock at this precise moment is not a matter of chance, either. The canal in question is threatened with a capacity problem which could lead to the passage of vessels being compromised. It is expected that the new lock will be ready to receive shipping in 2023.

Project period


European programme

Connecting Europe Facility

Project website

Website New lock Terneuzen (Dutch)