The world's largest canal lock was opened at Ijmuiden, a tiny port city in the Port of Amsterdam, The
The infrastructural project,
500 meters long and 70 meters
broad, provides Amsterdam
with a 'larger front entrance.' It also took
more and cost around €300 million
much more than anticipated.
The Dutch King, Willem-Alexander,
unveiled the globe's biggest canal lock on
. The major infrastructure project's development
started in 2016
and was supposed to be completed by 2019. It also exceeded the original
budget by roughly €300 million.
The Ijmuiden lock
was built to allow large, contemporary cargo ships to approach Amsterdam's port
. The construction is also deep enough that ships would no more need to stop
for a suitable
water level to reach the canal
. With a height of nearly nine meters above sea level, the building also serves as a flood defense
. Locks are used to making a river more navigable or to allow a canal to cross uneven terrain. Later
employed ever bigger locks to provide a more direct path.