Successful installation of new rolling sluice gate at Meppelerdiepsluis

26 January 2015

The first new rolling sluice gate for the Meppelerdiepsluis (lock in the Meppelerdiep canal) was installed on 23 January 2015. The 170-tonne gate was successfully lifted into the gate recess. This marks a major step forward in the construction of the new lock.

Plaatsen roldeur 

The team started to hoist the sluice gate into place on Thursday 22 January. At the very start of this operation, the rolling sluice gate shifted slightly out of position. To ensure that the job could be finished safely, it was decided to continue the following day after making a few adjustments. Since the project planning always takes account of possible time overruns, this did not cause any delays overall.

The rolling sluice gate for the interior chamber of the new Meppelerdiepsluis is 37 metres long, 7 metres tall and 3 metres wide. The sluice gate was hoisted into the gate recess from a pontoon. This operation was done with the aid of two 700-tonne land-based telecranes, which were subsequently disassembled on 26 January. The contractor had also erected a viewpoint for interested bystanders. This milestone in the construction of the new lock met with strong interest from the public.

Rolling sluice gate

A rolling sluice gate is a gate housed in a gate recess outside the actual waterway. The wheeled gate, which moves sideways along a rail supported by a concrete bar, is used to close off the water channel. The rolling sluice gate can be used as a barrier during both high and low water.

Reliable, fast and safe

The Strukton Civiel Projecten - Reef Infra consortium has been commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat to convert the Meppelerdiepsluis from a floodgate into a lock. This will allow shipping traffic to move to and from Meppel throughout the year – including during high water. The new lock will be wider and deeper than its predecessor, meaning that larger ships can move through it more quickly and safely. Moreover, the new lock offers better protection against floods for the surrounding area. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2017.


This news update is based on an update issued by Rijkswaterstaat