Kieldrecht sea lock

Belgium

The largest sea lock in the world ensures access to the docks of Antwerp’s left Scheldt bank.

  • Length: 500m = 28 articulated buses
  • Width: 68m = 19-lane motorway
  • Depth: – 17,80m TAW (sea level at low tide)
  • Construction period: 5 years = 475,000 man-hours
  • Earth movement: 10,000,000 m³ = 3x the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Sheet piling curtain: 3 kilometres
  • Reinforce concrete: 740,000 m³ = 30 storeys (89 metres) piled on top of 1 soccer pitch
  • Steel: 20,000 tonnes = 3x Eiffel Tower
  • Sheet piles: 57,000 m²