More than 40,000 people visited the biggest lock in the world in Antwerp
Monday, 09 March 2015
During the weekend, more than 40,000 people crossed the Deurganckdok lock, in the port of Antwerp. This was the last time the floodgate, the biggest in the world, could be visited, as it will be filled with water from the first of April. The public turned up in droves. The sheer number of curious people caused traffic problems, and the lock was closed early. “We tried to give the maximum number of people possible the chance to visit the floodgate, but unfortunately we had to turn a certain number of people away. By closing an hour and a half earlier than planned, we managed to regain control of the traffic situation, which was caused, among other things, by awkward parking. Despite everything, this “‘Voeten in de Sluis” operation (feet in the lock) was a great success”, says Annik Dirkx, spokesman for Antwerp port.
The floodgate in question is 500 meters long, 68 meters wide and 27 meters deep. It will enter into service in Spring 2016. The doors of this impressive lock were opened to the public for the last time this weekend. Visitors could, for the first and last time, walk on the bottom of the lock to admire the work in detail. Everyone could also sponsor a meter cubed of the lock, decorated by Cazn graffiti.