Oosterweel works and passage planning

Works on the Oosterweel connection will enter a new phase in 2024. These works are to close the ring road around Antwerp. Lantis, the builder of the Oosterweel connection, will begin work on the construction of the Canal Tunnels in the Albert Canal in 2024. This will have an impact on shipping traffic at the site.

In functie van de Oosterweelwerken aan het Albertkanaal voorziet Port of Antwerp-Bruges scheepvaartbegeleiding via de nieuwe VTS-sector Weel met VHF-kanaal 62.

Initiator(s)

Lantis, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Duration

29/01/2017 - 29/12/2030

Location

Albert Canal

Why?

The Oosterweel connection completes the Antwerp Ring Road and removes through traffic and port traffic from the Ring Road. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is responsible for the safe passage of shipping traffic on the Albert Canal during the works on the Canal Tunnels.

What?

For shipping

The work on the construction of the Canal Tunnels in the Albert Canal will begin in 2024. These tunnels will connect the new Antwerp Ring Road to the newly constructed traffic interchange (the 'Oosterweel interchange'). For those works, Lantis will build a construction pit in the canal. This will make the Albert Canal a lot narrower. As a result, only one-way navigation traffic will be possible. To ensure that this runs as safely and smoothly as possible, Lantis and Port of Antwerp-Bruges are providing for the expansion of vessel guidance (VTS sector Weel) and the launch of passage planning along the works. 

Shipping communications

Once passage planning is launched, shippers will request passage through one of these channels:

  • APICS barge
  • VHF channel 10
  • VTS telephone

VHF channel 62 will remain in effect when entering the VTS sector Weel. Five communication towers along the Albert Canal with cameras and traffic lights will help guide shipping traffic. 

Interne film over de uitbreiding sector Weel en de digitale toepassing passageplanner in het kader van de Oosterweelwerken.

Canal area works and impact on shipping

19/1/2024

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