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(March 15–21, 2006)

Dehua Yang

Border: The Moat of The Forbidden City

Frank van Dam

Beatrix Sluis Vreeswijk

Nieuwegein/Vreeswijk, Netherlands

20 march 2006 14.58h

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The Beatrix lock, just outside Vreeswijk, is a sort of border for the inland shipping between Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Between the Lek canal and the river Lek the ships must bridge a decline of 1.5 up to 5 meters, depending on the tide and season. The lock was built from 1932 to 1938.

Per month passes here ± 4000 ships with sand, gravel, oil etc.. (6.500.000 tons)

The waiting time lasts approximately 25 minutes in contrast to the old lock in the village Vreeswijk where frequently 8 hours had be waited to be able to sail further. The lock was modernised in 1998, and will be renovated this year.

Look at this site, which has been made by Ben van der Haar, one of the lock guards. (Dutch)

The FullScreen has sound !! Have Fun.
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