Lock Eefde is located in the IJssel at the beginning of the Twente canals to Enschede and Almelo. The lock is also called the port of Twente (hence the name Lock to Twente), because it is the only access to the Twente canals for inland navigation. Ships transport 70,000 containers and 60 million tons of cargo between North and East Europe and the major ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp every year via the lock.
The current waiting times at the lock are too long and the lock is not suitable for CEMT class Va in connection with the permissible draft. Due to the construction of a second lock, in the event of maintenance, blocking for shipping traffic will be reduced.
Rijkswaterstaat awarded the DBFMO contract to the L2T building combination (Lock to Twente) at the end of November 2016. Rijkswaterstaat has reserved more than 80 million euros for the second lock.
The construction consortium is responsible for the pre-financing, the design, the construction and 27 years of maintenance of the new lock and the major maintenance of the existing lock.