The ABC-Canal connects the cities of Charleroi, Brussels and Antwerp. The canal is about 130 km long and is the collective name for a number of linked waterways between Antwerp and Charleroi. This “chain” consists of the canal Charleroi-Brussels, the Brussels–Scheldt Maritime Canal, the Rupel and the Scheldt.
The ABC-Canal is centrally located and was once a major source of transportation for Belgium. It was built in six years time, from 1826 to 1932.
The ABC-Canal was especially important for the transportation of coal from Hainault. In the 90s the canal was improved by the construction of various locks.