The Canal Seine-Nord Europe is currently under construction. Normally, it should be finished in 2017. The canal will be 106 km long, have 7 locks and 3 canal bridges.
The canal Seine-Nord Europe will connect the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) with France. It will connect Europe’s most important ports and be an important trade route. The canal will connect paris with the Benelux.
The canal will cost 4.5 billion Euro and will be the largest collaborative constructed canal in history. Voies Navigables de France (VNF) is proud of this project. According to them the canal is: “106 km of durable architecture to be invented”.
The first plans to build this canal date back to March 2010. On the 5th of April 2011 president Sarkozy gave the official starting signal after most of the funding was collected. At this time Belgium had already started upgrading parts of it’s canals in preperation foor the construction of the Canal Seine-Nord Europe.
President Sarkozy said he was overjoyed because France would soon built it’s first big canal since the Second World War. The canal will also create several thousand jobs and reduce road freight. Finaly the canal will also make the Seine region accessible to push boats or barges up to 4400 ton. The canal will transport between 13.3 and 15 billion ton of goods annualy.