Aldingen ceremoniously reopened after overhaul

The overhauled Aldingen lock on the River Neckar with modern technology and gates.

Ceremony marking the reopening of the modernized left lock chamber.

By early September, the time had come to celebrate on the Neckar! After a construction period of 4.5 years, the overhauled left-hand chamber of the Aldingen lock, including the extension for 110-meter-long large motor vessels, was reopened to shipping traffic. The successful completion of the project was celebrated with a ceremony to mark the official commissioning. More than 1.5 million tons of goods and container freight at a value of more than 20,000 TEUs pass through this logistically important link between the greater Stuttgart/Neckar area and the Rhine every year.

The general planning was carried out by a joint venture with Krebs + Kiefer and IRS under the technical leadership of WTM Engineers. The chamber walls of the lock system were renewed by means of a reinforced facing shell and the previous gates were replaced by miter gates with modern drive and control technology. In order to keep the neighboring lock chamber in operation, complex, carefully coordinated construction sequences were required.