The European Union will co-finance a project to raise bridges on the Albert Canal in Belgium’s Flanders region to allow taller ships and barges to access the waterway.
The project will also widen a section of the canal between Wijnegem and Antwerp, which will allow Class VI vessels to navigate it in its entirety, from Antwerp to Liege.
The project benefits from a TEN-T Programme contribution of more than 3 million euros (about US$4 million). It is part of a wider series of improvements on the waterway to allow for increased container traffic.
The improvements are scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.