The Old River IJssel runs from the ancient Hanseactic city of Doesburg to Doetinchem in the Netherlands. The waterway is 30 kilometres long but can only handle small barges up to 650 tons which often carry animal feed/fodder and construction materials such as sand and gravel. As the old river is linked to the main river IJssel – part of the Dutch main waterway network – many industrial companies wanted the ability to receive larger barges, offering economies of scale and lower transport costs per ton.
Royal HaskoningDHV was commissioned to investigate the market potential for using larger vessels and consequently developed an upgrading plan for the river, allowing access for barges up to 850 tons.
At a total estimated cost of €10 million, the suggested upgrades require the reconstruction of the lock at the entrance of the river, with bridges and curves in the river.