The European Union has allocated funding from the TEN-T Programme, under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, for two maritime infrastructure projects in Europe.
The EU has allotted $6.8 million for the construction of a sea lock in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, to ensure that one of the bottlenecks currently restricting capacity is removed. The lock will create a connection between the tidal Deurganckdock and the non-tidal docks of Waaslandhaven. It will be 68 meters (about 223 feet) wide with a depth of 58 feet. EU support will continue until December 2014, and the new lock basin is expected to enter into service by March 2016.
The EU will also provide more than $1.4 million for a series of studies that will assess the feasibility and necessary infrastructure adaptations for the use of liquefied natural gas as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijon, Spain. The studies will specifically focus on standards, regulations and legal issues; technical designs; impacts; user requirements; recommendations; and implementation plans. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2014.