Construction of the 2nd Wusterwitz Lock


  • Marine
  • Hydraulic Engineering


München (Hauptsitz/Headquarters)


Wasserstraßen-Neubauamt Magdeburg


From 2003 to 2007

Project Activities

The services comprise design and tender preparation for:

  • Civil, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering
  • Reinforced concrete works and sheet piling
  • Stabilisation works for the canal sides and invert
  • Drainage facilities
  • Superstructure and fitting out; building services
  • Hydraulic steel structures and ancillary equipment
  • Mechanical engineering and piping
  • Electrical engineering, control and monitoring
  • equipment
  • Roads and bridges


Dorsch International Consultants GmbH

München (Hauptsitz/Headquarters)
Landsberger Str. 368
80687 München

Phone: +49 89 5797-0
Fax: +49 89 5797-800
E-Mail: info@dorsch.de

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A new Wusterwitz Lock on the Elbe-Havel Canal is to be constructed as part of the German Unity Transport Project VDE 17 (navigation connection from Hanover via Berlin to the Baltic).

The lock is to provide a usable chamber length of 190 m with a breadth of 12.50 m for ships and barge trains with an overall length of up to 185 m and width of up to 11.40 m.

The lift depends on the prevailing canal conditions, and will attain a maximum of 4.75 m.

Ancillary structures include a pumping station enabling water to be returned to the Elbe-Havel Canal.

The project also comprises the reconstruction of the Wusterwitz weir, the connection of the up-and downstream landings to the existing canal and all temporary works.

A variety of competing filling systems and chamber designs were investigated, as well as a tandem solution using both the existing and new locks.