Rijkswaterstaat is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and
responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure
facilities in the Netherlands. Its role is the practical execution of the public works and water
management, including the construction and maintenance of waterways and roads, and flood
protection and prevention.
The employees of Rijkswaterstaat dedicate themselves to achieving that every day. With more than
200 years of expertise in planning the country’s infrastructure, they know that their task involves
more than executing projects on the roads and waterways. It is also about balancing the interests of
the economy, the environment and quality of life.
The main waterway Lemmer-Delfzijl (HLD) consists of three canals: the Prinses Margrietkanaal (Friesland), Van Starkenborghkanaal and Eemskanaal (Groningen). This waterway is part of the corridor from Amsterdam to the North of the Netherlands and connects the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam with North Germany for commercial shipping. Every year 200,000 containers are transported on the HLD. This makes this waterway one of the most important waterways in our country and important for the northern economy.
In order to ensure safe and fast transport by water now and in the future, the national government (‘Rijkswaterstaat’) is working on an extensive program to adapt the HLD such that it is fit for purpose. Bridges will be replaced, the banks will be strengthened and where necessary the waterway will be widened and deepened.
In 2030, the HLD will be up-to-date such that inland vessels with a length up to 110 meters will be able to navigate safely and quickly along the waterway.