The Princess Beatrix Lock is the largest monumental inland waterway lock in the Netherlands. The lock lies on the Lek Canal, the main direct link between the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. As more and more large ships are using the Lek Canal, the Princess Beatrix Lock was in danger of becoming a bottleneck.
On behalf of the Rijkswaterstaat, the consortium Sas van Vreeswijk is constructing a third chamber, widening the canal and installing extra berths for vessels. The consortium is formed by BESIX, Heijmans and Jan de Nul.