Antwerp in Deurganck Dock Lock Drive


The four gates for the Deurganck dock lock in the Port of Antwerp will begin their journey from China at the beginning of April, 2015.

The gigantic gates are being built by the Chinese steel constructor ZPMC, together with the trolleys on which the gates will sit, two combined road/rail bridges, the caisson and other items.

A ceremony was held on March 18, 2015 in the Chinese city of Changxing to mark the official completion of the construction work.

Mr. Liu Jianbo, Vice-President of ZPMC, emphasised in his speech how his company has been working hard on this project since 2011. For ZPMC, the project represents a new chapter in its offshore engineering activities.

Jianbo said: “And of course we hope that the bridges that we are physically building will also contribute metaphorically to mutual understanding between the Chinese and Belgian people.”

Since the worldwide recession, which also hit the shipping industry heavily, ZPMC has diversified into construction of civil engineering structures.

It now builds bridges and other structures for customers all over the world.

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