Five years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the new Zerben Lock was inaugurated and the gates opened to shipping traffic on schedule. The technically demanding project had a total cost of 62 million euros. Inros Lackner was responsible, with GP Papenburg Baugesellschaft mbH of Hanover, for providing all planning and design services for the construction Project.
Ships with a length of up to 185 metres, barge convoys and large cargo vessels can pass the new lock, with its height difference of five meters, in just 20 minutes. With the inauguration, work on one of the last bottlenecks on the 55-kilometre-long Elbe-Havel Canal - the subject of a major rehabilitation and deepening project - has been completed. With a number of bridges also to be raised in the near future, it is very possible that very large freighters will be able to travel from Berlin to Hanover within the next two years - reducing traffic on the highways and protecting the environment.