Hydraulic engineering and port construction

Hydraulic engineering and harbour construction projects require well thought-out solutions in all project phases in order to be able to implement new construction, expansion or renovation measures safely and cost-effectively. We support our customers from the preliminary study through planning and tendering to the realisation of the project, and in all specialist planning areas such as geotechnics, solid construction, hydraulic steel construction, electrical engineering and measurement and control technology.


  • Waterways
  • Locks
  • Ship lifts
  • Harbour construction
  • Jetties, quays
  • docks
  • Transshipment centres
Schleuse Gleesen Projekt DEK Nord

The adaptation of the northern section of the Dortmund-Ems Canal (DEK) is anchored in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 as a project with urgent requirements. On the northern section of the DEK from Bergeshövede to Papenburg, the dimensions of the ships were limited to 95 metres in length and 9.60 metres in width. For this reason, the very old existing locks between Bevergern and…

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Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow

Since 1934, the Niederfinow boat lift has provided the link between Berlin and the Baltic Sea port of Szczecin between the apex of the Havel-Oder waterway and the lower section leading to the Oder. The new Niederfinow boat lift was built between the old lift and the historic lock stairs.

Client: Wasserstraßen-Neubauamt Berlin

Processing period: 2010 – 2016

Main data:
Ship's hoist
Height above…

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Schleuse Lauffen

The Lauffen barrage is located at Neckar km 125.16 and consists of a double lock on the right bank, a three-span weir and a power station.

The right-hand chamber of the lock was extended upstream and the basic repair of both chambers and the heads was carried out. Reinforcement measures were planned to ensure stability by means of horizontal and vertical back anchoring of the walls. The wall…

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Schleuse Besigheim

The Besigheim dam is located at the lower end of an approximately 0.6 km long lock canal on the Neckar and consists of a double lock on the right bank. The associated 3-field weir and the power station are located in the Altneckar at Neckar km 136.6. As the upper gate also serves as a flood gate, only an extension to Unterwasser is possible. 

The service bridge over the lower head must be…

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Sperrwerk Meldorf

Due to the considerable damage caused to the existing bongossi wood stem gates of the Meldorf barrage by the boring worm and fungal infestation, the gates were only allowed to be used to a limited extent until 2020. It was necessary to replace the closures while at the same time taking into account the latest requirements of DIN Stahlwasserbau. This resulted in new loads for the bearing structures…

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Mittellandkanal (MLK)

Within the Hanover-Magdeburg-Berlin waterway link (German Unity Transport Project No. 17), the approx. 80 km long eastern section of the Mittelland Canal is being upgraded for modern and efficient inland navigation in accordance with European standards (large motor vessels up to 110 m long and pushed convoys up to 185 m long with a width of up to 11.45 m and a draught of up to 2.80 m).

Client: Wa…

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Weserschleuse Dörverden

The Dörverden lock system is located on the Middle Weser in the lock canal at km 2+000 and consists of a large towed train lock built in 1910 and commissioned in 1912 and an additional small lock that was commissioned in 1938. Due to the need for year-round navigability, it had to be replaced by a new construction.

Client: ARGE Ingenieurbau Schleuse Dörverden

Processing period: 2008 – 2016


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Niedrigwasserschleuse Magdeburg

A lock with a pumping station was built in the southern section of the Rothensee connecting canal (km 323+600 to 325+000) to the Elbe to connect the Magdeburg harbours to the Mittelland Canal all year round, which is only operated at low Elbe water levels and is open for free passage at higher Elbe water levels.

Client: Wasserstraßen-Neubauamt Magdeburg

Processing period: 2008 – 2016

Main data:

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[Translate to English:] Levensauer Hochbrücken über den Nord-Ostsee-Kanal

The nautically very demanding passage was to be improved by rerouting and widening the canal. The aim was to enhance the existing meeting points.

Client: Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Kiel-Holtenau

Processing period: 2012 – 2016

Main data:
Waters: Kiel Canal
Canal width: 141 m
Bottom width: 75 m
Canal depth: 14 m
Authorised ship sizes: Class VIb
Length: 235 m / Width: 32.5 m / Draught: 9.5…

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