The Niederfinow Boat Lift is the oldest working boat lift in Germany. The lift overcomes a difference in elevation of 36 metres. Because of the continuing increase in traffic on the Oder-Havel-Kanal, in 1997 it was decided that a new, bigger lift should be built. In the autumn of 2006 earthworks began between the lift and the old staircase locks. The trough is 125.5 metres long and 15 metres wide and weighs 2,785 tonnes (3,070 tons) — and some 9,800 tonnes (10,800 tons) when filled with water. The cost for construction was 285 million euros. The old lift will remain in use until at least 2025.
2002 – 2006
2008 – 2021
Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (WP 1 – 5 acc. to HOAI)
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