On this day, together with representatives of the European Commission, CINEA, the Danube Commission and the European Barge Union EBU, representatives of the Ministry of Transport of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, General Contractor Metrostav a.s. and many other honourable guests, we ceremoniously completed the construction works on the Left lock chamber at the Gabčíkovo Waterworks.

Comprehensive tests on the lock have been completed and a trial operation is still underway, which included today’s cruise through the upgraded lock. This project has not yet come to an end. The completion of the trial operation, the protocol acceptance of the work from the contractor and the completion of the approval procedure are what still remain between us and the final milestone. We still have all this to do before the end of 2023.

In January 2024, the Left lock chamber will also be put into full operation, thereby reaching the goal of our unique and ambitious project. The Gabčíkovo Waterworks will once again be able to provide uninterrupted and stable navigation conditions and ensure safe passage through both lock chambers.


Join us for a few shots and reactions:

State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport of the Slovak Republic Ms. Denisa Žiláková, President of the European Inland Waterway Transport Association Ms. Theresia Hacksteiner, Head of Unit at the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) Ms. Lucie Žáčková and Secretary General of the Danube Commission Mr. Manfred Seitz, which were taken during the event.


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Project “Upgrade of Gabčíkovo locks” is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.