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Belgium opens world's biggest lock

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 00:45

What is being hailed as the world's biggest lock goes into action at the port of Antwerp in Belgium. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Belgium inaugurated the world's biggest lock at the port of Antwerp on Friday (June 10) in the presence of Belgium's King Philippe. The new lock was under construction for almost five years and took up to a week to fill with water. The port's economic activity will rely heavily on the ability of large cargo ships to reach the docks behind the lock. During the opening ceremony, King Philippe and other officials pressed buttons to open the lock for the first time. A 34,000 tonne container ship, the Grande Lagos, made its way out of the port through the lock. The new structure is 500 metres (1,640 feet) long, 68 metres (223 feet) wide and 18 metres (59 feet), deep allowing container vessels to fit easily. Antwerp is Europe's second busiest port, handling millions of tonnes of cargo annually.

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Belgium opens world's biggest lock

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 00:45