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A waterway for freight vessels

Liaison Dunkerque - Escaut, Grand Gabarit | Waterways in France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 189 km
Number of locks: 14
Lock dimensions: 144.60 x 12
Max. depth: 2.5
Max. headroom: 4.50
Degree of difficulty: Very demanding
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de Roubaix | French Canal
Canal du Nord | French Canal
River Deûle & Bauvin | France
River Lys (Leie) | France

This waterway is of no interest for tourism. It is heavily frequented by huge commercial vessels and is the most northern stretch of the link Paris – Dunkirk and the Channel.

The following stretches make part of this connection:

-    Canal de la Haute Colme, Dunkirk to Watten
-    Canalized Aa from Watten to Saint Omer
-    Canal de Neuffossée Saint Omer to Aire-sur-Lys
-    Canal d’Aire from Aire-sur-Lys to the mouth of River Deûle at km 55
-    Canal de la Deûle to Douai
-    Douai to Paillencourt on Canal de la Sencée
-    This one than flows into L’Escaut, coming from the south and the Canal Saint Quentin, crossing then the southeast of Belgium and continuing as Schelde to the North Sea.