Navigation: Locks and Canals

Locks and ship elevators make many waterways economically useful. Whether inland or for the connection between seas and oceans, whether for modernizations or new constructions, largescale projects, or single locks: Work together with the world’s most successful system partner for automation of lock systems. Profit from our experience and proven plug & play system solutions.

Lock chambers and water saving basins conserving the environment

The principle of water saving basins, developed in Germany with the collaboration of Van Halteren Technologies, is being applied in increasing numbers of large-scale projects.

  • Lock chambers are connected to the water saving basins by communicating pipes.
  • Ships are raised by Van Halteren Technologies drives opening corresponding feed pipes
  • Water from the saving basins gravity filling the lock chambers
  • The water flows back into the basins once lock operation has finished
  • Flap gate drive cylinder

Despite considerably larger lock chambers, the saving technology reduces fresh water consumption by seven percent compared to the existing locks, thereby sustainable relieving the regional water balance.


In addition to the space-saving, compact design of hydraulic drives, electrohydraulics are also providing considerable saving potentials to system operators with regard to maintenance and repairs. Furthermore Navigation enables to operate waterways more efficiently with the latest technology.

Panama Canal

Engineering partner for large-scale projects

Modernization of the Panama Canal is a once-in-a-lifetime project. As the engineering partner for automation, Van Halteren Technologies have taken on the project planning, design, coordination, installation, and startup.


We do this by bundling our resources as a global player. Specialists from different industries and technologies and from several continents are working closely together with their fellow experts on site. This means we relieve a considerable amount of strain from the client.