The Northseacanal connects the port of Amsterdam with Ijmuiden and is one of the most intensely used canals in Holland.
Three shots of ship passing through Northseacanal
Pan from left to right near Velsen of the activity of the ferryboat to waiting trucks.
Pan up from waiting truck to passing ship.
Pan from car to passing ship.
Car going on the ferryboat. Ship passing
Ship leaving the picture, at right a waiting ferryboat. ......
To finish this harmful situation a complete brandnew roadsystem, leading to a supermodern tunnels system is built for roadtraffic and railway traffic.......
Longshot new traffic road landing to the tunnel
The new railway track leading to the tunnel
The entrance of the traffic tunnel with ship passing in the background.
Same, more c.u. of entrance
At the beginning of the tunnel daylight enters from above. In the background the towers of the airconditioning system. Two shots.
In the beginning of the tunnel pan down from entering daylight to inside of tunnel.
Different shots of the tunnel and the illumination with fluorescent tubes. Tube luminiscent)
At both sides of the canals are the towers of the airconditioning system. Pan from left to right. Passing ship.
Pan from left to right of tower of airconditioning. Modern architecture)
The airconditioning building, other side of canal. Part of ship passing.
Next Saturday 28th Sept. the tunnel will be officially opened by H.M. the Queen
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Background: The Northseacanal connects the port of Amsterdam with Ijmuiden and is one of the most intensely used canals in Holland. Although the canal is not wide it is very deep because the big liners and transport ships starting from Amsterdam pass this canal on their traps all over the world.
For the ships there are no obstacles on their way to the sea but the existence of the canal creates the problem for the roadtraffic that has to cross this canal. At Velsen, near Ijmuiden there are ferryboats that take all roadtraffic to the other side of the canal 1/2 The growing heavy industry around Velsen and Ijmuiden increased the traffic that had to use the ferryboats considerably. To cross the Northsea canal became a problem and the ferryboats became an obstacle that harmed the industry centres across the canal. Hours were lost with waiting...............
The plans for building the Velser Tunnel date back to 1936. In the beginning of the war the work on the tunnel, was started. The Germans stopped it in November 1942 and flooded the trench. After the war they had to start all over again as the plans were out of date and the project had to be enlarged.
In 1952 the actual work started and the Velser Tunnel was finished in September 1957. In the 28th Sept. the tunnel will be officially opened by the Queen.
The costs were 130 million guilders, appr. 13 million pounds, and 350.000 m3 concrete were used. The length of the railway tunnel is underground appr. 1 1/2 mile. There are two car traffic-tunnels, because there is one way traffic.