RWS is creating the largest sea lock in the world, and AT Osborne is helping them to do so. In a few years’ time, there will be a lock at IJmuiden which is a full 500 metres long, 70 metres wide and 18 metres deep, to allow the world’s largest cruise ships to travel to Amsterdam via the North Sea Canal. By building a new sea lock, the Amsterdam port area will retain its international standing. The DBFM contract with the contractor consortium OpenIJ was signed at the end of 2015, following which construction works began on a major scale. The consortium is responsible for the design, installation, financing and maintenance of the new lock.
The new lock will be handed over and commissioned in 2019. AT Osborne has been providing risk management for this project since the end of 2015, on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (RWS). As we provided a clear overview early on of the most important risks, the RWS has been able to better manage the contract with the contractor as well as achieve the project goals.
We worked with the members of the project team in a number of sessions and discussions on keeping the risk register both project-specific and up to date. With various specialists we made it clear which events could threaten the achievement of the project’s goals. For its work, AT Osborne uses a methodology developed by RWS specifically for the contract and risk management of Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) contracts. This allows RWS to manage the risks, with the contractor focusing on the core commitments. This methodology is still being refined now on road projects. AT Osborne has contributed to the development within the methodology of a risk register that is specifically adapted to a lock project. We worked with the members of the project team in a number of sessions and discussions on keeping the risk register both project-specific and up to date. The experience gained on risk management in a DBFM lock project in the implementation phase can be applied to other lock projects within the RWS lock building programme in future.
AT Osborne was selected because of a approach where risk awareness was key, and because of our extensive experience with risk management in DBFM projects, including the A12 Utrecht Lunetten – Veenendaal, A12 Veenendaal – Ede – Grijsoord and A27/A1 Utrecht Noord – Eemnes intersection – Bunschoten-Spakenburg entrance/exit. AT Osborne is proud to be able to make a contribution to this challenging and complex DBFM project. We see it as a challenge to help create the largest lock in the world in a controlled manner!