Willebroek Canal

Willebroek Canal

 

(Brussels-Rupel Canal), a navigable canal in Belgium that connects the Senne River, on which Brussels is located, to the Rupel River, a tributary of the lower Scheldt. The canal provides the capital with direct access to the sea. It is 31.9 km long and 6.5 m deep. Constructed in 1561 and reconstructed in 1922, it is navigable for seagoing vessels. Coal, ore, foodstuffs, and agricultural raw materials are the main cargos shipped via the canal. Freight turnover totals 8.8 million tons per km (1965).

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The fair will accommodate the new exhibitors by taking over an extra 660 square metres of the 19th-century Tour & Taxis exhibition hall, the former industrial complex by the Willebroek Canal that has been the event's home since 2004, as well as by reconfiguring the layout and entrance.