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The Hartel Barrier is the most important and impressive element in the Europort Barrier. The movable barrier consists of large elliptical gates suspended between oval towers. The water is held back by lowering the gates.

A special feature of the barrier is the fact that the water can cascade over the barrier. This means that the gates are located in an area of high and variable current. A difficult question for the designers was to achieve calm hydrodynamic behaviour of the gates (in order to keep vibration, turbulence and oscillating currents within acceptable limits).