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Binnen 4

Binnengewässer Elbe & Kanalverbindungen

Date of last notice: 19.07.2021

These nautical notices serve to provide additional information, especially for short-term notices, and do not replace the necessary up-to-date paper charts on board. The information is specially tailored to the content in NV nautical charts.

The former harbour entrance to the Hitzacker marina is silted up. The harbour can only be reached via the branch canal at Km 523.
Notice valid: 15.07.2021 until 31.07.2021
For the removal of approach damage, the entire pleasure craft mooring in Bad Bevensen (usable length approx. 160 m, of which approx. 120 m in the turning basin; ESK-km 79.53-79.66)
will be closed from 20.05.2021 until presumably the end of July 2021

Shipping is instructed to pass the hydraulic construction site at ESK-km 79.6 with special caution.

L 43.4 m / W 5.3 m / Stroke 2.0 m

Automatic self-service lock

Remote monitoring centre Parchim Tel: +49 3871 451759

Last request for automatic locks at 19.30 Uhr


Corona conditional restrictions on lock operating hours: daily 09:00 - 17:00


Normal operating hours

01.01. - 31.03. no operation

01.04. - 30.09. 09:00 - 19:30

01.10. - 31.10. 09:00 - 17:30

01.11. - 30.11. 09:00 - 15:30

01.12. - 31.12. no operation


Longer waiting times are possible between 12 noon and 1 pm.

At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys consisting of several vessels are assembled in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to a break in the journey, please inform the lock staff. The zHG on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3,5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8,5) 31 minutes.
Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) -  Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.
Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) -  Behlendorf (ELK-km 16.5) 19 minutes.
Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.
Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) -  Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.
Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.

The operating hours of the locks are as follows:

From 01.04.-31.10.:

Mo. from 07.00-18.45

Thu.-.Sat. from 06.00-21.00

Sun. from 08.00-17.45

From 01.11.-31.03:

Mo. from 07.00-18.45

Thu.-.Sat. from 06.00-20.00

Sun. from 08.00-14.45

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or tel. - Numbers to reach:

Lauenburg lock - channel 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - channel 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Thunder lock - channel 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-.18

Berkenthin Lock - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse Lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau Lock - Channel 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


L 41.8 m / W 5.4 m / Stroke 2.1m

Automatic self-service lock

Remote monitoring center Tel.: +49 3871 451759

Last request for automatic locks at 19.30 clock


Corona conditional restrictions on lock operating hours: daily 09:00 - 17:00


Normal operating hours

01.01. - 31.03. no operation

01.04. - 30.09. 09:00 - 19:30

01.10. - 31.10. 09:00 - 17:30

01.11. - 30.11. 09:00 - 15:30

01.12. - 31.12. no operation


Longer waiting times are possible between 12 noon and 1 pm.

Clearance height closed at SZ 2,1 m / B 5,3 m
(will be opened with the lock if required).
Lock Dömitz: L 50.0 m / W 9 m / Stroke 1.5 - 2.9 m
(The lifting height depends on the Elbe water level)
Tel. +49 38758 22725

Corona conditional restrictions on lock operating times: daily 09:00 - 17:00

Normal operating times
01.01 - 31/03 no operation
01/04 - 30/09 09:00 - 19:30
01/10 - 31/10 09:00 - 17:30
01/11 - 30/11 09:00 - 15:30
01/12 - 31/12 no operation

Longer waits are possible between 12pm and 1pm.
L 41.8 m / W 5.4 m / Stroke 2.1 m
Automatic self-service lock (without staff).
Remote monitoring center Parchim Tel. +49 3871 451759
Last request for automatic locks at 19.30 clock

Corona conditional restrictions on lock operating hours: daily 09:00 - 17:00

Normal operating hours:
01.01 - 31/03 no operation
01/04 - 30/09 09:00 - 19:30
01/10 - 31/10 09:00 - 17:30
01/11 - 30/11 09:00 - 15:30
01/12 - 31/12 no operation

Longer waits are possible between 12pm and 1pm.

At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys of several vessels are formed in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to an interruption in your journey, please inform the lock staff. The speed limit on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3.5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) 31 minutes.

Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) - Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.

Berkenthin (ELK-km 13,4) - Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) 19 minutes.

Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.

Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) - Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.

Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.


The operating times of the locks are as follows:

01.04.-31.10.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-21.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-17.45 hrs.

From 01.11.-31.03.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-20.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-14.45 hrs.

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or telephone numbers:

Lauenburg lock - canal 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - canal 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Donnerschleuse lock - canal 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-18

Lock Berkenthin - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau lock - canal 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys of several vessels are formed in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to an interruption in your journey, please inform the lock staff. The speed limit on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3.5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) 31 minutes.

Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) - Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.

Berkenthin (ELK-km 13,4) - Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) 19 minutes.

Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.

Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) - Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.

Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.


The operating times of the locks are as follows:

01.04.-31.10.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-21.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-17.45 hrs.

From 01.11.-31.03.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-20.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-14.45 hrs.

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or telephone numbers:

Lauenburg lock - canal 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - canal 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Donnerschleuse lock - canal 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-18

Lock Berkenthin - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau lock - canal 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys of several vessels are formed in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to an interruption in your journey, please inform the lock staff. The speed limit on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3.5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) 31 minutes.

Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) - Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.

Berkenthin (ELK-km 13,4) - Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) 19 minutes.

Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.

Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) - Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.

Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.


The operating times of the locks are as follows:

01.04.-31.10.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-21.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-17.45 hrs.

From 01.11.-31.03.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-20.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-14.45 hrs.

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or telephone numbers:

Lauenburg lock - canal 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - canal 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Donnerschleuse lock - canal 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-18

Lock Berkenthin - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau lock - canal 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys of several vessels are formed in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to an interruption in your journey, please inform the lock staff. The speed limit on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3.5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) 31 minutes.

Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) - Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.

Berkenthin (ELK-km 13,4) - Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) 19 minutes.

Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.

Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) - Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.

Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.


The operating times of the locks are as follows:

01.04.-31.10.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-21.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-17.45 hrs.

From 01.11.-31.03.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-20.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-14.45 hrs.

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or telephone numbers:

Lauenburg lock - canal 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - canal 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Donnerschleuse lock - canal 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-18

Lock Berkenthin - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau lock - canal 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys of several vessels are formed in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to an interruption in your journey, please inform the lock staff. The speed limit on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3.5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) 31 minutes.

Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) - Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.

Berkenthin (ELK-km 13,4) - Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) 19 minutes.

Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.

Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) - Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.

Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.


The operating times of the locks are as follows:

01.04.-31.10.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-21.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-17.45 hrs.

From 01.11.-31.03.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-20.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-14.45 hrs.

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or telephone numbers:

Lauenburg lock - canal 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - canal 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Donnerschleuse lock - canal 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-18

Lock Berkenthin - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau lock - canal 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


At the Lauenburg and Büssau entrance locks, convoys of several vessels are formed in order to avoid individual clearance in the locks. Priority is given to commercial shipping. Waiting times of up to 2 hours may occur. If you wish to leave the convoy due to an interruption in your journey, please inform the lock staff. The speed limit on the entire canal is 10 km/h.

The travel times between the locks at 10 km/h are:

Büssau (ELK-km 3.5) - Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) 31 minutes.

Krummesse (ELK-km 8.5) - Berkenthin (ELK-km 13.4) 29 minutes.

Berkenthin (ELK-km 13,4) - Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) 19 minutes.

Behlendorf (ELK-km 16,5) - Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) 25 minutes.

Donnerschleuse (ELK-km 20,6) - Witzeeze (ELK-km 50,5) 3 hours.

Witzeeze (ELK-km 50.5) - Lauenburg (ELK-km 60.2) 57 minutes.


The operating times of the locks are as follows:

01.04.-31.10.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-21.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-17.45 hrs.

From 01.11.-31.03.:

Mon. from 07.00-18.45 hrs.

Tues.-Sat. from 06.00-20.00 hrs.

Sun. from 08.00-14.45 hrs.

The locks can be reached via the following radio channels or telephone numbers:

Lauenburg lock - canal 22 - 04153/5973-11

Witzeeze lock - canal 79 - 04155/5891 or 04542/84406-24

Donnerschleuse lock - canal 79 - 04543/1431 or 04542/84406-20

Behlendorf lock - no radio - 04544/1804 or 04542/84406-18

Lock Berkenthin - no radio - 04544/1836 or 04542/84406-16

Krummesse lock - no radio - 04508/1886 or 04542/84406-14

Büssau lock - canal 78 - 0451/51253 or 04542/84406-12


The closure of the west trough at the Lüneburg Ship's Hoist, which has been in place since 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, as part of the basic maintenance work, will be extended until the end of April 2022 as things stand at present.

The east trough will be closed for ongoing maintenance and repair work whenever possible on Mondays and Tuesdays from 07:30 to 11:30. Plannable measures that require a continuous eight-hour closure will always be carried out on Mondays from 07:30 to 15:30, if possible. In these cases, no closures are scheduled on Tuesdays. Notification of weekly closures will be made via NIF and ELWIS.

Affected NV nautical charts: NV Inland4 p.64

Status: 25.05.2021