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OISE (wahz)

River of southern Belgium and northern France

Common clues: Seine feeder; River near Paris; French river; River near Chantilly; Seine tributary; French flower

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Video: Auver: a small town on the Oise River

The Oise river is a tributary of the Seine River. Its length is 302 km in Belgium and France. Its source is in the Belgian province Hainaut, south of the town Chimay. It crosses the border with France after approx. 20 km. It flows into the Seine in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris. Its main tributary is the river Aisne.

Boats on the Oise, Charles-Francois Daubigny, 1865

The Oise played an important role in inland shipping for the past centuries already. The importance of the river as an inland waterway will increase greatly with the construction of the "Seine-Nord" waterway, a projected high capacity link between the Oise at Janville and the high capacity canal system in the North of France. Seine-Nord must replace the old Canal de Saint Quentin and the current Canal du Nord, of which the capacity is far below standards. When the new Seine Nord connection will be ready, it will allow large vessels to transport goods between the Seine river (and the Paris area) and the ports of Dunkerque, Antwerp and Rotterdam, or further into any part of Europe.

Even nowadays the Oise river is canalized to accommodate large vessels, but draught and headroom under bridges limit the capacity. The seven locks in the Oise (plus the two in the Oise lateral canal) allow vessels of 110 by 11,45 meters to navigate the entire river and the lateral canal to Pont l'Évêque where it joins the Canal du Nord. Further upstream from Pont l'Évêque, the lateral canal has a capacity which is limited to the Freycinet standard (38 by 5 meters).

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