In 1990, a ship lift facility in the vicinity of the lock staircase was built. With this lift, the so-called Wasserkeil, ships can quickly overcome the height difference.
Béziers is a town in Languedoc in the southwest of France. It is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Hérault department. The town is located on a small bluff above the river Orb, about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the Mediterranean Sea. At Béziers the Canal du Midi spans the river Orb as an aqueduct called the Pont-canal de l'Orb. claimed to be the first of its kind.