KIEL CANAL: GERMAN PARLIAMENT’S BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVES FINANCING OF ‘EASTERN SECTION’ MODIFICATION; INITIATIVE KIEL-CANAL CALLS DECISION “SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS”

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Initiative Kiel-Canal e.V. appreciates the Budget Committee’s decision to approve financing for a modification of Kiel Canal’s ‘Eastern Section’ between Kiel-Holtenau and Königsförde Siding. “This decision is of major importance and brings substantial progress to the so much needed upgrade of the world’s busiest artificial waterway”, commented Jens Broder Knudsen, Chairman of Initiative Kiel-Canal. According to Knudsen, the Budget Committee’s approval and incidental inclusion of the project in the federal budget was an important precondition to make EU funding available to the modification.

In contrast to the remaining part of Kiel-Canal, the 20 kilometres long ‘Eastern Section’ still reflects the Canal’s condition at the beginning of World War I. With narrow curves as well as a width of just 44 metres at the bottom and 102.50 metres on waterline it constitutes an important bottleneck: Only small vessels can pass each other anywhere, while encounters of larger vessels have to take place in the sidings. This procedure is difficult to plan and often causes delays as well as extended Canal transit times. “The alignment of the ‘Eastern Section’ to the remaining Canal is absolutely essential to ensure continued attractiveness and competitiveness of Kiel Canal in the future”, Jens B. Knudsen stresses.

Knudsen called on German politics and the competent authorities to institute preparations for construction work at the locks and at the ‘Eastern Section’ as soon as possible. According to Initiative Kiel-Canal e.V., additional staff is essential to conduct these tasks. “The competent authorities particularly need a sufficient pool of engineers and technicians”, Jens B. Knudsen said, “we therefore appreciate the recent decision to increase the technical and planning personnel involved with the upgrade of Kiel Canal”.

According to Knudsen, the future development of Kiel Canal is highly relevant for value creation and employment all over Germany. As a shortcut to the prospering Baltic region, Kiel Canal is also vitally important for the competitiveness of Germany’s major seaports. The country’s highly export-dependent economy is, in turn, reliant on the efficiency and linking-up of the national ports.

Initiative Kiel-Canal e.V. appreciates the Budget Committee’s decision to approve financing for a modification of Kiel Canal’s ‘Eastern Section’ between Kiel-Holtenau and Königsförde Siding. “This decision is of major importance and brings substantial progress to the so much needed upgrade of the world’s busiest artificial waterway”, commented Jens Broder Knudsen, Chairman of Initiative Kiel-Canal. According to Knudsen, the Budget Committee’s approval and incidental inclusion of the project in the federal budget was an important precondition to make EU funding available to the modification.

In contrast to the remaining part of Kiel-Canal, the 20 kilometres long ‘Eastern Section’ still reflects the Canal’s condition at the beginning of World War I. With narrow curves as well as a width of just 44 metres at the bottom and 102.50 metres on waterline it constitutes an important bottleneck: Only small vessels can pass each other anywhere, while encounters of larger vessels have to take place in the sidings. This procedure is difficult to plan and often causes delays as well as extended Canal transit times. “The alignment of the ‘Eastern Section’ to the remaining Canal is absolutely essential to ensure continued attractiveness and competitiveness of Kiel Canal in the future”, Jens B. Knudsen stresses.

Knudsen called on German politics and the competent authorities to institute preparations for construction work at the locks and at the ‘Eastern Section’ as soon as possible. According to Initiative Kiel-Canal e.V., additional staff is essential to conduct these tasks. “The competent authorities particularly need a sufficient pool of engineers and technicians”, Jens B. Knudsen said, “we therefore appreciate the recent decision to increase the technical and planning personnel involved with the upgrade of Kiel Canal”.

According to Knudsen, the future development of Kiel Canal is highly relevant for value creation and employment all over Germany. As a shortcut to the prospering Baltic region, Kiel Canal is also vitally important for the competitiveness of Germany’s major seaports. The country’s highly export-dependent economy is, in turn, reliant on the efficiency and linking-up of the national ports.