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,
According to figures released by the German General Directorate for Waterways and Shipping, more than 16,000 vessels carrying a total cargo of nearly 50 million tons passed Kiel Canal in the first half of 2014. The number of transits decreased slightly while traffic on sections to and from ports along the Canal grew by twelve percent.