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Kiel Canal

canal in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein
High canal bridge in Rendsburg

The Kiel Canal is a waterway in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The canal connects the North Sea from the River Elbe to the Baltic Sea at Kiel.[1] The Canal is about 100 kilometres (62 mi) long.[1] The canal was first opened to traffic on 19 June 1895.[2] It was then improved to allow the largest warships to pass through. The formal reopening of the improved canal was on June 24, 1914.[2] The Kiel Canal is the busiest artificial waterway for seagoing ships worldwide. In 2014, 32,600 ships passed through the waterway.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Christian Wüst (6 June 2013). "Risky Renovations: Kiel Canal Overhaul Threatens Hamburg Port". Spiegel Online International. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kaiser Wilhelm Canal / Kiel Canal". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. "More canal cash as delays raise hackles". Maritime Journal. 23 Oct 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

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