Locked Out Disrepair Forces Closure of Vital Shipping Lane

The Kiel Canal, one of Europe's most vital shipping lanes, was shut down this week when two neglected locks broke down. The closure threatens to cause major disruption to shipping in Northern Europe, but Germany's Transport Ministry has promised rapid repairs.
Repair work has begun on two broken locks that are part of a shortcut between the North and Baltic Seas that reduces ships' roundtrip travel distance by some 900 kilometers.

Repair work has begun on two broken locks that are part of a shortcut between the North and Baltic Seas that reduces ships' roundtrip travel distance by some 900 kilometers.

Foto: Axel Heimken/ dpa
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