The Kiel-Canal (in Germany known as the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal) is the world's busiest artificial waterway - more than 32.000 vessels transitted the Kiel-Canal in 2014.

It is the safest, shortest and the most convenient shipping route between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

An average of 280 nautical miles will be saved by using the Kiel-Canal instead of the way around Skaw.