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LICENSED KIEL-CANAL AGENTS
UCA United Canal Agency GmbH is your shipping agency at the Kiel-Canal – the most frequented artificial waterway in the world.
We attend to vessels as fully licensed Kiel-Canal agents and as port agents in the related ports – Kiel, Rendsburg and Brunsbüttel.
UCA operates from both ends of the Kiel-Canal with offices in Kiel-Holtenau and Brunsbüttel, employing a staff of more than 60 persons.
WE OFFER YOU A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES 24 HOURS A DAY/365 DAYS A YEAR:
ON REQUEST WE ARRANGE THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES:
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THE KIEL-CANAL IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
The 43 km Eiderkanal was completed in 1784 and was part of a 175 km waterway from Kiel to the Eider mouth at Tönning at the west coast. It was rather narrow and only 29m wide at the surface, the water depth was 3m.
On 3rd June 1887 the Emperor Wilhelm I. laid the foundation stone in Holtenau near Kiel. It took eight years to build the Kiel-Canal. Up to 8.900 workers were employed in the project.
In the early hours of the 20th June 1895 the German imperial yacht ‚Hohenzollern‘ – on board the Emperor Wilhelm II. – slipped into the lock at Brunsbüttel, shortly afterwards cut a ribbon and officially opened the new waterway transitting to Holtenau.
In order to meet the increasing traffic and of course also the expanding German naval interests, the canal’s cross-section was considerably increased between 1907 and 1914. The enlargement projects were completed by the installation of each two larger locks in Brunsbüttel and Holtenau.
On 20st June 1995 the 100th anniversary of the Kiel-Canal was celebrated. The highlight of the celebrations was again a convoy of ships travelling from Brunsbüttel to Holtenau now led by the German sail training ship ‘Gorch Fock’.