Wesel–Datteln Canal

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The Wesel–Datteln Canal (German: Wesel-Datteln-Kanal) is a 60-kilometre (37 mi) long canal in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It runs along the northern edge of the Ruhr Area, from the Rhine near Wesel (51°38′21″N 6°36′25″E / 51.63917°N 6.60694°E / 51.63917; 6.60694) to the Dortmund-Ems Canal near Datteln (51°39′45″N 7°21′58″E / 51.66250°N 7.36611°E / 51.66250; 7.36611). It forms an important transport connection between the Lower Rhine and northern and eastern Germany, together with the parallel Rhine-Herne Canal.

Wesel–Datteln Canal
Length60 km (37 mi)
Construction began1915
Date completed1930
Start pointRhine near Wesel, Germany
End pointDortmund-Ems Canal near Datteln, Germany
The lock in Hünxe
Dorsten, bridge across Wesel-Datteln Kanal

Construction of the Wesel–Datteln Canal was started in 1915, and the canal was opened in 1930 (1930). It runs parallel to the river Lippe. The canal has six locks, at Friedrichsfeld, Hünxe, Dorsten, Flaesheim, Ahsen and Datteln. The main ports along the canal are in Marl (Chemiepark Marl and Auguste-Victoria).


Coordinates: 51°39′45″N 7°0′17″E / 51.66250°N 7.00472°E / 51.66250; 7.00472