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01/02/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/02/2024 11:47

Mo i Rana increases quay depth to enable larger cruiseships to call

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - 18:39 by ce-press

Mo i Rana is working with the Norwegian government on a plan to dredge 300m-long Toraneskaia, which will increase the depth from 6.5m to about 9.5m/10m at at cost of NKr 114 million (€10.1 million).

Oystein Lorentzen, financial manager Mo i Rana Havn, says: "There has been a lot of pollution from the old coke plant in Rana. Hence the dredging project is an environmental dredging and will be paid for by the state."

Mo i Rana is only one hour's bus ride to the Arctic Circle and has plenty to offer passengers ranging from limestone caves to the Nordland railway line to 19th century wooden houses and the 11m high Man from the Sea sculpture and Science Centre.

In 2023 there were two calls bringing 1,100 passengers with one called (604 passengers) expected in 2024. "After the dredging is completed we hope to have two to four ships a year," says Lorentzen but a limit of 1,000 to 2,000 passenger per day has been put in place.