Turkey builds new channel to relieve the Bosporus Strait

A new 28 nautical mile channel will help reduce the dense ship traffic through the Bosporus Strait, and the channel will be Turkey's most expensive construction project to date.

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Turkey will later this year begin the work to establish a new channel aimed at reducing ship traffic in the Bosporus Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.

The strait is one of the most trafficked waterways in the world, and more than 42,000 ships sailed through the strait in 2016. In comparison, around 17,000 ships transited the Suez Canal in the same year, reports Reuters.

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