The Saimaa Canal provides a direct waterway connection from the sea and inland waterway ports of Central Europe to numerous inland cities in Finland, all the way to Joensuu and Siilinjärvi. The canal is most frequently used by the forest industry of Southeastern Finland, which uses the canal for both the import of raw timber and the export of final products.
In order to strengthen the competitiveness of the area’s export industry, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency drew up a plan to extend the canal locks and raise the water level. The planned improvements allow an increase in the cargo size per vessel. FLOU prepared a feasibility study for the plan.
More information (in Finnish): https://julkaisut.vayla.fi/pdf12/vj_2020-31_saimaan_kanavan_web.pdf