The West Coast Norwegian port of Mo i Rana is working with the Norwegian Government on a plan to dredge the 300 m-long Toraneskaia at a cost of NKr114 mill (€10.1 mill).
This will increase its depth from 6.5 m to about 9.5 m/10 m.
Oystein Lorentzen, Mo i Rana Havn Financial Manager, said: “There has been a lot of pollution from the old coke plant in Rana. Hence, the dredging project is environmental dredging and will be paid for by the state.”
Mo i Rana is only an 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 11 m high Man from the Sea sculpture and Science Centre.
Last year, there were two calls bringing 1,100 pax with one call (604 pax) expected in 2024.
“After the dredging is completed we hope to have two to four ships a year,” said Lorentzen.
A limit of 1,000 to 2,000 pax per day has been put in place. (Story courtesy of Cruise Europe).