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Dortmund-Ems Canal(dôrt`mo͝ont-ĕms), waterway, 165 mi (266 km) long, NW Germany, from Dortmund to Emden. Built from 1892 to 1899, it connects the industrial RuhrRuhr
, region, c.1,300 sq mi (3,370 sq km), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany; a principal manufacturing center of Germany. The Ruhr lies along, and north of, the Ruhr River (145 mi/233 km long), which rises in the hills of central Germany and flows generally west to the
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a canal in the Federal Republic of Germany. It connects the Ruhr industrial region with the North Sea, bypassing the mouth of the Rhine, which is located in the Netherlands. It runs about 270 km from the city of Dortmund on the Emscher River (a tributary of the Rhine) to the Ems River, which has been made into a canal. It was built from 1890 to 1899. It has about 20 locks. After reconstruction in 1950 it was opened to ships with a freight-carrying capacity of up to 1,000 tons. The Dortmund-Ems canal is connected with the Rhine-Herne and Mittelland canals. In 1968 about 50 million tons of freight moved through this canal. The main ports on the canal are Dortmund, Emden, and Münster.