In late March, a huge container ship swept into the Suez Canal and blocked the waterway for days. Now Egypt is concluding – and broadening the channel.
Following the day-long blockade of the Suez Canal by the ravaged tanker “Ever Given”, Egypt is pulling out results in March and expanding part of the shipping route. Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabi announced before the head of state Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday that the southern part of the busy waterway should be expanded and deepened.
The SCA specifically plans to widen the area of 30 kilometers between the city of Suez and the bitter lakes by 40 meters and deepen it to six feet (about 1.8 meters). The extension should be ready in two years at the latest.
In late March, the wreck of the container ship “Ever Give” paralyzed the Suez Canal for several days, causing more than 400 ships to jam on either side of the waterway.
400-meter-long container ships were swept away by strong winds, causing delays in world trade and supply chains. 193 km is long Suez Canal The shortest shipping route is between Europe and Asia.
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