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The widening of the Suez Canal begins

Widening of Suez Canal

The southern section of the Suez Canal has begun dredging operations to widen this section of the channel and make it capable of two-way navigation. (Reuters)

Egyptian President Sisi approved the plan for widening the southern section of the Suez Canal. The plan is expected to be completed within two years. The completion of the plan will help shorten the time required for ships to pass through the canal

The southern section of the Suez Canal has begun dredging operations to widen the section of the channel and make it capable of two-way navigation.

The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Rabiet, issued a statement on Saturday (May 15) that the plan for widening the southern section of the Suez Canal will be carried out in phases. The completion of the plan will help shorten the time required for ships to pass through the canal, improve navigation efficiency, and enhance navigation safety.

On the 11th of this month, Egyptian President Sisi approved the plan for widening the southern section of the Suez Canal. The plan mainly covers about 30 kilometers of the Suez Canal from the Suez City to the Great Bitter Lake. It will be widened by 40 meters on the previous basis, with a maximum depth. Deepen from about 20 meters to about 22 meters. The plan is expected to be completed within two years.

The Suez Canal is located at the junction of Europe, Asia and Africa, connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The income from the canal is one of the main sources of Egyptian national fiscal revenue and foreign exchange reserves.

On March 23, the heavy freighter “Longci” flying the Panamanian flag ran aground on the new channel of the Suez Canal, causing a blockage of the channel. After several consecutive days of rescue, the stranded freighter successfully lifted off on March 29. In April, the first large cutter suction dredger purchased by the Suez Canal Authority was delivered to widen the channel of the southern section of the canal.

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