Suez Canal is Looking at Expansion After Mega Container Ship Stranded

The Suez Canal authorities are looking to expand the southern part of the waterway. Two weeks ago, a vast container ship ran aground in that part, causing a significant traffic jam on the crucial shipping route.


The Suez Canal Authority chairman says that the purchase of large cranes to unload containers from heights of up to 250 meters is also being considered.

The container ship Ever Given lay right across the Egyptian waterway and was pulled loose by recovery companies over a week ago. The queue of ships at the Suez Canal has now been entirely resolved.

In 2014, the Dutch dredger and maritime service provider Boskalis, together with other dredging companies, was awarded a $ 1.5 billion order to widen and deepen parts of the Suez Canal. It also involved constructing a new 50-kilometer waterway along the existing shipping route so that ships can pass each other at the same time.

This work was completed in 2015. Boskalis subsidiary Smit Salvage was involved in the recovery of the Ever Given.

By the way, traffic in the Suez Canal was somewhat delayed on Tuesday after an oil tanker had to contend with engine problems. Tugboats had to come to the rescue of the tanker Rumford. The engine problems are now over, and the ship is sailing again. Shipping traffic in the Suez Canal has returned to normal.

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