Seventy Ships and 4m Tons Pass Through Suez Canal

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On Monday, a record number of 70 ships passed through the Suez Canal, without waiting, in both directions, ferrying a total of 4m tons.  A total of 34 ships passed from the North and 36 from the South through the canal’s new stream.  The average daily tonnage is 2.8m-3m tons.

Mohab Mamish, Suez Canal Authority Chairman, said “This noticeable increase in the numbers and tonnage of ships reflects the importance of establishing the new Suez Canal to increase the Canal’s capability of receiving the expected increase in world trade passing through the Suez Canal.”

The giant Danish container ship ‘Mathilde Maersk’ is one of the largest containerships in the world, capable of carrying up to 18,270 containers.  It is the largest vessel to pass through the Suez Canal from the North, with a tonnage of 200,000 tons.  It is heading to Saudi Arabia from Belgium.  Barzan, sailing under the Maltese flag and carrying 200,000 tons is the largest vessel to pass through the Canal from the south.  It is heading towards Spain from Malaysia.

Source: Daily News Egypt

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