A ship sails through the Suez Canal, moving again after a container ship that blocked a waterway was floated, Egypt, on March 30, 2021. REUTERS / Ahmed Fahmy
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has begun dredging to widen a second lane that will allow two-way traffic in the southern end of the canal near where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March, the agency said on Saturday.
SCA announced this week that it plans to extend the second lane, which opened in 2015, by 10 km to make it 82 km long, and to widen and deepen one lane at the southern end of the canal. read more
Work began in accordance with a directive from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “to begin immediately with the proposed development plan and schedule for early completion,” the SCA said on Saturday.
The 440-meter container ship Ever Given ran aground on the southern section of the canal on March 23-29, delaying hundreds of ships along the waterway, disrupting global trade.
Ever Given, still loaded with thousands of containers, sits in Bolshoy Bitter Lake between two sections of the canal amid a dispute over SCA’s compensation claim against Japanese ship owner Shoi Kisen.
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