01.06.2021 – 12:09
In March, the merchant ship Ever Given crashed into the Suez Canal, blocking the passage of other ships for six days.
In an effort to avoid a recurrence of the incident, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced that it had begun cleaning work to widen and deepen the southern part of the canal, where “Ever Given” remained blocked.
The 30-kilometer-long area will expand by 40 meters to the east and deepen to 72 meters, from the current 66 meters, according to the SCA. The plan aims to “avoid blocking ships, shorten their voyage time, and increase navigation safety,” a SCA official told the press.