Suez Canal to be widened to avoid repeat of Ever Given blockage
14 MAY, 2021 BY CATHERINE KENNEDY
Plans are progressing to widen and deepen the southern section of the Suez Canal following its blockage by Japanese-owned ship the Ever Given earlier this year.
The plan involves widening the canal’s 30km southern stretch by about 40m to the east, with the section also deepened to 21m.
Suez Canal Authority head Lieutenant General Osama Rabie announced the details in a televised ceremony in the canal’s city Ismailia.
A 10km-long extension of a second lane of the waterway also features in the plan. This would extend the double-lane stretch of the canal to 82km and allow more vessels to pass through.
The expansion is expected to take two years.
The canal is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, transited by 18,000 vessels in 2019.