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Canal & The Society

The Suez Canal ’s role is not confined to servicing the world trade. It goes beyond that to serve the Canal Zone community ...

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Suez Canal Future Plans

Suez Canal Authority has completed its planned phase to increase the Canal permissible draft to 66 ft at January 2010.

This enables the Canal to accommodate the following percentages of the fully loaded vessels:

62.6 % Of the Tanker Fleet

96.8 % Of the Bulk Carrier Fleet

100 % Of the Container Ships & Other Ships

Suez Canal authority is running now a project to increase the depth of western channels of the Suez Canal from 48ft to 52 ft. This project will allow giant containerships heading south to pass through these channels and reduce its total transit time.

Another project is to improve and widening of anchorage areas in Great Bitter lake and constructing emergency garage at the tips of western channels to be used by giant ships.

These projects are executed by the Suez Canal fleet of dredgers.

Suez Canal Authority is conducting feasibility studies to improve services offered to its customers and to attract more ships. These studies include:

  • Increase the depth of current bypasses, dredging new bypasses to increase the doubled parts of Suez Canal to increase the capacity of Suez Canal and reduce transit time.
  • Different scenarios for future plans either by increasing the allowed draft of ships or doubling Suez Canal are being studied to evaluate the feasibility of these projects.


Canal History
13th century BCE

13th century BCE, A canal is constructed between the Nile Delta and the Red Sea. For the following centuries, the canal was only partially maintained...


1854, By a French initiative, the viceroy of Egypt, Said Pasha, decides for a project to build a canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea...


1858, La Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez is formed to construct the canal.

17 Nov 1869

17 Nov 1869, With great splendour, the canal is opened for navigation. Dimensions were 22 metre in bottom width, 58 metre in surface width, and a depth of 8 metres...

2 Mar 1888

2 Mar 1888, The Convention of Constantinople guaranteed right of passage of all ships through the Suez Canal during war and peace...

13 Jun 1956

13 Jun 1956, Suez Canal Zone restored to Egypt.
26 Jul 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal.

5 Jun 1975

5 Jun 1975, Suez Canal reopened...

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Egypt Gate

Egyptian Official Sites

Tourism Information

Places, directions, travel co. and more.

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