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: