130 commercial ships navigate new Suez Canal since inauguration

A cargo ship is seen crossing through the New Suez Canal. (File photo: AP)

A total of 130 commercial ships have used the new canal since its inauguration, according to the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Mohab Mamish.

According to Al Arabiya.net. Mamish said 22 ships sailed along the new section of the canal during the first day, with 26 more in the second.

Mamish also said 28 ships sailed the route on Sunday, 26 on Monday and 28 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the head of the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces said works for the creation of a tunnel under the Suez Canal are still ongoing.

Kamel al-Wazir added that the Egyptian president had personally intervened to speed up the delivery of equipment in order to finish the project in the shortest time.

The project, which is due to facilitate transportation between the Egyptian governorates and the Sinai Peninsula, started last April and is expected to be ready in 2017, Kamel said.

The tunnel, to be built 19 km (12 miles) south of the Canal's northern entrance, will have three passageways, one for rail and two for cars, according to Reuters.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48