Egypt's president urges Suez Canal Authority to accomplish expansion plan in less than 1 year

While attending an inauguration ceremony for a number of projects affiliated to the Suez Canal Authority, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi urged finishing an expansion plan in less than one year.

In his speech, Chairman of Suez Canal Authority Admiral Osama Rabie highlighted digging parallel passages from the 132nd kilometer to the 162nd kilometer lying in the southern section of the international waterway near the Suez Gulf, and from the 122nd kilometer to the 132nd kilometer located in the Bitter Lakes. The parallel passages will be on the western side of the Canal.

Those to be added to the parallel Suez Canal introduced in 2015 extending over 72 kilometers. Similarly, the authority is also enlarging the depth from 127 meters to 172 meters.

Furthermore, upgrade works are underway to modernize operations at the authority. Those include introducing 16 digital observation centers. One of them entered inaugurated Tuesday. Also, The Suez Canal Authority purchased three boats that mitigate the environmental impact of the ships crossing, and they will enter service in May 2021, Rabie stated.

In a similar context, the Suez Canal chairman commended the tunnels and floating bridges launched – upon the directives of the president - earlier to connect the banks of the Suez Canal together making the duration of crossing of vehicles and people only 15 minutes.

Source: Egypt Today

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