CAIRO: The MSC Oliver, the world’s second largest container ship, will cross the Suez Canal waterway Saturday in its first journey from China to Europe, according to Youm7.
The Panamanian vessel’s tonnage amounts to 193,000, at 496 meters long and 59 meters wide. It was manufactured at the beginning of 2015 and will make its first voyage Saturday.
The canal also received earlier Saturday morning an English container ship, which ranks third in the world regarding its size; its tonnage comes in at 180,000, at 400 meters long and 54 meters wide. The ship, which belongs to CMA CMG Company, paid transit fees of $1,200,000 for its first voyage in the canal.
The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Mohab Mamish, traditionally greets the crew of the vessels that pass in the canal for the first time and honors them with memorial shields, as part of a traditional practice.
In February 2015, the giant Panamanian container ship MSC Oscar crossed the waterway of the Suez Canal.
Egypt’s Suez Canal also received the large Danish Vessel Maersk McKinney Moller in 2013.
A second waterway in the Suez Canal is set to be inaugurated in August 2015, which will enable ships to sail in both directions at the same time and speed up transit times.
The establishing of the new canal branch is a multi-billion national project that aims to boost annual revenues of the canal to $13.5 billion by 2023.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Awad and Gamal Heragy