CAIRO: Head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Mohab Mamish said that there is no intention to increase the toll fees for vessels passing through the Suez Canal, Youm7 reported Saturday.
In press conference held Saturday following the first trial operation of the new Suez Canal project ahead of its inauguration ceremony scheduled for August6, Mamish said that increasing the toll fees of the canal is a decision that is not currently considered by SCA.
In an interview with al-Haya satellite channel, Mamish revealed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is to distribute fishing boats on fishermen in governorates nearby the Suez Canal area in the sideline of the inauguration ceremony.
“99 percent of the dredging and drilling process in the New Suez Canal has been completed and dredgers are to be cleared out of the canal’s site this week,” Mamish added.
Three large ships with draft of 66 feet and depth of 24 meters have crossed the canal Saturday during the trial operation which aimed to assure that the depth of the new waterway is suitable for large ships.
The executive agency that manages the new Suez Canal project announced that dredgers have lifted more than 259 million cubic meters of water-saturated sand. Some 23 dredgers out of 45 have finalized their work in the project.