PM gives green light to navigation through East Port Said shipping lane
Vessels pass through the newly constructed shipping lane of Mediterranean East Port Said Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016. The new 9.5 kilometer-long lane aims to facilitate the international trade navigation from the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal - (YOUM7/ Mohamed Awad)

CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail gave Wednesday evening the green light to maritime navigation through the newly constructed Port Said shipping lane which aims to facilitate international trade navigation from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

Three vessels passed through the new shipping lane Wednesday afternoon.

Giant ships will cross the 9.5 km-long lane without passing through the Suez Canal; it is 18.5 meters deep and 250 meters wide.

The new shipping lane is parallel to east Port Said entrance and aims to allow ships to sail in both directions simultaneously and reduce the waiting time for international vessels passing through the main Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea in both ways.

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