ISMAILIA, Egypt: Adm.Mohab Mamish Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority declared that Traffic runs normally in the Canal, and the last 2 days (Wednesday and Thursday) registered the transit of 100 ships carrying 5.3 million tons. Adm. Mamish called for media to be cautious when dealing with matters related to the Suez Canal Authority, due to its importance for the Egyptian economy and the world trade.
The traffic in the Canal witnessed today the transit of the French aircraft carrier (Charles de Gaulle) through the New Suez Canal. The largest containership that transited the Canal yesterday was “MATZ MAERSK”, one of the largest container ships in the world with a total tonnage of 200,000 tons. It can carry up to 18270 TEUs on board, with the length of 400 meters and beam of 60 meters.
Mamish added that that the continuation of navigation in the canal without stopping, despite the grounding of the Panamanian bulk carrier NEW KATERINA last Thursday 25/2/2016 is a testament for the importance of the New Suez Canal, which is currently used for the transit of all ships from both directions. As for salvage operations, the rescue teams are still working day and night to lighten the cargo and to tow the ship to the nearest repair site to carry out necessary repairs, so as to resume navigation.
The preceding was a press release by the Suez Canal Authority, and does not reflect the editorial policy of The Cairo Post.