January 2, 2019
Admiral Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal economic zone stated that the Canals traffic movement recorded on Wednesday is the second highest record in the Canals history; while the number of container vessels passing in both directions is 72 vessels with a total load of 5.1 million tons.
The total number of vessels passing through the north side was 33 vessels with a total load of 2 million tons, while 39 vessels passed through the south side of the Canal with a total load of 3.1 million tons.
The Canal also witnessed the passage of 12 large vessels with loads exceeding 150 thousand tons per vessel, which is the first of its kind. The record is the clear indication of the success of the political leadership and the Suez Canal Authority’s vision in addressing world trade changes . Another 7 large vessels passed the range of 100 to 150 thousand tons per vessel.
The giant Panamanian vessel, MSC SVEVA, has taken the lead with a load of 196 thousand tons heading from Morocco towards Oman. The Danish vessel, MILAN MAERSK, topped the south convoy with a load of 221 thousand tons and is considered one of the largest vessels in the world on its journey from Malaysia to Netherlands.
Admiral Mohab Mameesh assured that the good news comes concurrently with the New Year’s celebrations in Egypt and all around the world. The data is confirmed by unprecedented records recorded by the Canals daily traffic in terms of numbers and loads of transiting vessels, which is reflected in the Canals increased revenues. The records prove undoubtedly the technical and financial quality of the new Suez Canal and its importance in world trade to unquestionably state, as promised by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, that the Canal is “Egypt’s gift to the world and a source of everlasting development of our beloved Egypt”.
Admiral Mohab Mameesh added that the Suez Canal Authority, thanks to continuous development of the navigation and the flexible marketing policies, managed to handle the variables changes of Maritime Transport Sector with the uttermost professionalism and flexibility, particularly enhancing the canals capacity to receive the current and future generations of the World Fleet Line.