May 9, 2019
On Thursday Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, witnessed the crossing of the American aircraft carrier “Abraham Lincoln” during his inspection of the Canal’s navigation traffic.
Admiral Mohab Mameesh met Major General Ralph Groover, Chief Defense Officer and Defense Attaché in Cairo, who came specifically to check on the safety of the American aircraft carrier. He expressed his sincere gratitude for the fruitful cooperation with the Suez Canal Authority, praising the efforts exerted to develop the canal’s navigation and the efficiency of the safety procedures that ensure the complete safety of the ships of the world fleet.
Mameesh assured that new Suez Canal project has succeeded in improving the navigational services provided to customers and gained the confidence of the navigational community. The project has strengthened the international position of the Canal as the most important, fastest and shortest shipping route connecting the East and the West. He praised the efficiency of the navigation safety procedures and the brave members of the armed forces and internal security forces in securing the navigation movement of international trade through the Suez Canal and protecting the main installations of the Authority.
The navigation traffic recorded a total of 43 vessels passing from both directions with a total load of 3.2 million tons. 25 vessels passed from the North with a total load of 1.8 million tons, while 18 vessels passed from the South (the new shipping route) of the canal with a total load of 1.4 million tons.
The Canal also witnessed the passage of four giant vessels with more than 150 thousand tons of cargo per vessel, and an additional 7 large vessels crossed each carrying cargo ranging between 100 to 150 thousand tons.
The largest load on-board vessels passing from the North was on-board MSC VENICE giant container vessel, carrying the flag of Liberia, with a load of 182 thousand tons, coming from Greece and heading to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The largest load on-board vessels passing from the South was on-board the Danish container ship MUMBAI MAERSK topped the South convoy with a load of 221 thousand tons, coming from Malaysia and heading to the Netherlands.