Egypt’s Suez Canal has been expanded to accommodate more ships. A new 22 mile (35 km) passage has been built so that two-way traffic is possible for most of the way. Also, parts of the existing canal have been deepened and widened. Before this new expansion, about 50 vessels passed through the canal every day. The aim is to have almost a hundred vessels pass through each day by the year 2023.
The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway in Egypt that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most heavily used shipping paths in the world. The canal is 120 miles (190 km) long. It was built in 1869. The Suez Canal has had a huge impact on the shipping industry by decreasing the distance a ship travels to get from one part of the world to the other.
A ship traveling between New York, United States and Singapore in Asia saves about 4,300 km (2,300 nautical miles) by zipping through the Suez Canal versus going via the Panama Canal. Here is an animation that shows the distance the Suez Canal saves for various routes. The Suez Canal separates the African continent from Asia.
The other famous man-made waterway in the world is the Panama Canal which is 50 miles (80 km) long and runs through the country of Panama connecting the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean (the Caribbean Sea).
Here is a video showing how the Suez Canal was expanded.
Image Credits: Io Herodotus for the Suez Canal’s image, http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/ for the New York to Singapore route image
Sources: http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/, CNN, http://www.acp.gob.pa/eng