The Suez Canal Authority said it plans to expand the channel, but will not deepen it. This was announced by the head of the Office of Osama Rabia.
He clarified that at present the depth of the channel reaches 24 meters.
According to the company operator of the canal Leth Agencies, since the moment of unblocking 357 ships passed through it, 206 more are waiting in line for the passage of the canal.
On March 23 the container ship Ever Given, which was going from China to Rotterdam, ran aground and completely blocked the Suez Canal. Several hundred ships gathered in a queue. On the morning of March 29, the Ever Given was returned to the fairway, but the ship was later stranded again due to bad weather. Navigation was fully resumed by the evening of that day.
The day before, on April 1, Admiral Mohab Mamish, Advisor to the President of Egypt on the development of seaports and the Suez Canal, said that the owner of the Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for a week, intends to peacefully resolve the issue of compensation.