Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
The Suez Canal is to be widened after a huge tanker got stuck for a week last March. The Suez canal handles 12% of all global trade.
There are plans for the canal to be widened by 40 meters (131 feet) and to a depth of 6 feet, increasing the depth from 66 to 72 feet.
In a press release from the Suez Canal Authorities (SCA), it was said that the extension will work to “[maximize] the canal’s efficiency and shortening the vessels’ transit time, as well as raising the navigation safety”.
However, there are still many doubts on whether the expansions will be significant enough to make a difference.
Greek university professor, Ioannis Theotokas, says that “It will never be enough unless a second lane is opened in the southern part,” which seems to be the general consensus from the public. However, there are no plans for a second lane.