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Egypt opens enlarged Suez Canal

Amid exceptionally tight security, Egypt will open an expansion to the Suez Canal today with dignitaries from around the world flying in for the occasion.

The Suez extension was announced by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a year ago. The $8.2bn project includes a 35 km parallel waterway flanking the existing 145-year-old waterway. It also includes a deepening and widening of 37 km of the existing canal.

This will cut transit times for southbound ships by seven hours and allow larger vessels easier passage, local authorities claim.

The grand opening has been targeted by Islamic State as well as an affiliate of al Qaeda.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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