The leader of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie, said he is considering widening the southern part of the waterway, which was blocked by the huge container ship Ever Given last week.
Due to sandstorms and strong winds reducing visibility, the 400-meter-long “Eternal Minutes” was stuck in the southern part of the canal on March 23. Traffic was blocked for six days, causing a major disruption in global trade.
At the same time, Ever Given was diverted to the lake separating the two parts of the canal for investigation.
The management noted that it will continue to allow large ships to pass through the canal, adding that it intends to increase its capacity to solve problems that may arise in the future.
The rabbi told Reuters: “We will try to purchase two more tractors with a towing capacity of more than 200 tons, 250 or 280 tons,”.
The rabbi said that he is also considering buying a crane that can unload goods at a height of up to 250 meters.
The government also considered the possibility of widening the southern part of the canal in the area stuck in Ever Ever.
“If we need to extend 250 meters, we may (eventually) extend 400 meters,” Rabbi said.