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Suez Canal opens to sea transport ECONOMY | DW

The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, was reopened to sea traffic after the rescue of the Panamanian-flagged “Always Given” ship. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA), which is responsible for the operation of the canal, said it could take three days for the canal to fully open. Images of the ship moving slowly were reported in the Egyptian media.

Maritime traffic in the Suez Canal was halted due to the giant container ship “Ever Given” that landed last Tuesday; Turkey and the United States (USA) were found on the ship offering support to many countries, including rescue operations. Experts said that the size of the ship and rescue operations depend on many factors, such as wind direction and tide, which makes the recovery process a very complicated technical process.

On the other hand, the canal is paralyzed every day, the loss of world trade is said to be between 6 and 10 billion dollars. According to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), which is responsible for the operation of the canal, Egypt lost $ 12-14 million every day due to the closure of the canal.

193 km. The long Suez Canal is the shortest sea route between Europe and Asia. The canal plays an important role in the import of crude oil and other products to Europe. According to the Kiel Institute of World Economy, 98 percent of trucks traveling between Germany and China use the Suez Canal.

AFP, Reuters / BÖ, ET

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