EVER ART giant container ship crosses New Suez Canal for first time
CAIRO - 30 June 2022: The giant container ship "EVER ART" crossed for the first time the New Suez Canal within a convoy on its journey coming from Malaysia, and heading to the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
EVER ART is the largest container ship in the world, and follows the shipping line "EVER GREEN".
EVER ART is the sixth ship in a series of 12 giant ships under construction of the 24 A class. Its tonnage is 221,000 tons, and it can carry 24,132 containers on board.
Lieutenant-General Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, directed to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe transit of the tanker. A group of senior authority guides was appointed to provide navigational aids from accompanying locomotives, in addition to instant follow-up from the main traffic office and guidance stations along the canal.
"EVER ART" is the newer sister to the ships "EVER ARM", "EVER ACE", "EVER ACT", "EVER AIM", and "EVER ALP", which all crossed the Suez Canal several times before, he added, indicating that the New Suez Canal is the first and most efficient choice among global roads and corridors.
The head of the authority stressed the readiness of the Suez Canal to receive the current and future generations of the fleet of container ships globally.
He also pointed in this regard to the navigational and technical advantages offered by the new Suez Canal project in terms of increasing the numerical and absorptive capacity of the canal, and raising the navigational safety factor, which had a great impact towards strengthening the leading position of the canal as the ideal choice for transiting giant container ships working to transport global trade between East and West.
Lieutenant-General Rabie explained that the Suez Canal is keeping in mind the successive developments in the maritime transport industry, which are heading towards building giant ships with large submersibles.
He further stressed that the authority is moving forward towards implementing President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's directives to enhance the canal's ability to provide the best service to its customers through the continuation of Development projects in the canal.
According to him, the authority is implementing a project to develop the southern sector of the canal, which will contribute to increasing the navigational safety in that sector by 28 percent and increasing the discharge capacity by 6 new ships.
The navigation traffic in the canal witnessed Thursday, the crossing of 83 ships with a total net tonnage of 4.8 million tons.