Tractors work on Egypt's New Suez Canal project at the Suez Canal zone, Egypt, June 13, 2015 - REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
CAIRO – 13 March 2018: A total of 145 ships have crossed the Suez Canal during the last three days with a load of 8.2 million tons, Chairman of Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamesh said Tuesday.
Mamesh attributed the increase in the number of ships crossing the Suez Canal to the positive marketing policies followed by the authority to attract new shipping lines.
The navigation reports issued by the Suez Canal Authority pointed out that 38 ships with a load of three million tons crossed the canal on Saturday.
On Sunday, 53 ships with a load of 3.7 million tons passed the Canal, according to the reports.
While 54 ships with a load of 3.5 million tons passed the Canal on Monday to raise the total number of ships passing the canal in three days to 145 ships with a load of 8.2 million tons.
The planning minister said in February that the number of ships that crossed the Suez Canal increased by 6.4 percent during the second quarter of 2017/2018.
Mamesh signed on Monday a renewal memorandum with CEO of Saudi National Shipping Company Abdullah bin Ali al-Debaikhi to support marine transport between
Egypt and Saudi Arabia across the Suez Canal.
The memorandum stated that Bahri Company transfers all the kingdom’s needs through the Suez Canal by using all kinds of ships that are affiliated to the company.
This agreement came as a result of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s visit to Egypt which aimed to strengthen the relations between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
In his first official trip, the Saudi Crown Prince visited Egypt for three days, accompanied by a number of high-profile Saudi officials.
The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority stated during the Crown Prince's visit that he hopes for integration between the Neom project and the Suez Canal region to be accomplished, adding that this integration will attract trade from all over the world.