Suez trial run
Convoys of ships in both directions have passed through the expanded Suez Canal for the first time on Saturday 25 July. The canal has been widened and deepened, adding bypasses on its western side to enable the canal to double its daily capacity from 49 to an estimated 97 ships.
The website of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Yawm al-Sabi announced that the first trial of north-south and south-north convoys, each composed of three large ships, had successfully completed passage through the canal. According to the newspaper, the head of the Suez Canal Authority Muhab Mamish was on board the first ship of the convoy heading to the Mediterranean from the Suez end.