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Canal & The Society

The Suez Canal ’s role is not confined to servicing the world trade. It goes beyond that to serve the Canal Zone community ...

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Saving in distance via SC

The geographical position of the Suez Canal makes it the shortest route between East and West as compared with the Cape of Good Hope. The Canal route achieves saving in distance between the ports north and south of the Canal, the matter that is translated into other saving in time, fuel consumption and ship operating costs as shown in the table below :

About 8 % of the world seaborne trade passed through the Suez Canal in 2009.

From To Distance ( Nautical Miles ) Saving
SC Cape Miles %
Ras Tanura Constanza 4 144 12 094 7 950 66
Lavera 4 684 10 783 6 099 57
Rotterdam 6 436 11 169 4 733 42
New York 8 281 11 794 3 513 30
Jeddah Piraeus 1 320 11 207 9 887 88
Rotterdam 6 337 10 743 4 406 41
Tokyo Rotterdam 11 192 14 507 3 315 23
Singapore Rotterdam 8 288 11 755 3 647 29



An animation describing the saving
in distance via Suez Canal.


Canal History
13th century BCE

13th century BCE, A canal is constructed between the Nile Delta and the Red Sea. For the following centuries, the canal was only partially maintained...

1854

1854, By a French initiative, the viceroy of Egypt, Said Pasha, decides for a project to build a canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea...

1858

1858, La Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez is formed to construct the canal.

17 Nov 1869

17 Nov 1869, With great splendour, the canal is opened for navigation. Dimensions were 22 metre in bottom width, 58 metre in surface width, and a depth of 8 metres...

2 Mar 1888

2 Mar 1888, The Convention of Constantinople guaranteed right of passage of all ships through the Suez Canal during war and peace...

13 Jun 1956

13 Jun 1956, Suez Canal Zone restored to Egypt.
26 Jul 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal.

5 Jun 1975

5 Jun 1975, Suez Canal reopened...

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Tourism Information

Places, directions, travel co. and more.

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