Facts you didn’t know about the Suez Canal: the maritime artery that connects Europe with southern Africa

Facts you didn’t know about the Suez Canal: the maritime artery that connects Europe with southern Africa

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The Suez Canal, located in Egypt, represents one of the most important maritime arteries in the world. With its creation and due to its strategic position, miles of ships can move from Europe to Asia-Pacific, without the need to go around Africa.

In other words, said channel represents a global shortcut. Well, it allows you to connect the two continents mentioned above more quickly.

According to reported data, 12% of international trade moves through this channel. This, added to the approximate 19,000 ships that pass through its waters annually.

In this way and due to its great global relevance, we present some data that you may not have known about the Suez Canal.

Curiosities of the Suez Canal

  • It is the longest canal in the world. It is 163 kilometers long.
  • It shortens the journey between Europe and Asia by 8,000 km.
  • It was closed for eight years due to the Six Day War between Egypt and Israel.
  • Its construction took 10 years and was carried out by local farmers and European workers.
  • It was initially designed to allow the passage of 3 large ships a day in less than 15 hours. Currently, 50 ships pass through each day.
  • In 2015 it was remodeled to expand it to a second channel. The remodeling took a year.

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