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The Suez Canal connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and opened in 1869 after ten years of construction work. It allowed cargo ships to pass between South Asia and Europe without the need to go around Africa – the northern Port is: Said (pronounced: Sayeed). In 2012 there were 47 vessels per day or over 17,000 for the year, where the canal is 162 kms long itself.
Owned and operated by the Suez Canal Authority of Egypt under the ‘Convention ...
... etc everywhere - on the left - again thousands of miles of just plain old sand dunes......still Egypt, but the Sinai deser, where my father fought in WW2 against Rommell in the allied forces to protect this very lifeline through the Middle East, then know as Palestine, makes you appreciate things in a deeper perspective to see the very place!
Suddenly - from nowhere - we pass under a HUGE bridge from east to west.........WOW!
... performing in the show in the evening. Last night was the first for three nights that we were allowed on deck after dark and able to have curtains open, bloody Somalians just cause grief, they reckon that during 2008 and 2010 the Suez lost 10% of its revenue due to the threat of piracy. The country obviously doesn't have anything worth having or I am sure someone would have given them a smacking by now. We ...
... 47 vessels per day transverse it. Average revenue is $5 billion which is 7-10% of Egypt's budget. I did not know the canal was closed from 1967-1975 during the war between Egypt and Israel. Ships had to travel around Africa to get to the Mediterranean Sea during that time period.
The Suez Canal handles 8% of the world' s seaborne cargo, around 2% of the world's oil and is critical to countries like Russia, U.S. U.K. And Israel.
Canal traffic takes turns. Convoys ...
... but that was cancelled too. Princess was told the insurance company wouldn't cover us to go there either because of safety.
But luckily, before we transited the Suez Canal, we anchored in the Great Bitter lakes to let a South bound convoy pass. While we were waiting, a tub boat sank in the canal! Once the convoy cleared the canal and the tug boat was cleared away, we continued north, during the daylight!