Flashback in maritime history: Suez Canal opened to shipping 17 November 1869

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal…

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Flashback in history: Suez Canal opened to shipping 17 November 1869

The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal was…

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Egypt’s First Female Shipmaster Participates In New Suez Canal Celebrations

Amid a wave of rising anticipation for Egypt’s multi-billion grand project opening, Egypt’s first and youngest female shipmaster, Marwa el-Slehdar, has proudly announced her participation in the new Suez Canal opening on Thursday, reported state-owned Al-Ahram. “Even though I have been dreaming of taking part in the [New Suez Canal] opening ceremony, I never thought…

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Egypt announces plans to build a second Suez canal.

CAIRO // Egypt plans to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old historic waterway in a multibillion dollar project aimed at expanding trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia. The Suez Canal earns Egypt about US$5 billion (Dh 18.37 billion) a year in revenues, a vital source of hard currency…

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