New channel to connect East Port Said to New Suez Canal
As part of the expansion of the Suez Canal, a new side channel will be built around East Port Said allowing ships to call at the port 24 hours a day, according to port authorities.
The new US $60-million channel will relieve much of the congestion in and around East Port Said by opening up the port to ships 24-hours a day, rather than the current eight hours a day.
The new 9.5km long and 18.5 m deep side channel will follow from the New Suez Canal being officially launched in August, which will for the first time allow shipping to transit the canal in both directions simultaneously.
The 72 km waterway built alongside the existing canal will significantly expand capacity on the canal, with officials expected traffic to double within the next 12 months.