Video: Middle East's largest dredger arrives in Suez Canal from Holland, awaits major ceremony

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021 - 05:39 GMT

Ships at Suez Canal - Archive

Ships at Suez Canal - Archive

CAIRO – 27 July 2021: The Middle East’s largest dredger arrived in Suez Canal on Tuesday from Holland as part of an equipment upgrade of the Egyptian waterway.

In a Tuesday statement, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said the dredger, now named after Field Marshal Hussein Tantawy, former head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, came aboard the diving vessel Tai An Kou and will wait in the Bitter Lakes to be floated apart from the ship.

Later, a major ceremony will be held to raise the Egyptian flag on it. Hussein Tantawy’s length is 147.4 meters and is 23 meters in width. It has a draft of 5.5 meters and a productivity of 3,600 square meters of sand per hour along a floating ejection line of 4 kilometers. It also has a total capacity of 29,190 kilowatts and can deal with all types of soil, including rocky ones.

Hussein Tantawy will participate in the duplication, expansion and deepening of the navigation course once the Dutch side finish trials.

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