Seventy vessels transited the Suez Canal in both directions on Wednesday carrying a total cargo of 4.5 million tons registering a record in the number of ships and size of cargoes crossing the international waterway, Head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish said.
Twenty-nine south-bound ships crossed the Suez Canal carrying 1.8 million tons, while 41 north-bound others transited carrying 2.7 million tons, he said in a press release.
The south-bound convoy was led by the Giant MATHILDE MAERSK ship which was carrying 200,000 tons coming from Spain and heading for Singapore, while the OOCL JAPAN huge ship flying Hong Kong's flag led the north-bound convoy carrying 221,000 tons on board. The vessel came from Singapore and is destined to the United Kingdom.
The canal was also crossed by seven other giant vessels carrying a combined cargo of more than 150,000 tons, he added.