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The 1st. cargo ships trial the newly completed 2nd. Suez Canal. Photo via India Times

 

Less than a year ago, Egypt started construction on a 2nd. New Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal. Estimated at a cost of  $8.5 billion, work on the second, larger channel has been around-the-clock.

The trial-run took place Saturday July 25, 2015. Photo via Arab News

 

On Saturday, Egypt sent the first cargo ships on a test-run through the new waterway which is slated to be officially opened on 6 August next month. [BBC]

The test-run had 3 container ships sailing through the new 72 km channel. Photo via The Peninsula Qatar

 

The multi-national fleet consisted of an American ship heading to Egypt’s Port Said from Saudi Arabia, a Danish ship U.S.-bound from Singapore, and a vessel from Saudi Arabia headed to Italy, escorted by Egyptian naval vessels and helicopters.

Egyptian workers wave as the first container ship sails through the New Suez Canal. Photo via BBC News

 

BBC : [Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority,] Mohab Mameesh also revealed plans to build another canal near East Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea would begin as soon as the New Suez Canal had been inaugurated. It is expected to cost around $60 million and will be 9.5km (6 miles) long, Reuters reports.

Read more from BBC here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

No shipping activity down here this year… so I am featuring photos from Working Harbor Committee’s Staten Island tours from the past.

This coming Sunday July 26, there will be a brand new WHC Hidden Harbor Tour featuring the History of Staten Island’s Waterfront, hope you all can make it.

Tug Oyster Creek at Howland Hook… from last years circumnavigation of Staten Island trip. Photo by John Skelson

Shelby Weeks off Tottenville. Photo by John Skelson

Photo Op…Tanker Bow Riyad. Photo by John Skelson

Up close to Norwegian Breakaway. Photo by John Skelson

MSC Busan in the KVK. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Maryland passing Caddell Dry Dock. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Capt Willie Landers passing Great Lakes yard Staten Island. Photo by John Skelson

Gulf Dawn, Wolf River and Dredge G.L. 63 operating at Howland Hook. Photo by John Skelson

Tanker Alpine Marie in the Arthur Kill. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Maria J also in the Arthur Kill. Photo by John Skelson

Cormorant leaving the 38 buoy. Photo by John Skelson

 

Until next week… John Skelson

 

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

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