The new Suez Canal which was inaugurated a week ago, has entered the Guiness Book of Records as the largest dredging projectin the whole world.
The project, which has been acclaimed as the first in any part of the world, was built in a record time of one year.
An estimated half a billion cubic meters of sand was excavated through the Sinai desert to build the new water way constructed parallel to the old canal constructed 145 year ago. It is 27 km long.
“The dedication and support of the Egyptian people in funding and constructing the new canal, have allowed the project to be completed in less than 12 months, said Rear Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority.
Rear Admiral Mamish was briefing 25 African Chief Editors who visited the new Suez Canal as part of their tour of Egypt.
The Editors are in the country on a special programme arranged by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development to exposed them to the new foreign policy shift of the Egyptian government.
Admiral Mamish paid glowing tribute to all Egyptians who contributed to the accomplishment, but reserved greater appreciation to those whose contributions funded the project.
Admiral Mamish said the new Suez Canal project was funded mainly through the contributions of Egyptian who purchased government bonds put on sale for the construction of the new water way.
In all, over $8.6billion were mobilized solely from Egyptian citizens for the project which was constructed in a year.
He explained that the desire to improve the economic conditions of not only Egyptians but the whole of Africa and the world, motivated the country to embark on the ambitious project.
The excavation of the entire area was covered by sand dunes and we had to cut through it and excavate to reach the lowest part to undertake the biggest ever dredging in world history.
He said a total sand excavated was half a billion cubic metre and had a 400-metre width.
Rear Admiral Mamish said the whole enclave of the canal will be turned into an economic and industrial hub with the construction of six underground tunnels.
“We would have acqua culture and other economic activities that would bring commerce to the area for the benefit of the people”, he said.
He thanked the Egyptian military for carrying out the job and all the dredging companies assembled from the USA and Europe to ensure that the project was completed on schedule.
He said a total of 55,000 people worked day and night to execute the project in a record time of one year.
Rear Admiral Mamish said the new canal which could now accommodate more bigger ships, would contribute to maritime transport and world trade.
On the question of security the region, he assured that the authority had taken the necessary measure to ensure the safety of the canal and the ships who used it.
Dave Agbenu,Ismaila, Egypt