How did they construct the Suez Canal?

A large ship has blocked the Suez Canal for the second time this year

Stars Insider

10/09/21 | StarsInsider


The Suez Canal is an artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. At 193 km (120 miles) in length, the canal provides a crucial and more direct maritime route between the North Atlantic and northern Indian oceans, and is one of the most heavily used shipping lanes in the world.

It's estimated that 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, so you can imagine that a traffic jam on the busy waterway would wreak havoc. A giant container vessel famously became wedged across the canal in March of 2021, blocking traffic for five days. It took 800 people to release the ship which had become grounded and reportedly caused close to US$1 billion in financial losses. On September 9, another ship became stuck and blocked the canal, although this time the issue was resolved after 15 minutes. These incidents are causing concern, as any slight delay on the canal seriously impacts world trade. Improvements to the canal's already impressive infrastructure may be required.

The canal itself took 10 years to build, and was opened way back in 1869. But how was such an ambitious and complicated civil engineering project accomplished back then? Click through this gallery and find out how they built the Suez Canal in the first place.


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