Category Archives: Shipping Industry Ports & Terminals

A collection of information and images about shipping ports and container terminals around the world.

The Suez Canal

the suez canal through egyptThe Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. It contains no locks, allowing seawater to flow freely through. The canal is a single lane with only two places to pass. One is located at the Ballah By-Pass and the other is Great Bitter Lake.

The canal is owned and maintained by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) of Egypt. Under international treaty, it may be used “in time of war as in time of peace, by every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.”

The Suez Canal Company (Compagnie universelle du canal maritime de Suez) came into being on the 15th of December, 1858 and work began on the shore of the future Port Said on the 25th of April, 1859. The canal opened to shipping traffic on the 17th of November in 1869. After overcoming a number of technical, political, and financial problems, it was determined that the final cost was more than double the original estimate.

Shanghai China Free-Trade Zone

The Shanghai Free-Trade Zone is the first free trade area in mainland China. Introduced by China’s government in July 2013, officials hope that the zone will offer a snapshot of how adopting a similar approach to China’s economic structure, could improve the performance of the Chinese economy; in the future.

The Shanghai FTZ will first span 28.78 square kilometres in the city’s Pudong New Area, including the Waigaoqiao duty-free zone and Yangshan port. It is believed that the FTZ may eventually expand to cover the entire Pudong district ,which covers 1,210.4 sq km of land.