Suez Canal chairman says expansion to the South under consideration

Suez Canal Chairman Osama Rabie said an expansion of the Southern section of the waterway was under consideration.
Suez Canal Chairman Osama Rabie said an expansion of the Southern section of the waterway was under consideration.PHOTO: EPA-EFE/MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES

ISMAILIA (REUTERS) - Suez Canal Chairman Osama Rabie told Reuters on Tuesday (April 6) an expansion of the Southern section of the waterway where the massive container ship Ever Given became stranded was under consideration.

The authority is also looking into procuring the kinds of cranes that could potentially offload cargo at heights of up to 250m for these kinds of emergencies, Mr Rabie said.

"Our procedures are sound, we are just aiming to improve the service," Mr Rabie said.