Suez Canal traffic data showed that 279 ships transited the canal, with a total load of 15.3m tonnes, from 19-24 November.
A daily average of 46.5 ships transited the canal during that period, with an average load of 2.55m tonnes per day. The average load per ship was about 54,840 tonnes during that period.
Compared to July 2015, before the inauguration of the New Suez Canal, the average daily number of transiting vessels totaled 47 vessels, with an average load of 2.758m tonnes per day.
Two major Danish container ships—Naerhel Maersk and Marstal Maersk—transited the canal carrying 200,000 tonnes each.
The number of vessels that passed coming from the west through the northern entrance was 127 vessels, with a daily average of 21.17 vessels, and a total load of 7.3m tonnes, recording a daily average of 1.22m tonnes.
Meanwhile, 152 ships transited the new channel coming from the south, with a daily average of 25.33 vessels, and a total load of 8m tonnes, recording a daily average of 1.33m tonnes.
The Suez Canal achieved revenues of about $33.754bn (over EGP 66bn) over the first 10 months of 2016.
Cargo load is the main measure of shipping traffic in the Suez Canal and the calculated transit fees.
The following table shows traffic through the Suez Canal from 19-24 November:
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