The chairman of the Suez Canal Public Authority reported that the volume of cargo shipped through the canal had grown by 14,525 tons in the first half of 2000, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. This figure, reported by Al-Watan daily, includes oil tankers, bulk ships and container ships.
The Egyptian Monthly Bulletin has publicized that during the first seven months of this year, the receipts from traffic via the Suez Canal totaled $1.12 billion, up from $1.04 billion in the corresponding period of last year.
However, statistics recently published by the Suez Canal Authority, and appearing in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, have revealed a substantial decrease in the volume of cargo from the Arabian Gulf states shipped via the Suez Canal during the first half of 2000. Although the number of Arabian Gulf vessels crossing the canal grew from 228 in the first half of 1999 to 233 in the first half of 2000, its volume dropped from 7.862 tons to 7.093 tons during the period in question.
According to the report, 67 Kuwaiti ships had crossed the Suez Canal in the first half of 2000, an increase of five ships compared to the corresponding period of 1999. These vessels carried a total volume of 777,000 tons during this period, falling by 938 toms compared to the previous year. The number of Saudi ships passing through was 80, a decrease of two vessels. These Saudi ships carried 1.906 million tons of cargo in the first half of 2000, falling by 15,000 tons in comparison to the first six months of 1999. –(Albawaba-MEBG)