terça-feira, novembro 09, 2004
Traffic on the waterway had ground to a halt
Suez Canal to reopen for traffic
"Egypt's Suez Canal is expected to reopen for shipping traffic, three days after it closed because of a broken-down oil tanker.
The stranded Liberian-registered vessel is being shifted by tugs, the Suez Canal Authority says.
The tanker refloated after some of its load was transferred to a smaller ship.
About 104 vessels were waiting to use the strategic link between the Red Sea and Mediterranean, which is one of Egypt's most important revenue sources.
The canal last closed after the Arab-Israeli war in October 1973, and did not reopen until January 1975.
However, traffic has previously been suspended due to bad weather.
The Tropic Brilliance broke down late on Saturday near Ismailiya, 140 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of Cairo.
The canal earned Egypt £256m (£138m) in September with revenues expected to hit a record $3bn in 2004, according to figures from the Suez Canal Authority.
About 12,400 ships passed through the canal between January and September, with 2,300 of these being oil tankers." - in BBC News