Suez Canal secure, unaffected (as yet) by civil unrest in Egypt

Reuters is reporting that the Suez Canal is unaffected (as yet) by the current (seemingly endless) spate of civil unrest and violence in Egypt. Let’s hope that remains true.

Suez Canal Secured, Unaffected by Egypt’s Turmoil

Suez canal.

The Suez Canal waterway is completely secure and the rate of ships passing through is normal, the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The average number of passing ships in term of quantity and cargo is in the normal range and has not been affected by any events,” he said.

Egypt has been facing mass demonstrations since June 30 by opposition calling for the resignation ofIslamist President Mohamed Mursi and his supporters which resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries.

In the last two days, 80 ships passed through the canal, the authority said, close to the daily average of 40 to 50 vessels.

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Suez-Canal-Secured-Unaffected-by-Egypts-Turmoil-2013-07-03/