Suez Canal expands tug fleet by 10 vessels

Computer generated image of the RAstar class tug in SCA livery (RAL)

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has put in an order for 10 more tugs, signalling an important upgrade to the fleet.

The 190km long Suez Canal can accommodate all but the largest ships afloat (240,000dwt maximum), with a maximum vessel draught capacity up to 20.1m. More than 22,000 ships transited the canal in 2022, around 60 vessels a day, obeying the rules of a one-way convoy system because unregulated two-way traffic is not allowed.

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