Suez Canal traffic data revealed that 304 ships transited the canal, with a total load of 17.9m tonnes, from 21 to 27 May 2016.
An average of 43.42 ships transited the canal per day during that period, with an average load of 2.56m tonnes per day. The average load per ship was about 58,900 tonnes during that period.
Compared to July 2015, before the inauguration of the New Suez Canal, the average daily number of transiting vessels totalled 47 vessels, with an average load of 2.758m tonnes per day.
Four major container ships—including two Danish vessels, Mogens Maersk and Madison Maersk, as well as Maren Maersk and Al-Nefud from Malta—transited the canal carrying 200,360 tonnes each.
The number of vessels that passed through the new channel coming from the west through the northern entrance was 141 vessels, with a daily average of 20.14 vessels, and a total load of 8.7m tonnes, recording a daily average of 1.24m tonnes.
Meanwhile, 163 ships transited the canal coming from the south, with a daily average of 23.3 vessels, with a total load of 9.2m tonnes, recording a daily average of 1.3m tonnes.
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 between from 21 to 28 May 2016:
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