Egypt: Surprise at Suez

When Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser grabbed the Suez Canal 6½ years ago, his bitter enemies in Europe predicted that the big ditch would soon be filled with silt and that untrained Egyptian pilots would never be able to steer shipping through safely.

The critics turned out to be wrong on both counts. Egypt has widened the canal with bypasses permitting three convoys daily to use the waterway more efficiently, and deepened it sufficiently to accommodate most of the world's tanker fleet. Last year 18.518 ships traveled through the canal, 370 more...

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