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Published: June 16th 2016
Left Aqaba 11.00p.m. and sailed back out into the Red Sea about 5.00a.m. and then headed north up towards the Suez Canal, docked outside Suez around 9.00p.m. and now have pilot on board, but have to wait until we get go ahead to enter Suez could be as late as 5.00a.m. For our ship to transit the Suez costs $353,000 approx. Australian Dollars, big bickies, this all has to be taken into account on everyone’s fares I guess! Many ships awaiting to get go ahead to enter the Suez, will be interesting as 3 years ago still just one channel but now there is two for most of it so transit is much quicker. Looking forward to getting into the Med and up to Italy. Tuesday 14.6.2016 – Transit through the Suez Pulled up anchor at around 4.30a.m. and proceeded through in a convoy of 14 ships, headed up by a French warship, we were No 2, and transited through the new Suez Canal, having the original one on our left hand side and saw lots of container ships going by. . Got out in the Med at around 3.30p.m. – boy has the Suez changed so much in three years,
Civilization, defence accommodation!
there is so much building happening alongside, like resorts etc. Glad we went through in 2013 as all the big memorials etc are in the canal that we did not go through this time. By the time we got to the Freedom Bridge we were back in the original section we had been on before, The Freedom Bridge is quite spectacular and is 8klms in length and is the only bridge that you can get from Egypt to Africa on, but whilst there is a convoy of ships going under it there is no traffic allowed on it. Looks like we haven’t escaped the dreaded cold even though we have been very careful..John down and out this arvo, and me the next day! Now 3 days at sea until Salerno Italy….yesssss!
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