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Ship traffic resumed at Greece’s Corinth Canal

Greece’s iconic Corinth Canal reopened to shipping earlier this month after an 18-month hiatus for repair works following a series of landslides, Xinhua reports citing local officials.

The Corinth Canal between the Peloponnese peninsula and the mainland was constructed from 1881 to 1893 and is considered an iconic 19th-century engineering project. The canal is about 6.3 km long, 24 meters wide at its base, and eight meters deep. It is difficult to navigate for many modern large ships, but is still popular for smaller vessels and a unique tourist attraction.

Further repair of the man-made canal will continue in the coming months. The canal will accommodate the summer maritime traffic and will close in early October again to allow for the second stage of the works. It will reopen next summer and will close for the final touches before the grand reopening.

In addition to the works of mitigating landslides and stabilizing the banks, the upgrade project also includes fencing along the canal and constructing a 3.5 km paved footpath for visitors.

During the first week of operation this July, almost 400 vessels have transited the canal and nearly 7,000 transits are expected in October, according to the managing company.


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