1869 1956 1962 1980 1994 1996 2001 2010 2015
Overall Length (km) 164 175 175 189.8 189.8 189.8 191.3 193.3 193.3
Width at 11m Depth (meters) 44 60 90 160 210 210 210 210 317
Maximum Draft (feet) 22 35 38 53 56 58 62 62 66
Doubled Parts (km) none 29 29 78 78 78 79 80.5 113
Water Depth (meters) 10 14 15.5 19.5 20.5 21 22.5 24 24
Maximum Tonnage (dwt) 5,000 30,000 80,000 150,000 180,000 185,000 210,000 210,000 240,000
Source: Suez Canal Authority.
Development of the Suez Canal, 1869-2015
In more than 140 years of operation, the Suez Canal has been expended to increase its operational capacity, which allows for ships of up to 240,000 dwt.