This paper considers the determination of the maximum shipping capacity of the Suez canal. Initially, some assumptions are made in order to calculate the "theoretical" maximum capacity in terms of "standard ships". This last term defines ships which transit the Canal at a given speed and at a given time interval from the vessel ahead and astern. Data has been collected from the Canal Zone, the analysis of which provides the necessary information regarding speeds of vessels at different sections of the Canal, time gaps between different classes of ship at different nodes of the Canal, and relationships between time widths of convoys and numbers of ships in those convoys at different points of the Canal. This data has then been used to calculate the maximum capacity of the Canal in terms of "real ships". For that purpose four schemes have been devised, each taking a different mix of categories of ships. A sensitivity analysis has been undertaken in order to investigate the effect of each class of ship on the real maximum shipping capacity of the Canal. The last two schemes take into consideration the effect of the future introduction of supertankers.

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    Taylor & Francis

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  • Authors:
    • Griffiths, J D
    • Hassan, E M
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Accession Number: 00157304
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Policy and Management
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1977 12:00AM