SUEZ: AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT WITH HUGE EXPENSES

The Suez canal authority has decided to begin the expansion's works of the Suez canal after the growth of the world maritime trade. The project which has a 1,5 billion dollars price envisage on one hand the expansion of the Canal through 17 aspirating dredges for drainage activities allowing to improve the depth of the Canal up to 24 meters, on the other hand it envisages the construction of a second Canal parallel to the existing one that would extend to almost 50 km.

However, bringing into action this project might have two different outcomes: it would allowed a greater flow of vessels in both directions easing the maritime traffic but risking to put into danger the Mediterranean Sea concerning the proliferate of sea species such as the Lagocephalus sceleratus ( puffer fish), the Rhopilema nomadica ( jellyfish) coming from Asia and the USA. The warning was cast from the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature Pearl), who proposes to improve the salinity level of the Canal in order to recreate a natural barrier and to ensure a natural defense for the ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea.

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