Development of the Suez Canal, 1869-2015

Overall Length (km)164175175189.8189.8189.8191.3193.3193.3
Width at 11m Depth (meters)446090160210210210210317
Maximum Draft (feet)223538535658626266
Doubled Parts (km)none29297878787980.5113
Water Depth (meters)101415.519.520.52122.52424
Maximum Tonnage (dwt)5,00030,00080,000150,000180,000185,000210,000210,000240,000

Source: Suez Canal Authority.

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.