27 March
Suez Canal has been blocked by a cargo ship. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The world's largest man-made canal is Suez Canal
  • It is located in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea
  • The construction of the canal began in 1859 and went on until 1869 by Suez Canal company

27 March.Suez, Egypt
This Northern sea route allows ships to cut down the journey time to Asian ports by 15 days in comparison with Suez Canal. (Photo Credit: @AirbusSpace)

  • Northern Sea Route lies within Russia's exclusive economic zone
  • Suez Canal gives passage to more than 10% of the maritime trade globally
  • Russia is investing in Arctic territory for mineral extraction and military infrastructure

24 March.Suez, Egypt
A giant container ship stuck in the Suez Canal after a gust of wind blew it off course. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ Marcel Dirsus)

  • Egypt's Suez Canal Authority said it was doing all it could to refloat the giant ship
  • Sections of the canal have been reopened to ease the bottleneck of backed up marine traffic
  • The canal links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea