Israel Plans to Create an Alternate Suez Canal + How are Man-Made Canals built?

Ruby Valappil
5 min readFeb 22, 2023
Suez canal marked on the map
Suez Canal — Image By Author

Israel and its many plans to build a man-made canal have not converted from a plan to reality in the past many years, including the one which was secretly planned and involved the use of nuclear power.

Nevertheless, the country has come up with yet another plan to create an alternative to the Suez Canal.

A Little History of the Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is a man-made canal that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, providing a crucial shortcut for shipping between Europe and Asia. The construction of the canal was a massive engineering project that took over ten years to complete and involved the efforts of tens of thousands of workers.

In 1854, a French engineer named Ferdinand de Lesseps was granted permission by the Egyptian government to construct a canal across the Isthmus of Suez. De Lesseps worked with a team of engineers and surveyors to plan the route of the canal and design the locks and other features that would be needed.

Construction of the canal began in 1859, with thousands of workers from Egypt, Europe, and Asia recruited to excavate the channel. The workers used hand tools such as shovels and picks, as well as steam-powered dredges and excavators to remove millions of cubic meters of sand and rock from the path of the canal.

Once the canal had been excavated, it was lined with concrete and stone to prevent erosion and leaks.

To allow ships to pass through the canal, a series of locks were constructed to raise and lower vessels as they moved between the Mediterranean and Red Seas. In addition, a lighthouse was built to guide ships through the canal at night, and a telegraph line was installed to provide communication along the length of the canal.

The Suez Canal was officially opened in November 1869 with great fanfare and celebration. The canal was an instant success, reducing the journey between Europe and Asia by thousands of miles and providing a major economic boost to Egypt and other countries in the region.

Today, the Suez Canal remains one of the most important waterways in the world, handling millions of tons of cargo each year and…

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Ruby Valappil

Software Consultant by Passion & Profession | Writes on Tech, Startup, Freelancing | LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3Is847M