The Suez Canal traffic data revealed that 275 vessels transited the canal and transported a total load of 15.980m tonnes during the first six days of January. An average of 46 vessels transited the canal per day and transported an average load of 2.66m tonnes per day. The average load per vessel was calculated at 58,110 tonnes.
In July 2015 before the inauguration of the New Suez Canal, the average daily number of transiting vessels was recorded at 47 vessels, with an average load of 2.758m tonnes per day.
During the past six days of January 2016, three major container vessels transited the canal carrying a load of 200,306 tonnes each. The container vessels included Maribo Maersk, Mary Maersk, and Maric Maersk.
Some 140 vessels transited the canal from the north, with a daily average of 23.33 vessels and a total load of 7.957m tonnes of cargo, with a daily average of 1.326m tonnes.
The number of vessels that passed through the new channel coming from the east through the southern entrance was 135 vessels, with a daily average of 22.5 vessels, and a total load of 8.024m tonnes, with a daily average of 1.337m tonnes.
Cargo load is the main measure of shipping traffic in the Suez Canal since cargo load is the metric on which fees for transit are calculated.
Suez Canal Data also reported a revenue decline to $408.4m in November compared to $449.2m in October, which is the lowest revenue since February when revenues recorded $382m. The number of vessels transiting the canal also dropped to 1,401 from 1,500 in October.
The following table shows traffic through the Suez Canal between 1 and 6 January 2016: