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Encyclopedia > Suezmax

Suezmax is a naval architecture term for the largest ships capable of fitting through the Suez Canal fully loaded, and is almost exclusively used in reference to tankers. Since the canal has no locks, the only serious limiting factor is draft (maximum depth below waterline). The current channel on the canal allows for 16 m (53 ft) of draft, meaning many supertankers are of too deep a draft to fit through. Currently, the canal is beeing deepened to 18 - 20 m. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ships moored at El Ballah during transit Egypt: Site of Suez Canal (top). ... The draft of a ships hull is the vertical distance from the bottom of the hull to the waterline. ... A supertanker is an unofficial nickname that applies to a certain class of tanker ship built to transport very large quantities of liquids; in practice this typically refers to crude oil. ...

Similar terms of Panamax and Seawaymax are used for the largest ships capable of fitting through the Panama Canal and Saint Lawrence Seaway, respectively. The two ships seen here seem almost to be touching the walls of the Miraflores Locks. ... The term Seawaymax refers to vessels which are the maximum size that can fit through the canal locks of the St Lawrence Seaway. ... Two Panamas running the Miraflores Locks The Panama Canal (Spanish: ) is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Oceans. ... The Eisenhower Locks in Massena, NY. The St Lawrence Seaway is the common name for a system of canals that permits ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes as far as Lake Superior. ...

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