How many ships pass through the Suez Canal each year?
When it first opened, the Suez Canal saw fewer than two transits a day, with 486 reported in the whole of 1870.
By 1966, transits reached a staggering 21,250 – about 58 per day- with a net tonnage of some 278,400,000 metric tons.
By the 1980s, the average daily visits had fallen to about 50 but the tonnage has increased to 355.6 million metric tons.
In 2020, more than 18,500 vessels traversed the canal – an average of 51.5 per day.