The points of significance of the Suez Shipping Canal are as follows:
1. Constructed in 1869 in Egypt, it lies in between Port Said in the north and Port Suez in the south and acts as a link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red sea.
2. It reduces the direct sea route between Liverpool and Colombo as compared to the route via the Cape of Good Hope by giving Europe a new gateway to the Indian Ocean.
3. Without locks, it is a sea-level canal that is 160km and about 11 to 15m deep.
4. Each ship takes 10-12 hours in crossing this canal with about 100 ships travelling every day.
5. The tolls here are too high due to which many travellers prefer to take the longer route if the delay is acceptable.
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