x

Society

Closed 18 Months, Greece’s Iconic Corinth Canal Opens Again

ΑΤΗΕΝS – You know it’s a big event when NBA star Magic Johnson is there and he and his wife were pictured traveling through Greece’s Corinth Canal as it reopened after being shut down for 18 months for repairs.

A series of landslides had shut down the canal that saves vessels sailing from the Ionian to the Aegean Sea some 130 nautical miles, the work a marvel of 19th Century engineering for the man-made passageway.

The canal is about 6.3 kilometers (3.91 miles) long, 24 meters (78.7 feet) wide at its base, and eight meters (26.24 feet) deep. It is difficult to navigate for many modern large ships, but is still popular for smaller vessels and a unique tourist attraction, said the Chinese news agency Xinhua in a report.

“It reopened to navigation, as the first phase of the restoration works was completed,” George Zouglis, General Manager of Corinth Canal told the news agency during a tour across the canal.

Further repair of the canal will continue and while it will handle summer traffic it will close again in early October for more work, set to reopen again in the summer of 2023 in a grand reopening then.

The repair work stabilized the banks and added fencing at the top along with a 3.5-kilometer (2.17-mile) paved footpath for visitors to gaze at the canal and ships passing through the engineering marvel.

During the first week of operation in July nearly 400 vessels went through and some 7,000 are expected in October, showing its importance in reducing the distance between the seas.

 

RELATED

LONDON - The United Kingdom’s Secretary for State for Culture, Media and Sport, Lucy Frazer, said no deal will be made to loan the stolen Parthenon Marbles housed in the British Museum for 200 years if Greece won’t give up ownership.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

2 Germans, a Spaniard and a Senegalese Killed in Building Collapse in Spain’s Mallorca Island

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Police on Friday gave details on four people killed when a building housing a bar and restaurant club collapsed on the island of Mallorca.

Highly experienced live-in CARETAKER, for your elderly parent/s, preferably, in ASTORIA.

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Sean “Diddy” Combs subjected her to violence and abuse over several years in the 1990s has filed a lawsuit in New York accusing the rapper of sexual assault, battery and gender-motivated violence.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Hunter Biden is due in court on Friday for the final hearing before he's expected to stand trial on federal firearms charges in Delaware as his father's reelection campaign unfolds.

PARIS (AP) — A police officer in riot-hit New Caledonia shot and killed a man Friday after being set upon by a group of about 15 people, the territory's prosecutor said.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.