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ISMAILIA, Egypt, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) held a ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the recent arrival of a cutter suction dredger (CSD) named Hussein Tantawy.

The ceremony was attended by SCA Chairman Osama Rabie and Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, who hoisted the national flag of Egypt on the new dredger.

"The dredger is the largest and most advanced in the Middle East and Africa," said Rabie during the ceremony, describing the new dredger as "an unprecedented addition to the SCA fleet."

The inclusion of the dredger to the SCA fleet comes as one of the important steps made as part of an integrated development strategy to develop the canal's waterway and maintain its leading position despite various global challenges, the SCA chief added.

Rabie noted that CSD Hussein Tantawy is characterized by advanced technical specifications and equipped with the latest systems of 3D bottom imaging and scanning as well as control, safety and security systems.

With a long slender shape and high spud towers, the dredger is 147.4 meters long and 23 meters wide and can provide a maximum dredging depth of 35 meters.

The SCA similarly celebrated in April the arrival of another giant dredger, CSD Mohab Mameesh.

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