Corinth canal closed

Corinth canal closed

Boats travelling between the gulfs of Corinth and the Saronic will not be able to cut across the Corinth Canal for a couple more days.

The canal has been closed since last Friday, after a section of its wall near a waste treatment plant on the Peloponnese side subsided.

Geotechnical studies are underway to determine the canal’s stability, in order to restore the canal’s operation “as soon as possible.

Greece’s Iconic Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is one of the most important achievements of engineering in Greece, given it was constructed during the period of 1880 to 1893.

It is the work of the Greek engineer Petros Protopapadakis and its length is almost 6.5km and 25 metres wide.

The Corinth Canal joins the Corinth Gulf to the Saronic Gulf and is an important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea, although it is now impossible for modern ships to go through.

About 11,000 ships per year travel through the waterway.