Major Shipping Canals Around The World

Suez Canal Top Down View
Suez Canal
A ship canal is an artifical waterway created to service major water transport vehicles. These canals are usually used for transporting goods over large distances as transport through waterways is the cheapest way among all other forms of transport.

The earliest example of canal is Grand Canal of China. It is considered as the oldest and still working canal system in the modern world. Its development started around 5th Cenutry BCE.

Name of the CanalLengthCountryStartedLink
Saint Lawrence Seaway600 kmCanada-United States1959Montreal with Lake Superior.
White Sea-Baltic Canal227 kmRussia1893
Suez Canal193.30 kmEgypt1869Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea.
Rhine-Main-Danube Canal171 kmGermany1992River Rhine (North Sea) and River Danube (Black Sea)
Volga-Don Canal101 kmRussia1952Black Sea, Azov Sea and Caspian Sea.
Kiel Canal98 kmGermany1895North Sea and Baltic Sea
Houston Ship Channel80 kmUnited States1914Houston, Texas to the Gulf of Mexico
Panama Canal 77 kmPanama1914Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean
Danube-Black Sea Canal64.4 kmRomania1984Danube to the Black Sea
Manchester Ship Canal58 kmUnited Kingdom1894Manchester to Irish Sea
Welland Canal43.4Canada1932Lake Erie to Lake Ontario