Egypt has announced plans to widen and deepen the southern part of the Suez Canal where the Ever Given ran aground in March this year. The head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, announced details of the plan in a televised ceremony in the canal’s city of Ismailia. The plan includes widening the canal’s southernmost stretch by about 40 meters (yards) to the east, on the side of the Sinai Peninsula, Rabie said. That 30-kilometre segment would also be deepened to 22 metres, from the current 20 metres in depth. The plan also includes a 10-kilometre-long extension of a second lane of the waterway that opened in 2015. Meanwhile the Ever Given was officially impounded this week while negotiations between the SCA and insurers continue on the appropriate compensation. The investigation into the incident is expected to conclude this week.