Posted on: Friday, 13 May 2022 – 11:00 | Last updated: Friday, 13 May 2022 – 11:00
Minister: We implement a comprehensive plan to develop the maritime transport system, including the development of ports and the attraction of global operators and shipping companies
Lieutenant-General, Engineer Kamel Al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, conducted an inspection tour of the Port of Alexandria to monitor the implementation rates of a number of projects implemented in Alexandria and Dekheila ports, which are within the implementation plan of the Grand Port of Alexandria, within the framework of the implementation of the prescriptions of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi; By making Egypt a global center for trade and logistics, developing all Egyptian ports and restoring the strength of the Egyptian merchant navy.
The tour began with a visit to the team: Engineer Kamel Al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, Lieutenant General Ahmed Khaled Hassan Saeed, Commander of the Strategic Leadership and Supervisor of Military Industrialization, Rear Admiral Staff Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa Mujahid, Commander of the Navy, and Major-General Nihad Shaheen, Head of the Alexandria Port Authority, the Dry Dock and the Mechanical Quarry, where maintenance and repair of locomotives are carried out, and marine units.
The Minister inspected a number of workshops related to technical and marine works, such as car repair and equipment workshops, forging and manufacturing workshops, as well as the marine services-butt development project Provision and firefighting for locomotives and marine units operating on the quay.
He then went to the Egyptian Company for the Repair and Construction of Ships affiliated with the Maritime Industry Organization, where a plan for its development was revised in the implementation of the political leadership’s prescriptions to restore the strength of the Egyptian merchant navy. .
The development plan includes the development of workshops for the manufacture and maintenance of ship parts and their equipment with the necessary equipment to keep up with the latest developments in the field of ship manufacturing and maintenance in terms of (cutting machines – metal bending and forming machines rollers) of different sizes – welding equipment of all kinds – fixed and mobile cranes within the workshops, dry docks, docks Floating to receive all marine units of all lengths and payloads.
The development contributes to the advantage in increasing the marine units owned by the bodies attached to the Ministry of Transport and others to carry out maintenance and repairs to them, carried out by foreign companies, and the possibility of new marine units for the bodies attached to the Ministry of Transport and others with the participation of these companies and the development of repair and shipbuilding services for ships visiting the ports of Egypt.
As well as providing the expenditure of repairing and building marine units and increasing the technical efficiency of workers and the weight of their skills and experiences due to friction with companies engaged in the field of ship repair, maintenance and construction in addition to construction work. marine units with different tonnages to serve the different sectors operating in the maritime field, including (sea locomotive tensile strength of 70 tons and more – boats Steering – Discount boats – Pollution control boats of all kinds), Ro-Ro and casting vessels to tonnage of more than 50 000 tons and lengths greater than 200 meters, as well as the manufacture and supply of spare parts for marine units that are built, repaired and maintained.
The Minister emphasized that the restoration of the strength of the Egyptian commercial fleet will be achieved through the establishment of serious partnerships between the state and the private sector and the exploitation of the capabilities of the current infrastructure of the state to build all marine units, develop and maintain. serving Egyptian ports in Egyptian industry.
Subsequently, the Minister of Transport inspected the implementation of the national project of the Tahya Misr multi-purpose station in the port of Alexandria TMT, in the presence of representatives of the Egyptian Group for Stations, project consultants and executives of the executive companies. And the successive dates of the arrival of other equipment to the station’s ground. The information technology system of the station and its operating dates were explained, with an explanation that 100% of the requirements for the test operation of the general cargo area were prepared.
The executive companies and the project consultant also presented the timeline for utilities, service and administrative buildings, the position of dredgers, and stone protection works for sidewalks. The position of coordination procedures with the Customs Authority regarding the management and installation of radiological examination devices, customs exemption of equipment, information technology system and executive procedures taken to register the company in MTS system and withdraw a number of dealers.
The position of coordination with the Alexandria Port Authority regarding the connection of utilities to the boundaries of the station and compliance with the requirements of environmental matters by making a sewage treatment plant and coordinating with the Traffic Department regarding the equipment for the operation of the berths and linking and integrating the station’s information technology system with the Port Authority’s system has also been reviewed. The company does in preparation for the operation of the station, coordinates with shipping companies, and issues tariffs for general merchandise and cars.
The Minister, accompanied by the head of the Alexandria Port Authority, also inspected the project to establish a logistics area on the Nubaria Canal, which aims to increase the land area of Alexandria Port by establishing ‘ a logistics backyard on an area of 273 hectares linked to multimodal transport, to maximize capacity and storage space, activate river transport and maximize the possibilities of rail transport by linking to the railways currently in port, reducing traffic congestion and transfer it to the logistics. backbone directly connected to the coastal axis, where the aforementioned area according to Republican Decree No. the completion and improvement of land properties was initiated with the knowledge of the Public Authority for Roads and Bridges.
The Minister was also informed about the implementation rates of a number of other projects being implemented in Alexandria and Dekheila ports, such as the project to build bay 85/3 for the handling of timber and grain, of which the implementation rate reached 96% , which will contribute to increasing the port’s capacity to keep up with the increasing demand for timber and grain goods, with a handling capacity of 5 million tons per year, as well as the implementation rates of the project to build the salt sluice bridges , which includes the construction. of 2 overhead bridges that allow passage in both directions and the construction of 1 railway bridge that allows passage in both directions 2 containers instead of one container, as well as increasing the ease of road and railway traffic.
The project to establish a multi-purpose and container terminal at berth 100 at Dekheila Harbor was also continued. The project consists of a berth of 1800 m long, 18 m in depth and a floor area of 660 000 m2 and will be able to receive 4 ships of 240 m length and 1 ship of 400 m length.
The project aims to increase the handling and storage capacity at Dekheila Port annually by 9-11 million tons (containers) and 6-7 million tons (general cargo and grain). The project to establish a dry mass terminal at Dekheila harbor was also followed up, consisting of a quay 1150 m long, with a depth of up to 15 m. With a floor area of 200,000 square meters, it will be able to receive 4 ships with a length of 240 meters.
The project also aims to increase the capacity for handling and storage of grains and grains at Dekheila Harbor by 6-7 million tons annually to meet the increasing demand. The construction of the unclean casting station behind light farm 90 in Dekheila port was followed up at a cost of EGP 1.6 billion. The project consists of a berth of 540 m length, with a depth of 16 m, and a floor area of 188 000 m2, and it will be able to receive 2 ships with a length of 240 m.
The project is working to increase the capacity for handling and decorating unclean castings at Dekheila Harbor by 2.5-3 million tons annually for handling and 2.03 million tons for storage, in accordance with the highest environmental standards and in a manner that limits the resulting pollution from the handling of these types of goods.