In Photos: Egypt's Arish port receives Topaz Moskva heavy load carrier in first for overhauled facilities

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Jul 2022

Arish port received on Tuesday the heavy load carrier Topaz Moskva, the first time the newly overhauled port has received a vessel of this size since its re-opening in January 2021, the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE) said in a statement.

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Arish port receives Heavy load carrier “Topaz Moskova” loaded with equipments for Al-Arish steam power station ( Photo Courtesy: Suez Canal Economic Zone)


Chairman of SCZONE Yehia Zaki emphasised the port’s readiness to handle ships of this size, saying “all the necessary preparations have been taken to receive these type of ships in the Arish port; the cranes, vehicles and the berths are prepared for unloading heavy equipment and storing them inside the port yards.”

“SCZONE’s ports are receiving different kind of vessels within the framework of our vision to develop affiliated ports as part of the new republic’s strategy,” Zaki said.

Arish port, which follows the SCZONE, is witnessing ongoing development work, including the construction of new berths.

The first berth that is set to be 250 metres long is 90 percent complete and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

The second berth is set to be 915 metres long.

The work also includes a new 1,250-metre-long breakwater that is 90 percent complete.

The work on the port is being carried out by several Egyptian companies.

The carrier, which has a gross tonnage of 3,500 tons, was loaded with equipment and supplies for the Arish steam power station.

The power station is currently operating at a 70 megawatt capacity, but the two new gas turbines that arrived Tuesday will raise the capacity to 320 megawatts as part of the government’s plan to improve the efficiency of the electrical grid in the North Sinai governorate, according to Mohamed Amr, the site manager at Hassan Allam Company,

The Suez Canal recorded its highest ever annual revenues in FY2021/22, recording $7 billion, up from$ 5.8 billion in the previous FY, according to a statement by Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairperson Osama Rabie on Monday.

The Suez Canal – which connects the Mediterranean and the Red Seas – is the shortest maritime route between Asia and Europe and the fastest crossing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean.

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