Egypt's maritime terminal in Alexandria governorate, dubbed Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt), receiving the container ship CMA CGM THAMES on Wednesday. (Photos courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation)
The plan is in line with the country's goal to utilise its geographical location and the Suez Canal to become an international hub for trade and logistics.
The new terminal, which is still in experimental operation, is set to be inaugurated within two months.
Here are the major points to know about the terminal:
- The terminal was built to play a vital role in transforming the Port of Alexandria, which includes Alexandria’s Dekhila ports, into a regional and global hub for trade and logistics.
- It contains yards extending over half-a-million square metres and is divided into three stations (for containers, general goods, and vehicles).
- It can accommodate 12-15 million tons of goods annually and can receive six or seven large-tonnage ships simultaneously.
- The length of the station's berths is estimated at about 2,450 metres, which enables it to receive large-tonnage ships.
- The station operates with the best smart and green means of loading and unloading goods.
- The terminal will serve as a main artery of the logistical station established behind the Alexandria port.
- It is expected to contribute to raising the ranking of the port, according to Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir.
- Up to 95 percent of the terminal's workforce will be Egyptian, with some 3,500 direct and indirect job opportunities expected to be created.
- The terminal's infrastructure was built over a period of two years and its superstructure over six months.
- It is set to be inaugurated by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi after Eid Al-Fitr, slated for 21 April.
- The station is run by France’s CMA, an international company specialised in management and operation.
- The terminal will also play a vital role in Egypt’s modern transport sector as a key linking chain in the under-construction high-speed electric rail line, which will link the Red Sea Port of Ain Sokhna to the Mediterranean Ports of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh.
- The project is being implemented with 100 percent Egyptian investment, with contributions from the Alexandria Port Authority, the Suez Canal Authority, the Holding Company for Maritime and Land Transport, and the Alexandria Container Handling Company.
- As part of its experimental operation, the terminal received on Wednesday the ship CMA CGM Thames, which was loaded with about 10,000 containers.