New Aqaba-Nuweiba maritime transport route starts off big amid Red Sea tension

Baheya Wael , Sunday 10 Mar 2024

Tensions in the Red Sea made the first two months of the Arab Trade Line for Land and Sea Transport a productive one, helping Arab Bridge Maritime (AB Maritime) transport a record 14,000 containers between Aqaba, Jordan and Nuweiba, Egypt during January and February.



In a statement issued Sunday, Egypt’s Ministry of Transport noted that this is the company’s highest number of shipments since it was founded in 1985 as a joint venture between the governments of Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq.

The statement was released following the conclusion of the company’s 82nd General Assembly that featured the participation of transport ministers from Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq. 

According to the statement, containers from Jordan were sent along the line through Egypt to Italy, Algeria, Germany, Romania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Cyprus, and Senegal. Meanwhile, containers from Germany and Spain were sent through Egypt to Jordan.

AB Maritime General Manager Adnan Al-Abadla said that these results are especially positive in light of regional tensions that have increased operating costs of maritime transport in the Red Sea.

The Arab Trade Line for Land and Sea Transport, linking Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, combines sea, trucking, and rail routes

It is the first-ever logistics line connecting several countries from the Arab Gulf to Egypt’s Mediterranean ports on the way to Europe and America.

Egypt’s Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir said his country fully supports the line, citing its important role in increasing the volume of intra-Arab trade.

Egypt's involvement in the line is part of the ministry’s commitment to enhancing international multimodal transport centres within the context of the ongoing development of the Taba-Arish logistical corridor in Sinai.

This initiative is part of a larger effort to establish seven fully integrated international development logistical corridors in Egypt.

For her part, Jordan’s Minister of Transport Wesam Al-Tahtamouni praised the company’s role in supporting Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip by transporting more than 650 truckloads of aid since the beginning of 2024

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