Egypt reopens Mediterranean ports after three-day closure

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Jan 2020

Bad weather had forced a three-day closure of the main ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean coast

Mediterranean ports
A file photo of Egypt's Alexandria port (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt reopened on Thursday the harbours of the two major ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean Sea, which had been shut due to bad weather, the Alexandria Port Authority said.

The harbours were shut on Monday due to high waves and wind speeds that reached levels that "do not allow the safe movement of boats." The loading and unloading of docked vessels continued despite the closure.

Improved weather conditions now allow the entry and exit of ships at the ports, port authority spokesman Reda Ghandour said.

The port authorities ordered docked ships to enter the harbours according to their mooring order, he added.

The coastal city of Alexandria has been witnessing bad weather and heavy rain for days.

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