Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, talks during a news conference in Suez, Egypt March 27, 2021. REUTERS
, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, talks during a news conference in Suez, Egypt March 27, 2021. REUTERS
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree to renew Osama Rabie's chairmanship of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) for another one-year term, according to the official gazette that was published on Sunday.
Admiral Osama Rabie, 66, has been serving as the SCA’s chief as per a presidential decree since August 2019.
He graduated from the Egyptian Naval Academy, served in many senior military posts, and received many national commendations throughout his illustrious career.
Rabie had served as the deputy chief of the SCA since 2016, until he succeeded Mohab Mamish as the chairman of the authority in 2019.
He led the efforts to refloat the 400-metre-long, 200,000-tonne container ship, Ever Given, that ran aground in the Suez Canal in March and blocked trade in the international route for six days.
The container ship was freed from Egyptian waters last month after the SCA and the ship's Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen, signed a settlement agreement ending the legal dispute that arose from the blockage.