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Access channel to Suez Canal Container Terminal completed

Access channel to Suez Canal Container Terminal completed
A new 8.5km channel allowing large container vessels 24/7 access to APMT’s Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) directly from the waterway has opened in Port Said, Egypt.

Constructed in just three months, the channel avoids the need for vessels up to eight hours vessel convoys transiting the canal. Dredged to a depth of 18.5m, the route can easily accommodate vessels of 18,000 teu capacity and above, says APMT.

Along with the $8.2bn New Suez Canal project completed last year, the latest $40m project “emphasizes the key role that Egypt plays in global trade and the global economy”, SCCT terminal director Jan Buijze said at an inauguration ceremony hosted by the terminal.

Other attendees included Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Suez Canal Authority chairman Admiral Mohab Mamish, and governor of Port Said Major General Adel El Ghadban.

Other investments at SCCT include $42m for four new 52m super-post-panamax cranes with a 72m reach, due for for delivery to the terminal in mid-2016, which will bring annual throughput capacity to 5.4m teu. SCCT is also mulling further investments in general and liquid bulk operations in order to meet the needs of Egypt’s growing population.