In line with the political leadership’s directives for promoting the maritime transport system in Egypt and support national income, Egyptian Minister of Transport, Kamel el-Wazir Sunday checked work progress in a host of service projects at the Alexandria Port. Several Alexandria MPs and members of the parliament’s committee on transport joined.
El-Wazir’s tour started at the multi-purpose station in the Port, where up to 55 per cent of the construction works has already been achieved, since implementation started there in April 2020.
During the visit, the transport minister stressed the paramount necessity of abiding by safety measures out of keenness on workers’ lives, as well as strictly following anti-Covid precautionary measures.
He also underlined commitment to complete work in the station’s platforms and yards on time, by the end of the year, so that it could be ready to receive large ships during the first quarter of 2022.
This is one of the major projects of the ministry is carrying out in the field of maritime transport, the minister said.
Then, el-Wazir inspected work progress in the 500 metre-long Platform 85/3, being carried out with costs worth LE390.6 million. Up to 75 per cent of the project has been completed. The platform will handle up to five million tonnes of timber and general goods annually.
In addition, Minister el-Wazir also reviewed a project worth LE300 million for construction three bridges over the Maleh Lock, to help operate freight barges each carrying two containers instead of one at present.
The minister and the accompanying lawmakers were briefed on other projects at the Port, such as the multi-storey garage worth LE 407 million. The four-storey, five-level garage was built on a total area of 155 square metres, and was opened last year with a capacity of 4,000 cars.