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Two Egyptian ports closed due to bad weather

Written by Eric Apim on Tuesday, January 11th 2022 à 15:45 | Read 307 times

The Port of Alexandria is closed until further notice (Photo: APA)
The Port of Alexandria is closed until further notice (Photo: APA)
EGYPT. The Alexandria Port Authority (APA) has announced the closure of two Egyptian ports. In a statement, it said that due to bad weather conditions, the ports of Alexandria and El-Dekheila have been closed since Monday 10 January 2022 at 7am "until the weather improves" and "in the interest of people and goods", as stated in an APA statement.

This region of Egypt (western Nile Delta) is experiencing heavy fog and rough seas, limiting visibility. Tarek Shaheen, Chairman of the APA Board of Directors, has asked the departments concerned to regularly monitor "the weather conditions in terms of wind speed, wave height and air pressure".

The two ports of Alexandria and El-Dekheila (a natural extension of the former in the suburbs of the second Egyptian city, open since 1986), are among the largest in the country. They have a capacity of one million twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs).

In early December 2021, Egypt had to suspend all shipping activities and close the straits leading to the ports of Alexandria and El-Dekheila due to severe sandstorms. The same decision had been taken at the end of December 2017.

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