• 2019 December 4 15:10

    The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT

    The opening of the new 3rd July tunnel, also referred to as Port Said tunnel, under the Suez Canal just south of Port Said last week is an important piece of the jigsaw required to position the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) as Egypt’s primary gateway terminal, APM Terminals said in its release.

    Construction of the twin-tubed, 4-lane road tunnel began in 2017. Its inauguration follows the opening of the Ismailia tunnel earlier this year and the 30th June Axis road, a 10-lane highway with 2+2 dedicated lanes for trucks.

    In the first few days of operation, the new tunnel has already shown significant improvement in connectivity to the terminal. Full export containers are completing security checks, which include passing through one of six dedicated X-Ray scanners, and crossing the tunnel in around 40 minutes. This is a significant improvement on the traditional West to East ferry crossing. Empty containers are taking around 20 minutes. Further improvements in transiting containers from East and West Egypt via the tunnels is expected as the tunnel’s management gain experience.

    With the terminals strategic location offering no deviation from the main routes on trade lanes between Asia and Europe, around 95% of SCCT’s traffic has historically been made up of transhipment volume. “The new tunnel, built to internationally recognised security standards, provides a fast connection to the highly populated districts in the Nile Delta and key industrial zones in Greater Cairo, also making SCCT a cost-effective option for import and export customers,” said Mr. Lars Vang Christensen, CEO of SCCT.

    The new Port Said tunnel has already helped reduce congestion at existing access points, providing increased flexibility. The Ahmed Hamdy Tunnel was traditionally used for import consignments and the ferry from West to East for exports. Both these routes, in the past, had experienced occasional congestion leading to delays in trucks turnaround time. Faster access and reduced waiting times should now significantly reduce trucking costs and therefore lower costs for the Egyptian consumer supply chain when using SCCT.

    The new 2.8km-long Port Said tunnel has four, 3.75 m wide lanes, and a height restriction of 4.6m metres, making it suitable for all types of dry and reefer containers, standard and high-cube containers. Current operating hours for the tunnel are between 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs until all processes have been fine-tuned. Discussions are ongoing with relevant authorities regarding night shift operation of the tunnel. This is important to support the terminals 24 hours per day, seven-days-per-week operations.

    SCCT currently has an annual capacity of 5 million TEU. With the anticipated higher volumes, SCCT is currently considering several options to invest in taller cranes and equipment to cater more volumes and activity in Port Said East Port.

    Recent tunnel investments are part of the broader Government of Egypt Vision 2030, which focuses on creating jobs and a balanced market economy that is competitive on the world stage.




2020 January 25

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2020 January 24

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17:42 First ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Rostock
17:40 Engineering troops to develop a plant for desalination of water in the Arctic
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16:52 Carnival Mardi Gras floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard
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14:03 The Grande Houston delivered to the Grimaldi Group
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2020 January 23

19:00 Chembulk Tankers announces management changes
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16:05 The AUTOSHIP project receives funding of almost Euro 20.1 mln
15:21 probunkers signs LOI with Hyundai for the construction of two LNG bunker vessels
15:16 Perspectives for containers and ro-ro market discussed in Berlin
14:40 New intermodal train connection arranged from Luxembourg
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2020 January 22

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