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New Damietta Terminal Inaugurated

The Egyptian Minister of Transport, Engineer Kamel Al-Wazir, announced the completion of a new multi-purpose terminal in Damietta Port today.

The multi-purpose terminal, established under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority (AFEA), includes  a 630m long, 17m deep berth and is equipped with a backyard area of 50,000m² with anticipated capacity of about 4 million tons per year, the Damietta Port Authority (DPA) said.

During the ceremony, Kamel Al-Wazir said: “This terminal will contribute to reduce vessel waiting time outside the port, increase cargo handling volumes, encourage further ship with bigger sizes and types, and buttress storage capacity inside port area.”

At the event, the minister also highlighted a number of project advantages; being equipped with all necessary facilities to serve ships and cargoes including seawater firefighting pumps, rainwater drainage, facilities for feeding ships with fresh water and supplying ships with electricity within OPS technique as well as oil and waste reception facility form ships.


Damietta Port ready to welcome bigger ships

After the recent efforts exerted by Damietta Port authority (DPA) to deepen the navigational channel to 16 meters, the turning circle and the container berths to 15.5 meters, Damietta  Port  is now ready to accommodate giant container vessels up to 14,000 TEU , and 15 meters draft.

DPA Chairman Cpt. Tarek Shahin confirmed Damietta Port is now in the forefront  Eastern Mediterranean ports, especially after being set to implement the “Just In Time Operation” on the operation of ships in the port , which aims to reach zero waiting at the port’s outside waiting area.

Noteworthy that  Damietta Port was the first Egyptian port to introduce OPS technique in providing electric power to berthing vessels. This procedure has raised Damietta’s ranking as a green port and has yielded very positive outcomes that fit in well with MARPOL Convention requirements.

Source: Container News

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Van Oord Takes Part in Damietta Port Development

Captain Tarek Shahin, the Egyptian Damietta Port Authority (DPA) chairman, hosted a meeting today with a delegation from the Dutch marine services provider Van Oord, Wadi El Nile For Contracting & Real Estate Investments and The Egyptian Ports Development Group (EPDG).

During the meeting, the parties discussed how far these three companies can work on the Damietta Port’s Navigational Passage and Turning Basin Dredging Program.

Under the plans, the port areas will be deepened to -19 meters, including the development works on port’s breakwaters – in order to cope with future expansion projects, said DPA in its release.

The representatives also talked about the possibility to manage the dredging project through a soft loan from a Dutch bank, after conducting necessary technical studies.

DPA is currently preparing the project’s tender documents and Van Oord said it is willing to join the tender, according to the official port authority’s announcement.


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Damietta Dredging Project Underway

Within the framework of ongoing coordination between Damietta Port Authority (DPA) and Damietta Container and Cargo Handling Company, DCHC is currently undertaking an ambitious project to reinforce and deepen its berths to the depth of 17m.

The company reported that the project, which is scheduled to last approximately 22 months, will be implemented in three stages with the first one already underway since October 10th 2018.

DPA confirms full support to the container company during this project, which initially starts with deepening and reinforcing of berths (3-4) totaling about 378m in length, while container handling is proceeding steadily on the 700m long berths 1-2,” the company said.

The Port Authority also added that it has allowed access to berths 6-5 as an alternative solution to ensure container handling operations are not affected by the dredging process. From the date of project start and till now container handling is functioning at normal rates.

DCHC’s work coincides with DPA’s plan to dredge the Access Channel and Turning Basin to reach a draft compatible with DCHC’s targeted figure of 17m.

The company concluded that by this DPA seeks to buttress future projects in the port through enhancing terminal competitive edge to receive giant containerships; a strategic step to keep the contracts with the shipping lines already working with the terminal and to attract further shipping lines.

Source: Dredging Today


Damietta Port to Build New Terminal

Egypt’s Damietta Port and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority last week signed a cooperation protocol for the construction of a new multi-purpose terminal.

According to the DPA Chairman, AD./ Ayman Saleh, the new terminal will have a depth of 17m, berths 630m long, and back area of 75,000m².

Saleh also said that the construction of the terminal will be completed in 18 months.

The price tag for the construction of the new multi-purpose facilities will be around $77 million.

Saleh added that this move comes in conjunction with other expansion plans for constant improvements in the service quality, particularly after deepening and dredging operations in early 2016, which led to an increase in port operation rates in terms of vessel traffic, incoming and outgoing cargo traffic and port container handling.