Egypt re-opens Port Tawfiq-Jeddah line after 14 years

CAIRO: The Egyptian Red Sea Ports Authority has declared the re-opening of the Port Tawfiq-Jeddah route line among Egypt and Saudi Arabia following a 14-year rest.

Before 2006, Port Tawfiq was a private sea port for voyagers among Suez and Jeddah.

The line was suspended in that year, in any case, after the sinking of the ship Al-Salam Boccaccio 98. Around 1,000 individuals passed on in what was depicted as one of the most exceedingly awful sea mishaps in history.

The greater part of the travellers were Egyptian nationals working in Saudi Arabia, while others were pioneers returning home from Hajj.

Malak Youssef, representative for the Red Sea Ports Authority, disclosed to Arab News that the catastrophe has caused a great part of the traveller traffic between the two ports to go to a halt. The Red Sea Ports Authority and Maritime Safety Authority have been in talks as of late about the reviving of the line, he said.

The choice, as indicated by Youssef, will draw in organizations and speculators, and will help exchange. The Tawfiq line will be given up to six vessels.

The meeting rooms of Port Tawfiq can suit 2,500 travellers. A progression of police checks will be actualized to guarantee the security and wellbeing of travellers.

Suez MP Abdelhamid Kamal had presented a demand to the head of Parliament in Cairo to consider the re-opening of the Suez route line. The conclusion had denied Hajj and Umrah voyagers and informal or unlicensed specialists of a critical route.

“Working the port is one of individuals’ real requests in Suez, following its conclusion in 2006,” Kamal said.

Ayman Saleh, of the Red Sea Ports Authority, said in an explanation that the task of the route line will open way to a great many employments for the young of Suez Governorate. The undertaking will likewise profit the region with the overhaul of its foundation, its docks and banquet rooms.

As per Saleh, a finishing date for the dispatch of the line has not been set yet.

The Red Sea Authority and Maritime Safety Authority are as yet chipping away at the subtleties of the reviving. “We will give administrations to the general population and give them security and insurance,” Saleh said.

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