Following the blockage of the Suez Canal between March 23rd and 29th 2021, SCA has announced it will implement plans to improve its capacity. In this sense, it recently acquired equipment intended for dredging operations.
Egypt has secured an agreement with a Chinese shipbuilding company, which has not been officially named, to acquire 5 tugboats for the Suez Canal. As the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Osama Rabie said in a statement to Xinhua News Agency.
The tugboats will each have a towing capacity of 80 tonnes. According to the representative in charge, the contract should be signed soon. He said: “We have already agreed with the Chinese company that the first tugboat would be delivered to Egypt in 14 months, the second in 20 months, and that all of the five will have been delivered within three years” .
It should be remembered that following the Ever Given incident and the losses suffered as a result of the blockage of the Suez Canal, SCA officials announced the implementation of several projects aimed at improving the capacities of the Suez Canal infrastructure.
Thus, on April 9th 2021, the SCA announced the arrival of the Mohab Mamish, a dredge of 48,000 tonnes, 216.7 meters long and 43 meters wide. Osama Rabie then said: “We have a deep cooperation with China and we are about to launch a call for tenders for the construction of a new carrier dredge, and Chinese companies are invited to submit their bids” .
The objective of the SCA is not to only improve traffic in the Suez Canal, but also to prevent any incident by putting in place an effective rescue mechanism.
Source: Ecofin Agency