The cranes, which were manufactured in and shipped from China, arrived last month and, following thorough operational checks, are now operational alongside the existing post Panamax cranes at the port’s container terminal.
Captain Ossama Al Sharif, chairman of the board of DP World Sokhna, said, “Due to its deep draught berths Sokhna is regularly visited by some of the world’s largest container vessels and the additional equipment will boost efficiency further.”
Strategically located on the Red Sea south of the Suez Canal and on the busy maritime trade route between Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Sokhna was already established as one of the region’s fastest-growing ports before joining the DP World network of terminals earlier this year. Inaugurated by President Hosni Mubarak in 2002, it was Egypt’s first Public Private Partnership and the first fully automated port.
Captain Faisal Al Qahtani, senior vice president and managing director of DP World Middle East Region, emphasised that the additional cranes are part of long term plans to continuously improve the service offered to customers at the port.
The port, which is the closest maritime facility to Cairo, currently handles 442,000 TEU’s, representing an average 20% growth in throughput since it opened in 2007.