APM Terminals is working with the government of Egypt on the Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). A..."> APM Terminals is working with the government of Egypt on the Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). A...">

Suez Canal Container Terminal to reinstate connectivity

APM Terminals is working with the government of Egypt on the Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). As part of Egypt Vision 2030, the Egyptian Government has made investments in infrastructure.

On May 5, 2019, Egypt’s President, Mr. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the Ismailia tunnel, which will ease the flow of traffic and cargo from and to the Sinai Peninsula. The tunnel is expected to improve connectivity between SCCT and key industrial zones in Greater Cairo. A second tunnel connecting Port Said is scheduled to open this summer. 

The Ismailia tunnel, which runs under the Suez Canal, is the largest of its kind and has the capacity to handle 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. The entrances to the tunnel, in both directions, are equipped with 10 scanners to scan vehicles and trailers entering the tunnel. They have the capacity of scanning up to 250 vehicles per hour. Six of these 10 lanes will be completely dedicated to trucks and trailers.


A new six-lane highway also links SCCT’s location on the Sinai Peninsula with key metropolitan areas in the western part of the country. 


The tunnel is expected to quickly ramp up to full operational mode. This will significantly improve truck journey times between Greater Cairo and SCCT, which are currently between two and three days, and reduce cost for the end customer. 


Around 95% of SCCT’s traffic is currently made up of transhipment volumes. Located at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, SCCT is the best transhipment hub for ships moving from South East Asia to the Mediterranean and Europe, as well as serving feeder lines in the Mediterranean and the Egyptian market. The terminal’s strategic location provides lower bunker costs for Shipping Lines calling SCCT, compared to others in the region.
Port tariffs were relaxed in November 2018, but Christensen is currently working closely with the Egyptian government to achieve further incentives that would restore the terminals competitiveness in the region and attract higher volumes. 


Currently, the terminal has an annual capacity of 5.4 million TEUs. With the anticipated higher volumes, SCCT is planning to invest in taller cranes and equipment to service larger container ships. In the future the terminal also has the potential to expand the length of its quay by an additional 450m.

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