In August 2022, Hutchison Ports has announced the expansion of its cooperation with the Egyptian Government through the initialing of concession agreements to operate world-class container terminals in Ain Sokhna Port and El Dekheila Port.

Marking the event, a ceremony was hosted by His Excellency Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of Egypt and His Excellency Kamel Al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, Egypt. Other attendance included representatives from CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Terminal Investment Limited; and Clemence Cheng, Managing Director, Europe of Hutchison Ports.

Mr. Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports said, “We have been operating in Egypt for almost 20 years, and it has always been an extremely important market to us, not only because it is located at the crossroads of one of the busiest east-west trade lanes but also the young and very energetic population of the country will result in increasing demand for international trade. We look forward to working closely with the Egyptian Government to develop these port projects to their full potential to provide first class service to all the stakeholders.”

(Left to right) Fan Jue, Managing Director of COSCO Egypt; Jose Bou Malhab, Director, Business Development of Terminal Investment Limited; Laurent Martens, Vice President of CMA Terminals; Clemence Cheng; Dr. Mostafa Madbouly; Lieutenant General Kamel Al-Wazir; Eng. Yahia Zaki, Chairman of Suez Canal Economic Zone; Admiral Nehad Shahin, Chairman of Alexandria Port Authority.

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The following month in Saudi Arabia, Hutchison Ports celebrated the inauguration of the Port of Jazan City for Primary and Downstream Industries (JCPDI Port) attended by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Jazan Region, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Governor, and the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, the Minster of Investment as well as other high-ranking government and private-sector officials.

Hutchison Ports has been operating in Saudi Arabia for 22 years and the ceremony marked a new chapter for the group in the Kingdom. JCPDI Port will be a key driver of the logistics services in the Kingdom and the Middle East, due to its strategic location as the port sits on a global trade corridor.

The port consists, in its first phase, of three industrial berths, an SPM that provides services to Saudi Aramco Refinery, three commercial berths with a depth of 16.5 metres, which enables receiving modern fifth generation ships with a capacity reaching over 21,000 TEU. It can handle containers, general cargo and bulk goods, in addition to storage yards with special areas for storing and monitoring refrigerated containers.

Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports said, ‘the Group will be working closely with the Royal Commission to make Hutchison Ports Jazan a success and help JCPDI reach its full potential and contribute to the Saudi Vision 2030.’

Charlie Darazi (left), CEO of Hutchison Ports Jazan; Andy Tsoi (second from left), Managing Director of Hutchison Ports, Middle East & Africa and The Royal Commission in Jubail and Yanbu.

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Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam.

During the same month in the Netherlands, Rotterdam, Hutchison Ports and Terminal Investment Limited Sàrl (TiL), the terminal investment company of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), announced their intention to develop a new container terminal in the Europahaven, where the north side of the Hutchison Ports ECT Delta terminal and Hutchison Ports Delta II (the former APMT-R site) are located.

Both locations on the Delta peninsula are part of the new container terminal and will facilitate MSC’s ambitions for further growth. The entire terminal will be developed and launched in phases and is expected to start the first phase of operation in 2027.

Leo Ruijs, CEO of Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam and Hutchison Ports Delta II said, “We are looking forward to developing and operating the terminal together with TiL. In our plan, the new terminal will consist of five deep-sea berths with a total length of 2.6 km. We are delighted to further strengthen our presence in the region, with the goal of building an automated container terminal that offers high productivity levels and a sustainable working environment.”

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