[2 September 2007, Hong Kong and Alexandria, Egypt] Alexandria International Container Terminals (AICT) today celebrated the official opening of its two new container terminals at Alexandria Port and El Dekheila Port, Egypt.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Ahmed Nazif, along with Eng. Mohamed Mansour, the Minister of Transport, Gen. Adel Labib, the Governor of Alexandria, Adm. Ibrahim Youssef, Chairman of the Alexandria Port Authority, and Mr. John Meredith, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH). Together they unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. John Meredith said he was pleased with the development progress of the two container terminals and made special mention of the support given by the Government of Egypt. “HPH applauds the Egyptian Government’s commitment to develop the Port of Alexandria into a world-class port facility to support the expanding industrial base in the region. AICT will strengthen Egypt’s position as a centre of trade in the Mediterranean Sea and serve as a gateway to international trade for the Port of Alexandria”, said Mr. Meredith.
The two terminals have been converted from general cargo facilities to container terminals with a depth alongside of 12 metres and quay lengths of 380 metres and 510 metres in Alexandra Port and El Dekheila Port respectively.
The terminal located at the Alexandria Port commenced operations in March this year. Shortly afterwards in June, El Dekheila Port also became operational.
Alexandria Port and El Dekheila Port are located on the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, about 183 kilometres north-west of Cairo, the nation’s capital.