Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, received today, Tuesday, a high-level delegation of ambassadors of the European Union in Cairo, headed by Mrs. Marina Fraila, Deputy Ambassador of the European Union and Chargé d’Affairs, to discuss ways of joint cooperation, and learn about development projects in the Canal Zone, in the new Marina building. East of the canal in Ismailia Governorate.
At the beginning of the meeting, Admiral Osama Rabie welcomed the ambassadors of the European Union countries in the Suez Canal Authority and expressed his aspiration to strengthen the bonds of cooperation in light of the historical economic and political relations linking Egypt and the European Union countries,
Stressing the authority’s keenness to extend bridges of cooperation with the successful partners of the European Union countries. To achieve common interests and serve the international shipping community.
Admiral Rabie confirmed that the development operations in the navigational waterway witnessed a great boom during the past few years with the interest of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of the Republic, to maximize the use of the Suez Canal and develop the surrounding area to become a global logistics and industrial center,
Pointing in this regard to the positive return of the New Suez Canal project. Which succeeded in serving the global trade movement, by adding a new artery that raised the classification of the Canal, made it at the forefront of global shipping lanes, and preserved its leading position in the transport and shipping sector.
The Chairman of the authority added that the navigational course development projects expanded to include the construction of five garages on the new canal to meet emergencies and the development of monitoring stations located along the canal. 132 canal numbering, widening and deepening the navigation channel from the sleeve 132 canal numbering to the sleeve 162 channel numbering, which will have a great impact on increasing the navigational safety factor and increasing the capacity of the canal in that area by 6 additional ships to keep the canal the fastest, shortest and safest waterway.
Admiral Osama Rabie shed light on the efforts of the authority in managing various crises over the past two years, as the authority took the initiative to adopt a package of precautionary measures during the emerging crisis of the Coronavirus “COVID_19” and to adopt flexible marketing policies by granting incentives to encourage shipping lines to cross the canal, as he reviewed the efforts of the giant Panamanian container ship Ever Given was rescued in record time in just 6 days, and the rescue process included the development of new mechanisms such as the use of dredgers in marine rescue operations.
During the visit, the attendees watched a presentation on the new Suez Canal project and the ongoing southern sector development project, during which they watched a group of documentary films that chronicle the history of the Suez Canal and illustrate its leading position in serving the global trade movement.
The delegation of European Union ambassadors was also briefed on the latest developments in the implementation rates of the authority’s development strategy 2023, which aims to continuously develop the navigational course of the canal,
In parallel with the development and modernization of the marine fleet, maximizing the utilization of the authority’s assets and developing its resources, as well as promoting the trend towards digital transformation, in line with plans and the objectives of the Egyptian state.
At the end of the visit, Admiral Osama Rabie presented the Suez Canal Shield to Marina Fraila, Deputy Ambassador of the European Union in Egypt and the acting ambassador, who presented him in return as a souvenir.
The visit included a cruise in the new canal, a visit to the Ismailia tunnels to see the size of the achievement followed by a visit to St. Agathe Church, then heading to watch a training maneuver to simulate ships crossing the canal in the Simulation and Maritime Training Center hall.
Stated The official spokesman for the Suez Canal Authority George Safwat