Update on Situation in Egypt

Update 03 – September 04, 2013 / 0909 hrs (09:09am):

Al Salam bridge, which is one of Port Said east terminal (SCCT)’s main gateways, was closed due to security concerns as of July 17.  About 70-80% of trucks calling SCCT use the bridge.  Unfortunately, authorities are not providing clear feedback on when it will reopen.  The alternative which customers are now using is to cross the canal in ferries, which have been congested as a result of bridge closure, resulting in trucking delay to/from the terminal.

As a contingency solution, we have been inducing the PSD-ALY feeder to Damietta, giving our customers more options to release their cargo from Damietta instead.  This has been well-perceived by many of our customers, so we have decided to continue with this option until Al Salam bridge reopens.

Update 02 – September 02, 2013 / 0420 hrs (04:20am): 

  • Security situation is improving and curfew hours adjusted to now be 2300 – 0600 hrs (11:00pm – 06:00am) for all weekdays except Friday which will be from 1900 – 0600 hrs (07:00pm – 06:00am)
  • Our offices are working normally from 0900 – 1700 hrs (09:00am – 05:00pm)
  • Port Said and Alexandria terminals are functioning properly with full gangs
  • Al Salam bridge, one of the 2 main gateways to/from Port Said East SCCT, is still closed by the army until further notice
  • With curfew adjustments, we anticipate gate moves to gradually improve, particularly in Alexandria

Update 01 – August 19, 2013 / 1544 hrs (03:44pm):

A state of emergency has been declared in Egypt due to the protests and violence of the past week. The situation continues to be delicate and it has resulted in reduced working hours.

Terminal operations and vessel loading are functioning normally in both Port Said and Alexandria, however gate operations are slow and limited due to land transportation security concerns. Bookings to Egypt continue and there is currently no impact on transshipment cargo.

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