Mameesh and Darwish attend the SC Economic Zone conference launching the maritime services under theme:A New Era of Bunkering and Maritime Services

20 February 2017
Category SCA News

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Mameesh: “The Suez Canal Authority receives five proposals from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, The Netherlands, and Russia, for participation in bunkering service project.”

Adm. Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, and Dr. Ahmed Darwish, Chairman of the General Authority of the Suez Canal Economic Zone SCZone, witnessed, today, Wednesday, 15 Feb., an extensive conference on : “A New Era of Bunkering and Maritime Services in Egypt”. The conference was organized by SCZone at its premises in Ain Sokhna.

The conference was attended by representatives of maritime organizations and bunkering companies headed by Mr. Robin Meech, Chairman of The International Bunker Industry Association, General Ahmed Hamed, Governor of Suez, the Korean Ambassador, Admiral Abd El Kader Darwish, Vice President of the SCZone, Rear Admiral Tarek Ghanem, Deputy Minister of Transport, General Hesham Abu Senna, Chairman of the Red Sea Ports Authority, Suez Canal Authority board members and a distinguished galaxy of press and media representatives.

The conference started with an opening speech by his Excellency, Admiral Mohab Mameesh, who thanked President Abd Al Fattah Al-Sisi for his instructions to hold this conference, Dr. Ahmed Darwish, and his staff for the success of the conference for the prosperity of Egypt and its people. His Excellency added that the SCA is working hard to provide various maritime services to the transiting vessels, not only bunkering. More than 17,000 vessels transit the Suez Canal annually carrying around one billion tons of cargo. Vessels wait in the waiting areas at the north and south entrances of the Suez Canal 5-7 hours before entering the waterway and bunkering services can be provided meanwhile.

His Excellency concluded that this project shows great promise and that it will boost the development in the region for a better future for Egypt and the generations to come.

After that, Dr. Ahmed Darwish had a speech where he welcomed the attendees and thanked Admiral Mameesh for his continuous support of the General Authority of the SCZone, an autonomous body and the only one responsible for the development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone. He added that the Authority is known for its rapid decision making process and its professional way of handling investments to ensure that the provided services are the best. He said that the integrated services in the SCZone and its proximity to global markets are some of its distinct features. He concluded that world trade is currently witnessing a slowdown and wished for its fast recovery.

During the press questions, Adm. Mameesh mentioned that the SCA affiliated companies are going to have a significant role in the execution of this project, and that there is complete integration between the SCA and its affiliated companies and used the “Al Nasr” floating bridge and the Fish Farms Project, both executed by SCA affiliated companies as examples for the existing cooperation. His Excellency also mentioned that this new project is going to add to the revenues of the Suez Canal Authority, and that large vessels are going to be used as floating tanks and will be accompanied by fuel barges. This will be done in coordination with the Ministry of Petroleum and the Governorate of Suez by the end of 2017. Phase 2 of the project includes establishing a maritime services station to provide the vessels with all their needs like: food, water, etc.

At the end of the conference, Adm. Mameesh said that the SCA has already received five offers from international companies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, The Netherlands, and Russia. The offers will be reviewed carefully to reach the best decision to guarantee the quality of the provided service and the availability of various types of fuel.

The conference had a number of valuable sessions, most notably Mr. Robin Meech’s on the importance of this project and the future of this industry to Egypt and the region.

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