APM Terminals, the majority shareholder of the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), in partnership with the Egyptian government and local authorities, recently completed a dredging project within the Port Said East’s side channel and port basin.
SCCT said in its latest release that they are now fully able to accommodate ultra-large container ships (ULCS), including the Maersk Triple-E class vessels.
One of these giants, the 18,300 TEU capacity Mette Maersk, already visited SCCT last week and became the second Triple-E class vessel to call an Egyptian port. Mette’s sister ship, Maren Maersk, became the largest vessel ever to call a terminal in Egypt, when it arrived for a trial visit to SCCT in February.
“With 2,400 meters of quay with a depth of 17.5-18.5 meters, and after putting into operation six Triple-E class-compatible cranes, we are able to accommodate the world’s largest container ships, of up to 400 meters in length, at a maximum depth of 17 meters,” said SCCT Terminal Manager Jan Buijze.
“In partnership with the Egyptian Government, we are transforming Port Said East into a strategic container handling axis for the region,” added SCCT Director of Public and Government Relations, Hany Al Nady.
A total of $850 million has been invested at SCCT since the facility opened in 2004, the company said in its announcement.