Saudi Press

Saudi Arabia and the world
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024

Egypt promotes river transport to ease road congestion

Egypt’s Ministry of Transporthas earmarked around 4 billion Egyptian pounds ($130 million) for new river transport projects, as part of the government’s drive to ease traffic congestion on the country’s roads, reduce transportation costs, and reduce pollution.
A single ship can shift substantial amounts of cargo — equivalent to the load of hundreds of large trucks. Moreover, river transport facilitates connections with other African nations, particularly land-locked countries and those located in the Nile Basin.

According to the ministry, development work has been carried out the Cairo-to-Aswan and Cairo-to-Ismailia maritime routes, while the Ismailia Canal’s navigational bottlenecks have “been eliminated.”

The Cairo-to-Alexandria route has also seen enhancements, along with the river pier at Wadi Halfa port in Sudan. An important part of these developments is the establishment of the Nile River Information Infrastructure System.

Transport Minister Engineer Kamel Al-Wazir said in a press briefing: “River transport is considered one of the most crucial elements of infrastructure and distinguishes itself from other modes of transport by numerous advantages. It is characterized by its low operation and maintenance costs. It is deemed the safest mode of transport, with minimal accidents and energy consumption. In addition, it reduces emissions and is capable of carrying loads of atypical lengths and weights.”

Egypt has entered into agreements with multiple African countries, including Sudan, to bolster river transport and amplify trade exchange. There are plans to connect with Nile Basin countries through the navigational corridor project between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea.

Wafaa El-Sherbiny, an expert in transportation, told Arab News: “The state’s move toward public transport completely relieves pressure on the roads, and investing in river transport contributes to decreasing the proportion of the general budget spent on road maintenance, in addition to preserving the environment.”

She added that the move also reduces visual, auditory, and air pollution caused by land transport and lowers accident rates resulting from road travel.

“A single river unit can replace approximately 40 land transport trucks. This greatly reduces transportation costs as river transport integrates with land transport through the multimodal transport system to deliver goods and shipments from door to door, a fundamental requirement for the business community,” El-Sherbiny said.

Related Articles

Saudi Press
Iran Sentences Nobel Laureate Narges Mohammadi to 1-Year Prison Term for Propaganda
Good day, everyone! We've got a lively mix of stories today, from financial recoveries and international sanctions to...
Giorgia Meloni Comments on Israel's Conflict and EU's Stand on Ukraine Loan
Israel Plans Tactical Pause For Aid Deliveries in South Gaza
Giorgia Meloni Comments on Israel's Conflict and EU's Stand on Ukraine Loan
Over 1.5 Million Pilgrims Arrive in Mina for Hajj
Japan Considers Sanctions on UAE-Based Entities for Aiding Russia
Global Headlines: Pope’s Plea on AI, Tensions in Ukraine, and Japan’s Sanction Strategy
Houthi Missile Attack Severely Injures Sailor on Cargo Ship
Iran Expands Nuclear Capabilities: IAEA Report
Saudi Hospitality Sector to Grow by 7.5% Annually Until 2028
Ceer and Hyundai Transys Sign $2 Billion Deal for EV Drive Systems
Israel Rescues Four Hostages from Gaza
Turkish Student Arrested for Using AI to Cheat in University Exam
Saudi Arabia Dominates Global Construction with $1.5 Trillion Pipeline
Fortis Expands Fintech Solutions to Saudi Arabia's SME Sector
Saudi Arabia's Industry 4.0 Initiative and Vision 2030
Saudi Arabia's Booming Automotive Market
"Saudi Stock Market Recap: Tadawul Dips While Nomu Surges"
"Saudi Arabia's Economic Growth Soars: Gross Fixed Capital Formation Surges by 7.9%"
"Saudi Arabia Tops Global Mining Investment Rankings: A New Era of Mineral Prosperity"
"Saudi Arabia's Record-Breaking Year in Travel & Tourism: A Global Tourism Hotspot in the Making"
Saudi Foreign Minister Attends BRICS Ministerial Meeting in Russia
"Saudi Arabia's New Workplace Safety Measures: A Summer of Shade for Private Sector Workers"
"King Salman Welcomes Over 2,300 Pilgrims for Hajj, Including 1,000 Palestinians"
"A Miraculous Birth at the Heart of the Hajj: A Nigerian Pilgrim Gives Birth in Makkah"
"Camel Culture: A Comparative Study Across Three Countries"
"Oil Prices on the Rise: Goldman Sachs Predicts a Third-Quarter Surge"
"Saudi Arabia's Finance Sector Thrives: A 13% Asset Surge in 2023"
Egypt's Inflation Rate Drops Surprisingly in May
"Saudi Aramco Remains Top Company in Forbes Middle East's Top 100 List for 2024"
"Saudi Arabia's Maritime Sector Soars: A 8.09% Increase in Cargo Handling"
"Qatar's Export Growth Soars in Q1 2024: A 6% Increase in Private Sector Exports"
"Saudi Arabia Achieves Tourism Milestones: A Giant Leap Towards Global Leadership"
"Saudi Arabia's Mining Sector Soars: A New Industrial Pillar"
"Saudi Arabia's Industrial Growth: A Boost in Manufacturing and Mining Sectors"
"Indonesia Launches TB Vaccine Trials to Combat Soaring Cases and Boost Economic Growth"
Tragic Attack in Indian-Controlled Kashmir: Nine Killed, Thirty-Three Injured
"India's Record-Breaking Heatwave: A Warning from the Weather Experts"
"Urgent Update: Devastating Floods and Landslides in Northern Vietnam"
"IOC President Assures Unwavering Support for Paris 2024 Amidst French Political Upheaval"
"Breaking News: Paris Chanel Store Ram-Raid and Fire"
"Ukraine's Reconstruction Chief Resigns: A Decade of Service and Frustration"
Tragic Attack in Yargoje, Nigeria: Over 50 Lives Lost and Many Kidnapped
"Violent Clash in Central Somalia: 55 Dead and 155 Injured"
Urgent Appeal for Peaceful Dialogue: Australia's Prime Minister Addresses Israel-Palestine Tensions
"Revival in Mosul's Old City: A Journey from Daesh's Stronghold to Cultural Renaissance"
"U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Pursues Ceasefire in Gaza"
"UAE Cracks Down on Unwanted Cold Calls: New Regulations Announced"
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan Meets Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh at GCC High-Level Strategic Dialogue in Doha