The Hague - The Dutch container terminal company APM Terminals is working closely with the government of Egypt on the final pieces of the jigsaw that will ensure the success of Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT).
Once in place, it is set to regain its position as one of the most competitive ports in the South and East Mediterranean region. As part of Egypt Vision 2030, the Egyptian Government has made massive investments in infrastructure. On May 5, 2019, Egypt’s President, Mr. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the Ismailia tunnel, which will ease the flow of traffic and cargo from and to the Sinai Peninsula. The tunnel significantly improves connectivity between SCCT and key industrial zones in Greater Cairo. A second tunnel connecting Port Said is scheduled to open this summer.
The Ismailia tunnel, which runs under the Suez Canal, is the largest of its kind and has the capacity to handle 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. The entrances to the tunnel, in both directions, are equipped with 10 scanners to scan vehicles and trailers entering the tunnel. They have the capacity of scanning up to 250 vehicles per hour. Six of these 10 lanes will be completely dedicated to trucks and trailers.