Suez Canal Authority
Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, stated that the navigation traffic in the canal is regular and was not affected by bad weather, as the Suez Canal succeeded, yesterday, Saturday, in completing the transit of 89 ships with a total net tonnage of 5.3 million tons. in both directions, with a total net tonnage of 6 million tons, which is considered a certificate of confidence in the authority’s ability to manage the navigational course in the most difficult climatic conditions, in light of its advanced technological systems to monitor navigation and distinguished competencies and expertise in piloting and organizing navigation traffic.
The head of the authority pointed out that the navigation movement in the canal is witnessing, on Sunday, the resumption of the transit of the cargo ship XIN HAI TONG 23 in the canal within the convoy of the south, after completing its repairs with the knowledge of the ship’s crew and ensuring its seaworthiness.
The head of the authority stated that the results of the comprehensive examination prepared by the authority’s marine rescue team on the technical condition of the cargo ship in the Suez Ghat area confirmed the safety of the ship’s rudder and propeller and that there was no objection to resuming its sailing in the canal again.
Lieutenant General Rabie emphasized that navigation emergencies are something that can occur in all navigational channels and cannot be completely prevented, but work is needed to reduce its impact and deal with it properly, indicating in this regard that the incidence of emergencies in the canal is almost negligible when compared to the rates of ships crossing the canal.
He added that the Suez Canal deals with emergencies in accordance with the requirements of crisis management and the special procedures required by each case separately that require proper, accurate and immediate handling to end the problem and maintain the regularity of navigation in the canal, relying on the technical and human resources the canal possesses that enable it to manage crises and deal professionally. With potential emergencies of different types and causes, whether they are related to weather factors, technical malfunctions, or human errors.
He pointed out that organizing navigation in the canal is a delicate process that is subject to extensive study of the various daily conditions, from reviewing the weather, determining the appropriate speed, appointing guides and accompanying locomotives, as well as periodic follow-up from movement centers and guidance stations located along the canal, and placing rescue teams in a state of readiness for any emergency, in addition to What is required in emergency situations is to take some exceptional decisions, such as delaying the entry of convoys or relying on the parallel channel for the conduct of navigation.
Lieutenant General Rabie stressed that the Suez Canal has made great strides towards implementing an ambitious business strategy to improve the navigational services provided to customers and keep pace with the rapid development in the global ship industry through the continuation of development projects in the canal to increase its dimensions and duplication areas, most notably the southern sector development project, which aims to duplicate the area of kilometer. 122 to 132 km canal numbering, with a length of 10 km, added to the new Suez Canal, making it 82 km long instead of 72 km, in addition to widening and deepening the southern region of the Suez Canal, starting from km 132 to km 162, numbering a canal, which is planned to be completed during the current year.
He referred to the various navigational advantages offered by the Southern Sector Development Project and its contribution to increasing the proportion of the double parts of the canal added by successive development projects to reach about 63% of the total length of the navigational course, which in turn is reflected in the increase in the drainage capacity of the canal, as well as an increase in the navigational safety factor by 28% and increasing the capacity of the canal by 6 additional ships, so that the canal remains the fastest, shortest and safest shipping lane.
The Chairman of the Authority stated that the Suez Canal is working on completing a plan to develop and modernize its maritime fleet by adding new marine units and building salvage tugs with high capabilities according to the latest technology in the world and in line with the increase in the sizes and tonnages of ships transiting the canal, which enhances the rates of navigational safety in the canal and raises its global classification. In parallel with the efforts made to raise the efficiency of the human element, especially the authority’s pilots, by providing advanced training programs for guidance and specialized maneuvers to deal with bad weather and emergency situations at the Maritime Training and Simulation Center of the largest authority in the Middle East and Africa.
The Chairman of the Authority concluded his statement by emphasizing the high efficiency and accumulated experience of the Suez Canal Authority guides, movement management men, marine rescue teams, rescue tug crews and navigation observers, and their national and vital role in continuing the navigation movement within the Canal and ensuring the stability of global supply chains, and carrying out their tasks with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. Despite the various challenges.
It is worth noting that the navigation traffic in the canal is witnessing on Sunday the first transit of the container ship ONE FRIENDSHIP, the latest container ship belonging to the shipping line ONE within the South Convoy on its journey coming from Saudi Arabia and heading to Egypt.