Long halted Suez-Jeddah navigational line to re-operate: Transport Minister
Archived picture of Al-Salam 98 ferry.
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CAIRO: A Suez-Jeddah navigational line that has stopped nearly 10 years ago will re-operate, according to Egypt’s Minister of Transport Saad el-Geoushy’s Wednesday.

Geoushy made the announcement in press statements after the meetings of the 28th session of the Arab Ministers of Transport Council held at the headquarters of the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Alexandria.

According to his statements, which were quoted by Youm7, an agreement was reached with the Saudi party on the sidelines of the meetings on the “mechanisms of re-operating the navigational line.”

The line is used to transfer passengers between both sides. Geoushy said that operations the Suez Port in passengers transfer will revive Suez City, and provide job opportunities to the governorate’s residents.

The date of the re-operation, however, has not yet been determined.

The navigational line was halted after 1,033 out of 1,416 passengers drowned in the Red Sea in 2006 on board of the Egyptian ferry Al-Salam 98. The ferry was heading from Saudi Arabia’s Port Daba back to Safaga, carrying foreigners and Egyptians working in the Kingdom, as well as pilgrims returning from Hajj [Pilgrimage] season.

Geoushy highlighted Egypt’s care to boost the transport sector. By the end of the meetings, he took the participating Arab ministers on a navigational tour in the Alexandria port.

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