CAIRO: Egypt will operate the first state-owned Nile shipping line between Cairo and Delat’s Damietta in late December, announced Minister of Transportation Saaed al-Geushi in a news conference Sunday.
The Transportation and Railway system are under maintenance, he added in the conference of Egypt International Forum for Logistics Services attended by the Ministers of Trade, Supply, and Telecommunication, Youm7 reported.
Nile shipping is conducted by private companies; in April, a Nile cruise ship carrying 500 tons of phosphate has sunk in Qena after crashing into a pillar on the Dandara Bridge.
He noted that the aim of line operation is to alleviate the pressure on the land transporation and highways, which has seen several road accidents.
According to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in April 2015, an average of 17 people died per day in road accidents in Egypt in 2014. A total of 14,403 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2014, 7.5 percent less than in 2013, according to the report.