CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail launched Saturday Egypt Delta’s first cargo transport line through the Nile River, Youm7 reported.
The new line links Cairo and the governorate of Damietta located on the eastern branch of the Nile. Ismail also inaugurated the Nile River port of Damietta.
“The move will ease traffic congestion among the Nile Delta governorates and use fuel resources more efficiently. It would also save 30 million tons of diesel used in traditional means of cargo transport,” Ismail told Youm7.
River transport is safer and more environmentally-friendly in comparison to road transport, Ismail added.
Only 0.5 percent of cargos is shipped via the Nile River, 4 percent by rail and around 95 percent by roads, according to an 2012 report issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
During the launch of Damietta port, Ismail witnessed the loading of six barges each with 1950 tons of grain.
“More than 33 trucks are needed to transport the same amount of grain,” Ismail said, noting that cargo transport through the river will alleviate the burden on rail and road networks, which cost 6 million EGP for maintenance work every year.