CAIRO: A number of Red Sea ports were closed Wednesday evening due to lack of visibility caused by a sandstorm blowing across the country and affecting maritime navigational activities.
The Red Sea Ports Authority (RSPA) closed four ports in Suez on Wednesday “due to bad weather and wind speeds that reached 25 knots,” RSPA spokesperson Abdel-Rahim Mostafa was quoted by Youm7.
“The ports seeing suspensions of maritime movement are; El Adabeya for goods shipment, Sokhna for containers, Zaytat petroleum port, and Port Tawfik for passengers,” said Mostafa.
The late winter and early spring in Egypt are generally marked by ‘Khamsin’; a sandstorm that blows from the desert towards the eastern Mediterranean, and peaks around Easter.
As a precautionary measure to prevent ships from colliding with each other, Mostafa said that Nuweiba port in Sinai was also closed Wednesday evening after wave height reached four meters.
An operation room has been formed to follow up with weather conditions, Mostafa said, adding that the ports will reopen after weather improves.