CAIRO - 9 September 2023: Head of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Walid Gamal El-Din, revealed that the zone has received more applications from companies wishing to participate in ship bunkering operations in the ports affiliated with the Suez Canal Economic Zone, whether with fossil fuels or green fuels, and these are scheduled to be announced soon.
“We are currently working on supplying ships with traditional fuel, and last week we conducted the first fueling operation with green methanol,” Gamal El-Din said, adding that Egypt is witnessing a recovery in maritime services after years of absence, and this will increase opportunities for factories to provide the green methanol needed to fuel ships passing through Egyptian ports.
Gamal El-Din explained that the ship supply activity is only the beginning of consolidating the concept of marine services, which is no less important than the supply activity, which maximizes the added value of the ports belonging to the Suez Canal Economic Zone.
The General Authority for the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal celebrated, two weeks ago, a number of achievements and projects related to the port of East Port Said, foremost of which was the success of the first container ship supplying green fuel in the world in a port in the eastern Mediterranean, which enhances the importance of the port in the global trade movement and the field of containers, which qualified the port for the first green supply operation last August 18.
Walid Gamal El Din, Chairman of the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, confirmed that the Authority succeeded in adding a ship bunkering service, and the ports of Port Said had a great credit in this success.
West Port Said Port also succeeded in supplying 6 ships with about 6,660 tons of fuel, and the first operation to supply a container ship with green fuel “methanol” was successful in East Port Said Port on August 18, which is the first of its kind in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East.
The Authority signed 23 memorandums of understanding for the production of green fuel, 9 of which were signed during COP 27 with various international and international companies.
The first projects were launched from Sokhna and even the Middle East region, with the President of the Republic announcing the opening of the first green hydrogen production plant in the economic zone during the climate summit held last November.