• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Congestion at the port of Aqaba, Jordan's outlet to the Red Sea has been eased by the opening of a new floating berth in the Port.

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    INTRODUCTION: Congestion at the port of Aqaba, Jordan's outlet to the Red Sea has been eased by the opening of a new floating berth in the Port.

    SYNOPSIS: The problems at Aqaba started during the Lebanese civil war when several Gulf States, particularly Iraq and Saudi Arabia began using the port as their main importing centre instead of Beirut. At the peak of the congestion up to 50 ships had to anchor outside the harbour awaiting their turn to unload. Waiting time has now been reduced, but there's still some delay.

    On Saturday (2 April), the Jordanian Prime minister Mudar Badran visited Aqaba to officially open the new floating berth. It can handle one general cargo ship of about 15,000 tons (tonnes) or two cargo ships of about 3,000 tons (tonnes) and two roll-on/roll-off ships of about 7,000 tones (tonnes) each. Among the speakers at the official opening was the Transport Minister, Mr. Souheimat.

    The floating breath and its associated onshore works to ten months to complete and cost about 4.1 million pounds sterling (7 million dollars US). Another similar berth is scheduled to be opened in August, and the congestion at Aqaba is expected to be greatly reduced by that and the opening of a new normal berth in the port later in the year. The expansion will virtually double the number of berths available in Aqaba.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD84M802UOXJVGENM2B1N676BY
    Media URN:
    VLVAD84M802UOXJVGENM2B1N676BY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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