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.
GV Aqaba port in Jordan.
GVs Ships being unloaded. (2 shots)
MV PAN Unloaded goods.
GV Launches entering port.
GV Ship alongside mobile berth.
MV PAN Prime Minister Mudar Badran with official party walks along mobile berth.
MV Ship being unloaded
MV PAN FROM Transport Minister Mr. Souheimat speaking TO Premier Badran in audience.
MV Portrait of King Hussein.
MV AND GVs Mr. Souheimat addressing crowd. (3 shots)
MV Prime Minister Badran steps forward and cuts tape as audience applaud. (2 shots)
GV Ships as quayside.
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Background: 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.