Lieutenant-General Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, affirmed that the Suez Canal spares no effort towards full coordination and integration with the Suez Canal Economic Zone within the comprehensive vision of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, by achieving optimum utilization of the Suez Canal and the surrounding area and moving towards broader horizons to achieve a better future for generations. This came during his speech at the festive activities organized by the Suez Canal Economic Zone to announce the commitment contracts for the new stations and the start of the activity of supplying ships with traditional and green fuels in East Port Said port.
The ceremony was attended by Lieutenant General Kamel Al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, Lieutenant General Ashraf Atwa, Commander of the Navy, Major General Adel Al-Ghadban, Governor of Port Said, Mr. Walid Gamal El-Din, Chairman of the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar, President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, and Mr. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Suez Canal Company. Suez Canal for containers.
In his speech, Lieutenant General Rabie praised the extended partnership and cooperation relations between the Suez Canal Authority and the international shipping line “Maersk”, as they have long-term shipping and commercial relations in a realistic embodiment of one of the successful models of cooperation based on achieving common interests and serving the international shipping community.
Lieutenant General Osama Rabie stressed that the start of the implementation of the operations of supplying the ships of the shipping line Maersk with green methanol crystallizes the economic zone’s proactive approach towards green transformation, which gives it a specificity that makes it the locomotive of future economic development in Egypt, with its promising industrial, agricultural and logistical projects that make it able to compete. similar areas.
He explained that the green economy is the future of the global economy, which prompted the Egyptian political leadership to adopt projects based on it in parallel with Egypt’s hosting of the COP27 Climate Conference last year, as Egypt sought to take advantage of all the ingredients to launch strongly towards achieving a model of economic development that targets sustainability and environmental protection in a way that drives all aspects of economic development. life for the better.
Lieutenant General Rabie stressed that the Suez Canal Authority takes into account the environmental dimensions within its ambitious strategy for development in line with the country’s plans to move towards achieving sustainable development in all sectors and in a manner that achieves compliance with the recommendations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce carbon emissions and the use of clean fuels as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Lieutenant General Rabie pointed out that the Suez Canal Authority adopts a sustainable strategy aimed at announcing the Suez Canal, the “Green Canal” by the year 2030, which is the action plan that has already started serious steps in more than one direction, most notably the continuation of projects to develop the canal’s navigational course by implementing the southern sector development project, which will contribute to Increasing the navigational safety factor and improving navigation traffic in this sector by 28%, in addition to increasing the capacity of the canal so that the project becomes a nucleus for the full duplication of the Suez Canal in the future, which will have a positive impact towards reducing fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions.
The Chairman of the Authority added that the commitment of the Suez Canal to transform into a green canal will have a positive impact on the maritime transport industry and all users of the canal from international shipping lines by calling for the conversion to green fuel and adherence to environmental safety measures based on the distinguished geographical location and the leading strategic position of the canal.
Lieutenant General Rabie touched on the measures taken by the Suez Canal Authority as part of its ambitious plan for green transformation, which relies on replacing clean energy instead of traditional fuel in operating marine units and the authority’s fleet of cars and buses, as well as converting the pilotage stations along the canal to operate with solar and wind energy.
The Chairman of the Authority concluded his speech by emphasizing the Suez Canal’s permanent endeavor to keep pace with the Egyptian state’s strategy aimed at achieving sustainable development, allowing for the optimal use of resources, and ensuring a better future for future generations by protecting wealth and resources.