Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, confirmed that the canal is safe and will remain the main artery for the global trade movement and the shortest, fastest and safest shipping lane with the arms and efforts of its sons, stressing the authority’s keenness to clarify a set of important facts, commenting on what was reported by some local and international media during their coverage of the accident The giant Panamanian container ship “EVER GIVEN” is stranded.
Rabie stressed – in a statement today, Monday – that the Suez Canal Authority has spared no effort to ensure the regularity of the navigation movement in the canal, as it professionally dealt with the delinquency crisis of the giant Panamanian container ship through its own capabilities with the help of two crackers from the authority’s dredging fleet, the “Mashhour” dredger. The Karakah “Tenth of Ramadan” in addition to 15 of the Authority’s locomotives, with the participation of nearly 600 employees of the Authority from its various departments, who were up to the event and dealt professionally and professionally.
The head of the authority explained that the Panamanian container ship’s delinquency crisis presented the world with a unique model in how the Suez Canal Authority manages crises, as the authority introduced the use of dredging in maritime rescue work, which is not recognized due to its high accuracy and observance of the highest safety standards.
Rabie sent a message of reassurance to the international maritime community on the regularity of the navigation movement in the canal as before, stressing that this accident is nothing but an accident that the Suez Canal Authority dealt with in accordance with the requirements of crisis management, and succeeded in overcoming it within a record time without resorting to options and solutions that may take a long time or result in Losses in the hull of the ship and the cargo it carries.
The head of the authority stressed that the navigation movement in the canal enjoys comprehensive insurance by land, sea and air, noting that talking about the navigational safety of the Suez Canal is not questionable or controversial. What the Suez Canal Authority has taken of measures and proactive steps in this regard is a continuous work that began in 2015 with the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the new Suez Canal project, which aimed at increasing the numerical and carrying capacity of the canal, and allowed it to receive giant ships with large submersibles, especially large container ships, and had a great impact in achieving the highest levels of navigation safety in the canal by increasing the areas of duplication that allow dealing with Possible emergency conditions in the channel.
Lieutenant General Rabie added that the projects to develop the shipping course of the canal did not stop with the opening of the new Suez Canal project. Rather, development efforts continue according to an integrated strategy and parallel steps, as the authority is working on establishing a series of giant garages on the new canal, in addition to deepening and maintaining the existing garages on the original canal to increase The channel’s ability to cope with potential emergencies.
He continued, saying: “Efforts also extend to developing 16 navigation control stations along the navigation course, providing marine ambulance services and various rescue services, in addition to developing navigation control centers in the channel’s three cities, and modernizing the authority’s fleet of marine units of dredgers, locomotives and marine launches. “.
He stressed that the authority aims during the coming period to increase its capabilities in the field of maritime rescue, by annexing a number of giant locomotives with great tugging force that keeps pace with the development in the field of maritime transport and the trend of global arsenals towards building giant ships.
The article, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority: The canal is safe and will remain the most important navigational facility in the world with the arms of its men. It was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.