Japan’s NYK Line is teaming up with Bolloré Africa Logistics and Toyota Tsusho to operate a dedicated automotive terminal at East Port Said in Egypt.
The new terminal will be Egypt’s first exclusively ro-ro terminal and will be designed to enable two large pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) to berth simultaneously, on a 600m long quay. It will also have parking slots for around 10,000 cars on the landside.
The automotive market in Egypt is expected to expand rapidly in the next few years, in line with population growth and general economic development. Alexandria, which currently handles almost all of Egypt’s vehicle imports, is a multipurpose port that handles a variety of cargo and lacks storage space. Therefore, NYK expects the new dedicated automotive terminal in East Port Said, only around 200km from Cairo, will be favorably received by the market. Commercial operations at the new terminal are planned to start at the end of 2021.