China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has started construction of a new terminal basin in Sokhna Port, on Egypt’s Red Sea coast south of the Suez Canal, as part of a contract awarded by DP World. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.
The Egyptian economy has been growing at a rapid rate in the last couple of years, stimulated by overseas investment and this has created demand for additional capacity at Sokhna Port, which is operated by a local division of DP World. This year container volumes are reported to be running around 10% higher than last year, while bulk shipments moving through the port are over 30% higher than in 2017.
DP World plans to build a second container terminal at Sokhna, doubling the port’s existing 1.1 million teu annual capacity. The development of the new basin is a key part of this project, which will involve significant dredging, land reclamation and quay construction work.