Egypt Puts Sinai's Al-Arish Port under Military Control

Posted by Eric Haun
Monday, June 09, 2014

Egypt has transferred the assets of the Al-Arish port in the Sinai Peninsula from a civilian-run agency to the armed forces, citing national security reasons in an area where militant attacks have increased in the past year.

The decision was made last week by then-interim President Adly Mansour but only announced on Monday, a day after former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - who ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last July - was sworn in as the new head of state.

The move seemed likely to reinforce critics' concern that Egypt is returning to strongman rule three years after a popular uprising raised hopes of democracy free from military influence.

An addendum to Thursday's official gazette declared that the state's assets in the Al-Arish port and its administration were transferred to the ministry of defence and war production from the Port Authority of Port Said.

"Egypt's national security requires that the port be under the control of the armed forces due to its sensitive location," the head of the Port Authority of Port Said, retired major general Ahmed Sharaf, told Reuters by telephone.

The military could not be reached immediately for comment on the port, a valuable installation in the Sinai Peninsula amid the militant attacks on police and soldiers there.

Sharaf said the port's employees were working as usual but said he did not know if the armed forces would supplement the workers or replace them.

Sisi won the loyalty of state institutions and the media after toppling Mursi, and much of his popularity stems from his roots in the military, whose decades-long pattern of rule was interrupted by the Muslim Brotherhood leader's year in office.

But his election also triggered fears among some Egyptians that the military, with a budget shielded from public oversight and a wide-ranging business empire, would continue its dominant role in the country's economic and political life.

Sisi said during his campaign that he would not hesitate to use the military to help rebuild an economy racked by three years of political turmoil, which has driven away foreign investors and tourists.

An army-linked company run by a retired army officer was named on Saturday as the contractor for the first phase of a UAE-funded project to build 25 wheat silos in Egypt.

(Reporting by Mostafa Hashem and Mohamed Abdellah; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

SOLAS Container Weight Requirements FAQ

With new rules regarding the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed containers due to enter force, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) answers

New Connections for France, Port of Rotterdam

With the launch of a new rail shuttle and inland shipping link, connections between Northern France and the port of Rotterdam are now better than ever. Five times a week,

Mobile Shiploader Delivered to Port Metro Vancouver

Multipurpose heavy lift operator AAL has completed a series of shipments to Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) of a mobile grain shiploader to be installed at the Port’s

Maritime Security

Guinean Sailors Arrested after Clash with Sierra Leone Navy

Sierra Leone was holding 11 Guineans including military personnel in custody on Wednesday following a confrontation at sea involving the two West African neighbours' navies,

Outdated Systems Placing Vessels at Risk of Cyber-Attack

Maritime vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind, according to new research.

G7 Meeting to Tackle Sea Row in Asia Pacific

Group of Seven (G7) leaders will call for respect for the rule of law and peaceful resolution to conflicts in a joint statement to be issued Friday at the end of their two-day summit,

News

Guinean Sailors Arrested after Clash with Sierra Leone Navy

Sierra Leone was holding 11 Guineans including military personnel in custody on Wednesday following a confrontation at sea involving the two West African neighbours' navies,

Fleet Week Underway in New York

Parade of ships signals start of Fleet Week New York 2016   Now in its 28th year, New York Fleet Week has commenced, with ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast

Davie Begins First Resolve-Class AOR Conversion

Davie Shipbuilding has cut first steel for the Resolve Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel.   The project consists of converting a containership into an

Maritime Safety

Overcrowded Migrant Boat Flips, Five Dead

A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead.

SOLAS Container Weight Requirements FAQ

With new rules regarding the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed containers due to enter force, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) answers

Mount Whitney Makes History

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, made history today as the first amphibious command ship to have an MV-22B Osprey land on its flight deck, May 23, 2016.

Government Update

Overcrowded Migrant Boat Flips, Five Dead

A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead.

CMA CGM Proceeds with NOL Takeover after China Okay

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, is to go ahead with its planned acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) after receiving regulatory clearance from China,

Mount Whitney Makes History

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, made history today as the first amphibious command ship to have an MV-22B Osprey land on its flight deck, May 23, 2016.

Middle East

Danelec Bags Multiple VDR Orders in Middle East

Danelec Marine, along with distribution partner Elcome International, is to supply Danelec DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for 14 ships in the Middle East.   The

Maritime Turkey Set for a Tailwind

Turkey is strategically located, straddling both Europe and Asia with substantial number of Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea ports, thus making maritime trade and

IRISL’s New Service Makes First Call in Hamburg

Iranian state shipping company IRISL’s new general cargo service makes first call at C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal in Hamburg   During the first call by its new general cargo service,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1084 sec (9 req/sec)