UPDATE: Egypt Egypt Reopens Four of Six Ports Shut Due to Bad Weather

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January 14, 2019

File Image: a boxship transits the suez Canal in better weather (CREDIT: © Andriy Kovach / AdobeStock)

File Image: a boxship transits the suez Canal in better weather (CREDIT: © Andriy Kovach / AdobeStock)

Egypt had previously closed four ports on the Red Sea and two on the Mediterranean due to bad weather, officials said on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the ports of Suez and Zeitiyat were shut in Suez governorate, the Red Sea Ports Authority said. Adabiya and Ain Sokhna ports, in the same governorate, also closed, a source at the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone said.

Today, Egypt reopened four ports on the Red Sea on Monday, a day after they were closed due to bad weather conditions, authorities said. The ports of Suez and Zeitiyat in the Suez governorate and the Hurghada port in the Red Sea governorate reopened as the weather improved, the Red Sea Ports Authority said. The Sharm el-Sheikh port in South Sinai was also reopened.

The ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean were shut in Alexandria governorate, said Reda Ghandour, a spokesman for the Alexandria Port Authority.

He added that loading and unloading of docked vessels was continuing despite the closures.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority said "active southwesterly winds in the north of the country are stirring sand and dust, leading to the disruption of maritime navigation on the Red and Mediterranean seas".

Reporting by Ahmed Salem

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