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Investment To Modernize Massawa Port To Continue

The substantial investment being made to modernize the Massawa Port would continue in an enhanced manner so as to conform with the major development and reconstruction programs across the nation, stated Dr. Araya Tsegai, general manager of Massawa Port Authority.

Massawa, 12 March 2011 – The substantial investment being made to modernize the Massawa Port would continue in an enhanced manner so as to conform with the major development and reconstruction programs across the nation, stated Dr. Araya Tsegai, general manager of Massawa Port Authority.

He told ERINA that special attention has been given to the task of strengthening material and human capacity so as to meet the demand that continues to grow from year to year.  Dr. Araya further pointed out that on the top of the newly introduced cranes, two cranes that were damaged and out of function for long time have been renovated and are already began service.  

He noted that the construction of a jetty in Hirgigo at an expenditure of 500 million Nakfa for docking ships with the capacity of loading 50,000 tones of oil is expected to be finalized this year. This and other accomplishments would expand the activities of the Port in multifold, he added.

Moreover, Dr. Araya said that efforts are being made to create conducive ground for veterans who worked for a long time in the port to share their experience with young employees, in addition to familiarizing them with the operation of the newly introduced modern equipments and marine journey management.  To this end, consultations are underway with the College of Science and Marine Technology, he elaborated.

Reports indicated that shipping activities in the port has increased by 71% in 2010 compared to last year, and that about 540,000 tones of solid and liquid commodities were unloaded. 

The activities of the office entrusted with the task of speedily distributing the commodities imported via the port to the concerned party are also under continued review so as to ensure work efficiency.

Dr. Araya noted that on top of the project of constructing the second major port by the Government, the Massawa Port Authority’s main future work plans would focus on putting in place tag boats for docking big ships and installation of cold storage facility for preserving the quality of unloaded commodities, as well as building competent manpower.

 

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