Exciting project: Egypt's first dry port is set to to take pressure off the country's seaports. Image: DB Schenker
DB Schenker is a participant in the operation of Egypt’s first dry port – which will be the biggest facility of its kind throughout Africa. The hub being built in the 6th of October City outside the gates of Cairo is scheduled to become operational in 2022 and have the capacity to handle 720 TEU (20-Foot Equivalent Units) per day. This equates to a total of about 250,000 TEU per year.
The dry port project has been pursued by a strategic cooperative venture that also comprises two other partners: Egypt‘s
leading rail cargo service provider 3A International and El Sewedy Electric. Together with this company, DB Schenker is already running a dual education program for aspiring logistics specialists. Moreover, during the tender phase which had extended over almost two years, DB Schenker called on the expertise of Moll Logistics Consultancy. The project will not least serve to further reinforce DB Schenker‘s status as a first mover in the Middle East Africa (MEA) region.
The new facility will utilize the existing rail links between 6th of October City and Alexandria. It is intended to relieve the pressure particularly on Alexandria, Egypt’s most important and most congested sea port – and resulting in reduced lead times for international transport runs as one tangible benefit for customers.
“The 6th of October dry port project reaffirms our commitment to Egypt, its economy and its logistics ecosystem,” said Khaled Morsy, CEO of Schenker Egypt. The dry port is expected to create about 3,500 direct and indirect jobs. Apart from a loading and unloading station for containers, the dry port will also be equipped with modern communication and control as well as UV inspection systems, along with a solar energy system for generating electricity.