General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SC Zone) intends to see bunkering operations at the Sokhna port begin by July 1, 2017, Platts reported quoting Abdelkader Darwish, Vice Chairman.
Darwish was quoted as saying that the authority has invited marine fuel suppliers to submit applications for bunker supply licenses at the port by April 7.
The port is seeking lube oil suppliers, as well as slops and sludge collection, with successful suppliers required to obtain necessary approvals from the Technical Committee and have an Egyptian legal entity, and be registered within the SC Zone.
Having been expanded in recent years, Sokhna port is said have the potential to become a new bunkering centre, as it is passed by about 17,000 ships each year.
The port has nine berths with a combined length of 2,800 meters in a water depth of 17 meters, is located at the heart of the key East-West trade route.