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02 December 2019

SMI hosts roundtable with Egypt's Transportation Minister on visit to London

SMI member Watson, Farley and Williams LLP was the venue for a ports and terminals roundtable with the Egyptian Minister for Transportation, Lt General Kamel El Wazir, and distinguished delegation which included the Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Authority, Eng Yehia Zaki. 

The Minister and Mr Zaki outlined their country’s ambitious plans to redevelop the ports at each end of the Sue Canal as a major hub for international trade in the region.  A major expansion of the Suez Canal was completed at the end of 2016 and the discussions centred around the developments to provide additional container, bulk, ferry and cruise terminals supported by major infrastructure improvements to the hinterland with road and rail connections.

SMI hosts roundtable with Egypt's Transportation Minister on visit to LondonEight UK companies with experience working with overseas governments in the development of their port facilities were able to discuss their areas of expertise with the delegation and many received invitations to continue the discussions at a later date. 

The companies involved were Beckett Rankine, BMT, HR Wallingford, Mott Macdonald, Nectar Group, Portia Management Services, and RHDHV. Jos Standerwick, Chief Executive of Maritime London, also provided a summary of the global maritime services provided by his members in the City of London and elsewhere.

The roundtable had been facilitated by the Department for International Trade and the meeting was chaired by SMI Chief Executive, John Murray.


About The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI):

SMI is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.  

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