Massawa port to resume Ethiopian cargo services in two weeks
– Assab route is not ready yet.
04 August 2018 – The Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA) announced that cargo services; transporting Ethiopian goods and commodities to and from the Eritrean Port, will officially begin in two weeks by re-accessing the Port of Massawa.
Logistic Director to the authority, Temesgen Yihunie said that a team of experts from the authority were dispatched to Eritrea this week and confirmed the newly restored port as ready for operations.
Eritrea’s two major ports, Port of Massawa in the north of the country and Port of Assab in the south, announced the completion of preliminary refurbishments and are ready to handle Ethiopia’s import and export cargos.
However, Temesgen said that the other traditional port, Assab Port, is yet to be ready for the service since related access from the Ethiopian side is yet to be completed to enable a smooth route.
According to the director, among other things, the road that stretches to the Eritrean border needs to be upgraded since it has been unused for two decades.
According to experts, the Eritrean port of Massawa is ideal for handling cargo for northern Ethiopia where there are new industrial zones being developed as well as minerals [such as potash] and agricultural resources.
Source: The Reporter