Meqelle Docks at Massawa after Two-Decade

After a two-decades hiatus, an Ethiopian registered commercial ship dropped anchor at the Port of Massawa and is heading to China.

The 166m long and 27m high ship, christened “Meqelle,” is cruising to China with 11,000tns of export commodities from Eritrea.

The vessel that sailed from Saudi Arabia and docked at the Red Sea port of Massawa is one of the 12 cargo-ships and two container-ships named after the seats of the regional states.

Ethiopia uses the port of Djibouti to transport 90pc of its import-export commodity trade.

The vessel docked at the port on the same day that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) arrived in Eritrea for a two day visit after attending the Seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in China. Upon arrival, the Premier was welcomed by President Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea at Assab Airport.

During his stay in Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy paid a visit to the port cities of Massawa and Assab.

Ethiopia’s move to use the port of Massawa became possible after the rapprochement of the two countries back in July.


Published on Sep 08,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 958]



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