Damietta Port Authority announced on Wednesday the launch of a new shipping line between Egypt and Turkey through the Black Sea.
The authority did not announce details about the return of the old shipping line of the Ruhr, which was canceled under former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb.
The container ship CLAIR-A, which sails under the Turkish flag, arrived in Damietta port on Thursday, said the statement. The ship is 184 meters long and 24 meters wide, according to the authority's statement.
Damietta Port Authority is keen to launch more shipping lines that would contribute to the export of Egypt's agricultural crops and orchards to Russia and the European Union, said Admiral Ayman al-Saleh, head of Damietta Port Authority.
The container ship CLAIR-A is the first to arrive in Damietta port in the framework of an agreement between the authority, the Damietta Container and Cargo Handling Company, the Hapag-Lloyd shipping line and the ARKAS Turkish shipping line.
A weekly journey will head from Damietta port to the ports of Turkey and the Black Sea, said Saleh.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm