Transit Station for Chinese Goods in Tripoli Port

Transit Station for Chinese Goods in Tripoli Port

Friday, 24 August, 2018 - 08:30
View of Tripoli neighborhoods (Joseph Eid – AFP)
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
China began activating the Silk Road on Thursday, with the arrival of a large container ship to the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon. The port of Tripoli, according to officials, will be transformed upon the opening of the sea line between Lebanon and China, to a main port of transit in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean.

The official Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported on Thursday that the giant container ship, Beijing Bridge, belonging to CMA CGM International, had reached Tripoli’s outer port basin. The vessel crossed the Suez Canal from China to Tripoli International Port.

The ship is 295 meters long, 32 meters wide and 14 meters deep. Some 800 TEUs will be unloaded.

The Tripoli Port manager, Dr. Ahmed Tamer, confirmed that the port of Tripoli would be transformed after the opening of the maritime line between Lebanon and China to a central port of transit in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean.

He pointed out that every two weeks or less, the port would receive a giant ship of this type loaded with goods, to be distributed in the Lebanese market or to be transferred to other countries.

“This will make the port of Tripoli an international port and a transit station,” he said.

Tamer said that the modernization and development of the port helped activate the commercial movement in the city’s markets and neighborhoods, creating job opportunities for many young people and helping attract investors.

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