Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), announced the arrival of the “Fakhr Al-Qanah” floating dry dock at the Port Said Naval Shipyard after successfully crossing the Suez Canal.
This is part of the southbound convoy in a special crossing operation, towed by the POSH HAWK tugboat, on its journey from the SANG SANGIN shipyard in South Korea. It also aligns with the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to develop and enhance the capabilities of the SCA.
The Chairman affirmed that the floating dry dock represents a qualitative leap that adds new capabilities in the field of ship repair and maintenance for large vessels and maritime units.
This comes within the framework of the authority’s strategy to diversify sources of income by providing additional services to transiting ships through the development of the external repair system and the utilization of the shipyard’s strategic location at the entrance of the northern canal.
Rabie pointed out that the new floating dry dock is the latest addition to the Port Said Naval Shipyard, which already includes three other floating docks used for the maintenance and repair of ships and maritime units belonging to the authority, with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 tons.
He added that it will provide additional capabilities in the field of repairing and maintaining large ships transiting through the canal and the large maritime units belonging to the authority, such as giant tankers. The official indicated that its dimensions are compatible with the dimensions of the new floating dry dock, which has a total length of 260 meters, a width of 62 meters, and a draft of up to 18 meters, with a capacity of 35,000 tons.