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13 Apr 2014
Inauguration Ceremony for the launch of 3 new Cargo Ships
New ferry starts service to Egypt
10 Jun 2009
 
DHUBA: One of the two ferries gifted by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to the people of Egypt began its voyage between Dhuba and Safaga ports yesterday.
Musaed Al-Sudairy, governor of Dhuba, attended a ceremony at the port to mark the maiden trip of the ship, which is named Cairo. The second ship, Riyadh, will begin service in 10 days.
Accompanied by Ahmed Al-Balawi, chairman of the Shipping Company for Marine Works, and Maj. Gen. Hussein Al-Hermid, chairman of the Cairo Ferry Company, Al-Sudairy inspected the new ships facilities.
King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak launched two high-speed ferries in December during a ceremony at Jeddah Islamic Port.
Each ship can carry 1,220 passengers. They are expected to reduce travel time between the two ports from eight hours to two hours and 15 minutes. The two ships were built in Australia at a total cost of $130 million.
Cairo, with a speed of 37 nautical miles, will operate thrice weekly initially. From June 15 it will operate daily trips and from June 25 two trips daily.
Al-Hermid said the two ferries are equipped with advanced facilities. A new passenger lounge has been built in Safaga, he added.