Published: 2018-10-24 17:19
Last Updated: 2018-10-24 20:59
General Manager of Aqaba Company for Ports Operations and Management (APMS), Mohammad Mubaideen, stated that the news about the Port of Aqaba's closure was incorrect.
Mubaideen said that the work in Aqaba port is going as normal and that the arrival of large-sized ships carrying heavy equipment is processed as usual, stressing that the port is functioning normally and according to its scheduled program.
Earlier on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the wind speed was of 28-31 knot and the tides were surging at four-meters-high. Something that made the Red Sea Ports Authority to announce a temporary closure of Nuweiba Port in south Sinai for the same reason.
However, according a naval source, the Port of Aqaba was scheduled to close for four hours due to the bad weather conditions in the Red Sea area. The same source also stated that ships and boats received a weather warning and were requested to return to shore, adding the port was expected to reopen once the weather calms down.
Mubaideen affirmed that weather conditions in the port of Aqaba have not caused any problems and that ships and cargos were handled as usual. The department managing all operations at the Port is on alert to monitor the weather and ensure the safety of all ships, he added.
The weather is set to get colder on Thursday and Friday, with predictions of rain and thunderstorms in different parts of the country.