zoom Terminal officials at the Port of Aden, Yemen have revealed a new expansion plan that includes putting Ma’alla Container Terminal into operation again after more than four years of suspension. According to the letter issued by the leadership of the Aden Ports Development Company (APDC) which was addressed to shipping agents, the management confirmed the readiness of MCT to receive container ships, after years of receiving small vessels loaded with pre-requisites of construction.The first agents who apply for using MCT berths would enjoy special privileges, the letter reads, including privilege of berthing priority as well as permanent berthing space at the terminal.In addition, ADPC said that it would provide professional operators to operate ship cranes for the discharge/load operations with no further charges aside to general tariff.The company said that the move reflects an expansion in business activity at the Port of Aden.“We hope to participate and contribute positively to revitalize the Port of Aden’s commercial activities and use all available facilities which will help in boosting the economic cycle of Aden City and the Republic of Yemen,” the letter further adds.
The projects are part of the nearly 970 million Sri Lankan rupees ($5.5 million) in assistance that the U.S. Department of State provided towards Sri Lanka’s demining efforts in fiscal year 2018. The US Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper visited Sri Lanka from June 2 through 5 to discuss security cooperation and assess the progress of U.S.-funded demining programs, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.Assistant Secretary Cooper traveled to the Eastern Province to observe demining operations and meet with project beneficiaries. “The United States is proud to partner with Sri Lanka in reaching its goal to become mine-impact free by 2020. Landmine removal is just one aspect of how the U.S.-Sri Lanka security partnership contributes to the safety of all Sri Lankans,” said Assistant Secretary Cooper. “President Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy underscores the importance of sovereign nations working together to advance shared interests. We respect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and independence and look forward to continuing our bilateral cooperation.” Since 2002, the United States has provided more than 9.5 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($56 million) to clear explosive hazards in Sri Lanka.U.S. funding advances clearance efforts in nine districts affected by landmine contamination and currently supports more than 650 de-mining jobs across the Northern and Eastern Provinces.