Greece and Egypt to Establish Closer Maritime Ties

Greece and Egypt intend to establish closer shipping ties with the creation of a new sea freight route between the ports of Volos in Greece and Alexandria in Egypt.

The first day of the work of the Joint Committee on Maritime Affairs between Greece and Egypt, in Alexandria, was completed with significant success on May 29.

The Greek-Egypt Joint Committee on Maritime Affairs met in Alexandria with the participation of senior officials from the Greek and Egypt side.

Commenting on the meeting, the Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Christos Stylianides, posted on X, “Greece and Egypt will continue to expand their fruitful cooperation based on our common priorities in the international maritime arena and within the IMO.”

The aim of the meetings, which began last week, is to further promote cooperation to achieve mutual benefit in the maritime transport between the two countries, on the basis of the 1981 Maritime Transport Agreement.

In the meetings between the Greek and Egyptian sides, it was decided the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, within the framework of memorandums of cooperation signed in the port sector, for the creation of a connection with Ro-Ro vessels and commercial connectivity between Greek and Egyptian ports.

Greece and Egypt to Establish Closer Maritime Ties

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the ports of Alexandria and Volos for the establishment of a regular passenger and freight connection.

It was agreed to establish a communication channel with the aim of bringing together the ports concerned and the competent ministries of the two countries to discuss areas of mutual interest in the port sector and to facilitate maritime trade.

An Initial Agreement was adopted on the Final draft of a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the ports of Egypt (Alexandria, Port Said), Cyprus (Limassol) and Greece (Piraeus, Thessaloniki), to be signed at ministerial level at the next Tripartite Summit in Cairo, in the second half of this year.

It was agreed to deepen cooperation in the field of maritime tourism and leisure, by establishing a joint dialogue to encourage cruise lines at bilateral (Greece – Egypt) and tripartite level (Greece – Egypt – Cyprus).

It was agreed to explore possibilities for strengthening cooperation in the field of education and training of seafarers between the maritime administrations and education and training academies of the two countries.

The existing cooperation and the effort to coordinate positions in the international maritime bodies and in particular in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) were confirmed.