Egypt's Alexandria and Dekheila ports pause activity due to weather

March 24, 2021 5:34 PM EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Alexandria and Dekheila ports, which both lie along the Mediterranean, were closed on Wednesday due to poor weather conditions, the Alexandria Port Authority said in a statement.

The ports are among the biggest in Egypt and each can handle a maximum of 1 million 20ft-equivalent units (TEUs).

High winds and a dust storm were blamed for the stranding on Tuesday morning of a 400 meter long container ship that ran aground in Egypt's Suez Canal, blocking vessels from passing through.

Four Egyptian Red Sea ports had been shut on Tuesday, also due to weather conditions, but all were re-opened by late on Wednesday, including the Ain Sokhna port, said the Red Sea Ports Authority and the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority in separate statements.

(Reporting by Ahmed Salem and Mahmoud Mourad, writing by Nafisa Eltahir, editing by Louise Heavens and Steve Orlofsky)

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