Ethiopian cargo ship called ‘Mekelle’ will dock tonight in Eritrean Port


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Ethiopian cargo ship called ‘Mekelle’ will dock tonight in Eritrean Port

04 Sep 2018 – (EP) The first Ethiopian Commercial Ship will dock on Eritrean port of Massawa late at night, EP informed.

The ship, called “Mekelle” (pictured) will carry 11,000 tonnes of Eritrea’s Zinc to China with a fee of US$618,825. The length and beam of the general cargo ship are 166m by 27m. The vessel was built in 2013.

Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise said that the ship will dock tomorrow morning. However, a source told EP, the vessel will arrive tonight from Saudi Arabia September 4, at 23:00 hours.

Ethiopia has 12 cargo and two container ships built with loans from the Chinese government. All the ships are named after the capital cities of Ethiopia’s regional states.

Formerly known as Ethiopian Shipping Lines S.C. which later changed its name to Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise in 2011, was established in 1964 with two shareholders (the government 49% and a US firm 51%, which the government later bought back the 51% of the shares).

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