Jordan's port of Aqaba has reached a peak of activity greater than that before the Middle East war in 1967.
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SV Monrovian ship alongside
CV Cartons of foodstuff on dockside
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Background: Jordan's port of Aqaba has reached a peak of activity greater than that before the Middle East war in 1967.
The port, on the Gulf of Aqaba, is situated 200 miles (322 kms) by road from the capital of Amman.
A new record was reached in mid-May when eight ships were at anchor or berthed at the port in one day.
Three vessels were unloading goods, two were berthed at the phosphate wharf waiting to load phosphate, and three more were at anchor waiting to unload.
The ships were from Liberia, Germany, Greece, Britain, Somalia and Japan.
Imports they were carrying included flour, sugar, mechanical equipment and parts, cars, milk, coffee and canned foodstuffs.
In the first 12 days of May, 14 ships used the port -- double the number for the same period last year.
During April, port authorities said 96,289 tons of imports and 66,000 tone of exports were handled at the port.
As the country's only economic sea outlet, Agaba port handled 100,000 tons a month in 1966, and has since been the subject or a special improvement programme, with the accent on extensions and road development.
SYNOPSIS: Ships lie at anchor in the Jordanian port of Aqaba... at present enjoying record activity. ??? On one day in mid-May, eight vessels were berthed or at anchor. It was the biggest-ever day for the port... busier then before the Middle East war in 1967.
The ships, from Liberia, Germany, Greece, Britain, Somalia and Japan, carried flour, sugar, mechanical equipment and parts, cars, milk, coffee and canned foodstuffs.
As the country's only economic sea outlet, the port has been the subject of a special improvement programme, with the accent on road development and port extensions.
The port, situated 200 miles by road from the capital of Amman, has doubled the number of ships handled in the past year. During April, 96,289 tons of imports and 66,000 tons of exports went through the port. This compared with 100,000 tons a month in 1966.