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Transport Minister pays surprise visit to Algiers’ port

December 2, 2021

ALGIERS – Transport Minister Aissa Bekkai conducted, on Tuesday, an unannounced visit to the port of Algiers to inquire about the situation of the ship “Tariq Ibn Ziyad”, at a standstill since 2021, the ministry said in a statement.

During the visit, Bekkai inspected the various equipment and structures of this National Passenger Maritime Transport Company vessel, which began operating in 1995, the statement added.

This ship has been at a standstill since last May, due to technical failures and the expiration of international certificates relating to safety standards.

Mr. Bekkai insisted, in this sense, on the importance of carrying out all the upkeep, maintenance and rehabilitation operations of this vessel and the renewing its certificates, enabling it to resume its commercial activity as soon as possible, the statement concluded.