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Operations and Crisis Center

Operations and Crisis Center

Maritime Transport Sector Operations Center

The Maritime Transport Sector Operations Center is one of the leading operations centers established at the Ministry of Transport, where it works (24/7)

The main tasks of the operations center are as follows: -

  • Continuous Follow-up with Operations Departments in the Ports.
  • Application of instructions of The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).
  • Follow-up of Egyptian vessels Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) programming.
  • Retain Full Scenarios for Port Authorities Crisis Management.
  • Receive Port Authorities Signals for Incidents and malfunctions.
  • Receive Distress Signals from Ships.
  • Prepare direction letters for ships transporting strategic cargos after official working hours and in holidays.
  • Receiving Distress Signals for Incidents of Armed Robbery / Piracy.
  • The Center is considered the contact point for the Djibouti Code of Conduct on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery.
  • Follow-up of Automatic Identification System of Ships (AIS).
  • Follow-up of Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT).
  • Participating in Periodic Meetings, Workshops and Committees Related to Crisis Management.
  • Preparation of the Emergency Events and Crises Management Committee Agenda and Meeting Topics.

The Operations Center of the Maritime Transport Sector is equipped with all means of Communication (Telephone / Fax / Internet) to be able to execute its assigned tasks efficiently.

The Center had also been supplied with modern techniques in ships follow-up: - “Automatic Identification System AIS”


Automatic identification system for ships "AIS" is a tracking system of ship-to-ship or coast-to- ship; where the ships transmission system sends basic and variable data related to the ship, then this data is transferred through VHF Band on global frequencies 161.975 - 162.025. Data sent by ships is received by receivers assigned to the system and this data is shown on ports maps using their own application software.

Egyptian Center for Automatic Identification System of Ships (EAIS)

The Maritime Transport Sector had established AIS system by installing receivers in Egyptian marine ports and connected them to the communications network of the system. Then, it transfers a live image of ships calling at seaports and those passing through territorial waters to monitor their movement and analyze all this data. This process occurs automatically in a short period of time that does not exceed one minute.

Egyptian Authorities Benefiting from EAIS System:

  1. Egyptian Port Authorities
  2. Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety
  3. The Petroleum Sector
  4. Ship owners and Agencies
  5. Suez Canal Authority
  6. Tourism and Environment

Second: Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT)


  • The long-range tracking system for vessels is mandatory since 31 December 2008 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for each of the following vessels operating in international voyages:

² Cargo Ships with a total tonnage of 300 tons or more.

² Passenger ships, including high-speed vessels, regardless of tonnage.

² Mobile offshore drilling units.

The long-range tracking system for ships aims at suppling governments with information useful in the following areas: -

²   Security

²   Safety

²   Marine Environmental Protection

²   SAR


The system allows sending ships data automatically every 6 hours as follows:

²   Identity of the ship

²   Position Report

²   Data and Time of the GPS position

Egyptian Center for Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (ELIRT)

The Maritime Transport Sector concluded a contract with the French company CLS to establish an Egyptian Data Center for LRIT system. CLS is one of the largest companies working in the field of assembling applications for the LRIT system. CLS has formerly establishment the EU system center.

The Egyptian Center for long-range tracking of ships was established in a way so as to allow its transformation to a collaborative data center that has the ability to host countries that wishes to participate in it.

Egyptian authorities benefiting from the ELRIT system

  1. Egyptian Port Authorities.
  2. Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety.
  3. Ship owners and Agencies.
  4. Suez Canal Authority.
  5. Tourism and Environment

To connect to the Maritime Transport Sector Operations Center:

Phone:                       +203 4875767 / +2013 4873620
 Fax:                           +203 4869008
email:                  -