Suez Canal Transit

There are Two S.C. convoys each day as follows

Starts at 0400 hrs till 0830 hrs at Km. 160 and consists of one group of vessels.

Vessels ahead of the convoy:

Warships, passenger ships, car carriers, RoRo, container ships with a tonnage over 60000 SC.G.T. or draught over 42 ft., vessels and tankers in ballast with a tonnage over 60000 SC.G.T

Vessels at the tail of the convoy:

L.P.G and L.N.G vessels loaded or ballast-N.G.F, tankers and bulk cargo ships with draught over 44 ft.

Northbound convoy has a free run from Suez till Port-Said. The first ship ahead of this convoy regulates her speed to meet the last ship from southbound convoy at ballah (K.m. 54.770)

Starts from 0330 hrs to 0800 hrs and consists of 3 groups of vessels as follows:

Group A:

Vessels anchored in the Northern Anchorage Area consisting of container ships of draught over 42 ft., VLCCs, ULCCs in ballast over 42 feet draught, L.P.G., L.N.G., and N.G.F. vessels in ballast or loaded. This group will enter through Port Said Eastern Approach channel.

Group B:

Vessels in Port Said harbor, This group will enter the Canal in due time to join group A at Km. 17.

Group C:

Vessels anchored in Southern Anchorage Area will enter through Port Said western channel in due time to join Group B at Km. 17.

Vessels ahead of the convoy:

Warships, passenger ships, car carriers, RoRo, container ships with a tonnage over 40000 SC. GT.

Vessels at the tail of the convoy:

L.P.G and L.N.G vessels loaded or ballast-N.G.F, tankers and loaded bulk cargo ships with draught over 44 ft., .

This convoy has a free run from Port Said till Suez and passes through western channel from k.m. 51 till k.m. 122.

Limit Time of Arrival to Join Convoys:

The limit time for arrival to join the convoys will be based on passing the following latitudes, and also to be declared by agents and ready for transit:

South of Lat. 31 28 .7 N: This Lat. is limited by Long. 32 00 .27 E & Long. 32 37 .43 E

Southbound Convoy

The limit time is 2300 hrs for the southbound convoy.

Ships arriving after 2300 hrs till 0000 hrs. can join the southbound convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 12500 SDR.

Ships arriving after 0000 hrs till 0100 hrs can join the southbound convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR.

Ships arriving after 0100 hrs may join the southbound convoy, against the payments of a surcharge equals to 12% of the normal transit due s with a maximum of 30000 SDR if the convoy situation permits.

The limit time of container ships berthing at Port Said eastern port to join the southbound convoy will be as follows:-

The limit time for ships to be ready for transit is up to 0000 hrs.

Ships can join the convoy from 0000 hrs till 0100 hrs against additional dues of 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR.

Ships can join the convoy after 0100 hrs against surcharge of 12% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 30000 SDR if traffic conditions permit.

Both the agency and ship’s master have to notify Port Said control office that loading and unloading operations have been completed and ship is ready to transit the Canal; additional dues shall be applied accordingly.

North of Lat. 29 42 .8 N: This Lat. is limited by Long. 32 23.1 E & Long. 32 41 .5 E

Northbound Convoy:

The limit time is 2300 hrs. for ships that are allowed to join the convoy.

Ships arriving after 2300 hrs till 0000 hrs can join the convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 12500 SDR.

Ships arriving after 0000 hrs until 0100 hrs can also join convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR.

Vessels arriving after 0100 hrs may join the convoy, if traffic conditions permit, against the payment of a surcharge equal to 12% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 30000 SDR.

SDR / SCNT

Vessel Type

SC Net Tonnage

First 5000

Next 5000

Next 10000

Next 20000

Next 30000

Next 50000

Rest

L.

B.

L.

B.

L.

B.

L.

B.

L.

B.

L.

B.

L.

B.

1

Tankers of Crude Oil

7.88

6.70

5.58

4.74

4.22

3.59

2.09

1.78

1.80

1.53

1.55

1.32

1.52

1.29

2

Tankers of Petroleum Products

7.88

6.70

5.58

4.74

4.22

3.59

2.80

1.78

2.74

1.53

2.47

1.32

2.38

1.29

3

Dry Bulk Carriers

7.88

6.70

6.02

5.12

4.76

4.05

1.74

1.48

1.53

1.30

1.44

1.22

1.38

1.17

4

LPG Carriers

7.88

6.70

5.70

4.85

4.22

3.59

3.43

2.92

3.00

2.55

2.80

2.38

2.80

2.38

5

LNG Carriers

7.88

6.70

6.13

5.21

5.30

4.51

4.10

3.49

3.80

3.23

3.63

3.09

3.53

3.00

6

Chemical Carriers & Other Liquid bulk Carriers

8.24

7.00

6.37

5.41

5.08

4.32

3.70

3.15

3.30

2.81

3.10

2.64

3.05

2.59

7

Containerships

7.88

6.70

5.41

4.60

4.20

3.57

2.94

2.50

2.73

2.32

2.15

1.83

2.05

1.74

8

General Cargo Ships

7.88

6.70

6.08

5.17

4.24

3.60

3.18

2.70

3.08

2.62

3.03

2.58

2.97

2.52

9

Ro/Ro Ships

7.88

6.70

5.86

4.98

4.56

3.88

3.29

2.80

3.08

2.62

2.97

2.52

2.86

2.43

10

Vehicle Carriers

7.88

6.70

5.41

4.60

4.05

3.44

2.89

2.46

2.73

2.32

2.15

1.83

2.05

1.74

11

Passenger Ships

7.88

6.70

5.54

4.71

4.56

3.88

3.23

2.75

3.18

2.70

3.08

2.62

2.97

2.52

12

Special Floating Units

8.55

5.66

5.09

3.61

3.40

3.08

2.97

13

Other Vessels

8.24

7.00

5.55

4.72

4.67

3.97

3.40

2.89

3.29

2.80

3.08

2.62

2.97

2.52

Rates of transit dues to be applied from 1st may of 2015.

-Ballast product tankers are to be charged at the same rate of ballast oil tankers .
-Ballast chemical / oil tankers are to be charged at the same rate of ballast oil tankers .
-Loaded combined carriers are to be charged according to the kind of cargo, In case of carrying more than one type of cargo such carriers are to be charged at the rate of petroleum products tankers.
-Ballast combined carriers are to be charged at the rate of ballast dry bulk carriers.

The currencies accepted for the payment of transit dues are:

  • U.S Dollar (USD)
  • Pound Sterling (GBP)
  • Euro (EUR)
  • Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • Canadian Dollar (CAD)
  • Swedish Krona (SEK)
  • Danish Krone (DKK)
  • Norwegian Krone (NOK)
  • Swiss Franc (CHF)
  • Chinese Yuan(CNY)