Northbound Convoy

Arrival LimitMasters instructionsDocuments requiredFirst time transitEscort TugsMooring/ ProjectorSpecial restrictions

 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:

 Port Tewfik: 

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

Northbound Convoy: 

      1. The limit time is hr 2300 for ships that are allowed to join the convoy.
      2. Ships arriving after hr 2300 till hr 0000 can join the convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 12500 SDR.
      3. Ships arriving after hr 0000 until hr 0100 can also join convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR.
      4. Vessels arriving after hr 0100 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.

N.B. : in all the above cases, the documents required should be produced before the passage of the vessels by the Canal office at Port Said or Port Tewfik.

Updated 01.01.2008

Master to send 7/6/5/4/3/2/1 days ETA to:

In the first ETA notice the Master should include the following information:

  • Ship΄s name (and ex name/s if any)
  • ETA Suez
  • DWT, International GRT/NRT
  • LOA, BEAM
  • Arrival DRAFT FORE, AFT, MAX. (trim not to exceed 4 ft by stern)
  • FLAG, CALL SIGN
  • Ship΄s type, condition (laden, kind of cargo carrying)
  • Flash point of cargo
  • Coming from / Bound to.
  • Ship΄s identification number registered in SCA records (SCID)
  • Suez Canal GRT/NRT per Suez Canal Special Tonnage Certificate
  • Date of last transit
  • Number of crew and health condition.
  • All Ports/Countries called the last 30 days prior arrival at Egypt
  • If carrying dangerous cargo should declare quantity, nature and IMO class
  • If disposes or requires Canal projector, stating ship΄s voltage
  • Ship΄s lifting capacity for canal mooring boats
  • If ship΄s machinery / equipment is in good working condition
  • Owners / Charterers name
  • Name of the Master
  • Any changes in ship΄s particulars since last transit
  • Declare intention to transit. If it is to wait for orders should be declared as such

IN SUBSEQUENT NOTICES TO GIVE UPDATED ETA and SCID only.

When approaching the waiting area, Master to contact by VHF foll:

  • SUEZ CANAL HARBOUR OFFICE, ch. 14 or 16
  • PILOT BOAT, ch. 14 or 16
  • DAMANHOUR SHIPPING AGENCY, ch. 14 or 16 or through Port Said Radio
  • Arrival limit time is 01:00 or 03:00 hrs

Master to declare as “arrived” when passed North of 29 42.8N or 29 48.33N (depending on vessel΄s draught) and declare separate the anchored time

Local time is : GMT + 2 hrs

As per PORT SAID PORT AUTHORITY before a vessel transit Suez Canal or arrive Egyptian Port for cargo operation, Master must send to the Agents before ship΄s arrival, by e-mail or fax, ship΄s International Tonnage Certificate (1969) and ship΄s Registry Certificate otherwise they can΄t issue Port Clearance and she can΄t transit Suez Canal or enter the Port.

On all vessels of whatever type, electric cables installations for searchlight and all electric connections leading to it must be permanently fixed, insulated and gastight (must be of 1st class marine type).

At the end of the cables, a fixed and gastight socket should be installed very close to the searchlight.

Please also forewarn Master to check identity card of any person dealing with him and avoid signing invoices for garbage/trash/refuses/dirty oil/marine charts or books and put value by handwriting on all copies.

Furthermore, Master must not sign blank forms for requirements.

Please note that by Egyptian law, Agent is obliged to settle any invoice signed by Master.

Updated 01.01.2008

The following documents and certificates should be on board ships passing the Canal:

  • Suez canal special tonnage certificate and calculation sheet issued by recognized classification society, (in absence of this certificate the SCA will charge toll on a provisional tonnage usually on grt).
  • Certificate of Registry, showing latest ship΄s name and present owners
  • GA/engine room/capacity plan
  • Statistical declaration
  • Copies of cargo manifests and bills of lading (Dangerous / radioactive cargo should be properly manifested and submit stow plan verified by a competent authority of loading port.)
  • Declaration concerning use of double bottom tanks and the lower parts of the high tanks.
  • Declaration concerning vessels in ballast
  • Declaration concerning state of navigability
  • Classification certificate
  • Piping plan and general arrangement
  • All other known documents / certificates which a seaworthy trading ship should have on board

Master is required to fill in various forms handed to him by the agent. 

Updated 01.01.2008

Following documents should be mailed to SELECT MARITIME, ATHENS at least 7 days prior to transit.

  • 3 copies of IOPP Certificate (complete)
  • 3 copies of Suez Canal Certificate with calculation sheets
  • 3 copies of GA plan
  • 3 copies of Capacity plan
  • 3 copies of Engine Room Arrangemet plan
  • 3 copies of piping diagram for cargo @ ballast system
  • 3 copies of midship section plan
  • 3 copies of Ship΄s Registry
  • 3 copies of Class Certificate

For L.N.G. vessels following additional rewquired:

  • 3 copies of Cross section plan

Forwarding address:

SELECT MARITIME CORP.

18, Agias Varvaras Avenue

Palaio Faliro, 17563

Athens, Greece

Tel: +30 210 9851188

 

Please notify SELECT MARITIME, ATHENS with shipment details (flight details, AWB no) in order to follow up delivery.

Alternatively, plans can also be handed over by master directly to the SCA inspector on arrival.

Updated 01.01.2008

In laden:

  • Under 70.000 SCNT if SCA deem it necessary or if draft exceeds 47 ft, one tug escort
  • Between 70.000 – 90.000 SCNT, one tug escort
  • Over 90.000 SCNT, two tugs escort

In ballast:

  • Over 130.000 SCNT, one tug escort
  • Ships with beam 218 – 233 ft, one tug. If beam over 233 ft, two tugs
  • Towed scrapped vessels, one tug

LPG/LNG vessels from 40.000 SCNT will be escorted by one tug (except if gas free).

If tank on deck completely separated from cargo tanks with maximum tonnage 180 ts will be considered as Gas free. Exemptions from tug escort:

  • Laden if carrying other than LPG cargo.
  • Ballast (NGF) but after a laden voyage with cargo other than LPG.
  • If in ballast must present a Gas Free Certificate issued by a recognized class or locally authorized survey bureau.
  • Loaded Semi-submersible ships carrying drillers or floating units (300 SC.G.T. and over) one tug or more tugs as decided by SC Port Office after Survey on arrival
  • Integrated Units, one tug during first transit
Updated 01.01.2008
Mooring:
All vessels transiting Canal must hire mooring boats from the Canal Mooring and Light company.
All boats are to assist ship to moor in the Canal ports, in case of need or emergency.
Ship must be equipped with lifting means of 4 Mts. capacity, with valid certificate and must be installed in a position well clear of the ship΄s propellers.
Ships with SCGRT up to 5.000 ts should hire one mooring boat.
If over 5.000 ts two mooring boats should be hired.
For the operation of mooring boats three crew (shore men) are boarding per boat.
If the vessel has no means of lifting mooring boats and ship΄slife boats are closed type, the vessel shall not be allowed to transit the Canal unless escorted by imposed tug.
Please note:
Ship΄s officers must supervise lifting/lowering of mooring boats ensuring that all safety measures have been properly taken. Ship remain ultimately responsible for any human accident or damage caused during operation for mooring boats and Canal projector.
Canal projector:
All ships passing the Canal must have onboard a canal projector placed on the axis of the bow, able to illuminate 1800 meters.
Vessels carrying petroleum products (or inflammable substances), LPG/LNG, should have their own “gastight” projector.
Vessels that have their own projector should be of approved type and have a certificate of type test issued by a pertinent recognized authority, being in accordance with the Canal rules.
Ship may be supplied with a portable projector, in which case special installation required.
The so called Floating projector weighs about 1,5 mts, and ship should provide capable means for lifting.
Please note:
Ships should supply uninterrupted electricity for smooth and continuous operation of the projector.
For safety reasons the electric cables and connections leading to the projector position, must be permanently fixed and installed. A gastight junction box must be permanently installed close to the projector.
Irrespective if own or hired projector, two shore electricians will board to operate the projector during transit.
Accommodation should be provided for them.
Ship should comply with above conditions, otherwise subject to transit during day time only. In addition, if the defects are not restored until third consecutive transit a fine of USD 4.300 is imposed.
Special restrictions
Updated 01.01.2008
Height: High bridge airdraft 68 m
Length: No restrictions
Beam: Current maximum permissible beam 254 ft 03 inch. Ships with beam over 254 ft 03 inch may be allowed to transit the Canal under special request. If beam over 210 ft the beam wind should not exceed 10 knots. (See the draft/beam table for further information )
Draft: Ships can transit Suez Canal South or Northbound with up to maximum draft 62ft with beam 164 ft. For ships of larger beam exist a comprehensive table of SCA, which provides the draft a ship can transit.(See the draft/beam table for further information )
Ships passing Canal should not exceed draft of loadline (tropical).
Important: For updated information owners should always consult their agent on this subject.
Please note:
There are special regulations concerning floating units of SCGRT 300 Ts or more depending on type of on carrying ship (container/heavy lift/vehicle carrier etc.)
Conventional ships carrying deck cargo
Ships carrying deck cargo should stow it in a manner that will provide clear view from the bridge and will not affect visibility, extra pilotage will be charged or Canal tug will be imposed. Vessels with deck cargo protruding from sides in excess of the fixed limits, are allowed to transit provided:
  • After inspection it is found that there is no problem in excess of the fixed limits.
  • Depending on the kind and packing condition of cargo on deck the chargeable Canal Tonnage may be increased.
  • Fixed limits.
  • The cargo or units on deck should not protrude more than the half of the vessel΄s breadth, on any side, with a maximum of 15 meters on each side, if the ship΄s beam exceeds the 30 meters.
Please note:
Cargo on deck, like cars, containers etc. may change classification of vessel to a more expensive Suez Canal toll.
VLCC Ships
SCA is open to applications to accept transit of VLCC partially loaded which will lighten part of their cargo at Ain Sukhna and proceed northbound to reload at Sidi Kerir. In this case vessel pays Tolls based on cargo on board.

Updated 01.01.2008

Height: High bridge airdraft 68 m

Length: No restrictions

Beam: Current maximum permissible beam 254 ft 03 inch. Ships with beam over 254 ft 03 inch may be allowed to transit the Canal under special request. If beam over 210 ft the beam wind should not exceed 10 knots. (See the draft/beam table for further information )

Draft: Ships can transit Suez Canal South or Northbound with up to maximum draft 62ft with beam 164 ft. For ships of larger beam exist a comprehensive table of SCA, which provides the draft a ship can transit.(See the draft/beam table for further information )

Ships passing Canal should not exceed draft of loadline (tropical).

Important: For updated information owners should always consult their agent on this subject.

Please note:

There are special regulations concerning floating units of SCGRT 300 Ts or more depending on type of on carrying ship (container/heavy lift/vehicle carrier etc.)

Conventional ships carrying deck cargo

Ships carrying deck cargo should stow it in a manner that will provide clear view from the bridge and will not affect visibility, extra pilotage will be charged or Canal tug will be imposed. Vessels with deck cargo protruding from sides in excess of the fixed limits, are allowed to transit provided:

  • After inspection it is found that there is no problem in excess of the fixed limits.
  • Depending on the kind and packing condition of cargo on deck the chargeable Canal Tonnage may be increased.
  • Fixed limits.
  • The cargo or units on deck should not protrude more than the half of the vessel΄s breadth, on any side, with a maximum of 15 meters on each side, if the ship΄s beam exceeds the 30 meters.

Please note:

Cargo on deck, like cars, containers etc. may change classification of vessel to a more expensive Suez Canal toll.

VLCC Ships

SCA is open to applications to accept transit of VLCC partially loaded which will lighten part of their cargo at Ain Sukhna and proceed northbound to reload at Sidi Kerir. In this case vessel pays Tolls based on cargo on board.