Suez Canal northbound transit
1st Group (tanker group)
Fixed arrival limit: 0100 HRS North of latitude 29 42.8 N
In favourable navigational conditions, the limit time for arrivals from South is to be extended as shown below.
- When arriving between 0100 and 0300 hrs such ships can join the tanker group against the payment of a surcharge equal of 3% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 7000.
- When arriving after 0300 hrs and up to 0400 hrs such ships can still join the tanker group against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 10500.
- Vessels arriving after 0400 hrs may join the northbound convoy, if traffic conditions permit, against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 20000.
Movement of Group: From 0600 HRS to 1130 HRS
2nd Group (ordinary Ships)
Fixed arrival limit: 0300 HRS North of latitude 29 42.33 N
In favourable navigational conditions, the limit time for arrivals from North is to be extended as shown below.
- Vessels that are allowed to join the ordinary group can do so when arriving after 0300 and up to 0400 hrs against the payment of a surcharge equal to 3% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 7000.
- Vessels arriving after 0400 and up to 0500 can join the group against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 10500.
- Vessels arriving after 0500 hrs may join the group, if traffic conditions permit, against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 20000.
Movement of Group: Depending on number of vessels
in first group
Vessels entitled to 1st and 2nd group
1st Group includes following vessel types:
2nd group excludes following vessel types
- VLCC's in ballast
- Vessels over 38 feet draft
- LPG/LGN vessels loaded or not equiped with a gas
- Vessels over 90.000 Suez Canal Gross Tonnage (SCGRT)
- Loaded tankers carrying petroleum grade A or similar
(Flash point below 23°C)
- Heavy Lifters
- Vessels carrying floating units of 300 SCRGT and
- Navy Ships
- 3rd and 4th generation Container Ships
- Vessels carrying chemicals in bulk not fitted with
- Vessels carrying radioactives (Group 3)
- Vessels carrying dangerous cargo
- Vessels carrying deck cargo protruding more than
half of the vessels breadth on any side
- Depending on number in vessels in 1st Group:
Exludes all other vessels
Following information should be submitted to Leth Suez
Transit, Norway in due time prior to vessel's arrival.
Ship's full particulars:
- Call Sign
In addition any other relevant details, such as, coming
from, bound for, master's name, number of crew, etc.
Full style/ address of operator.
VHF channels in use:
6, 8, (9 main control office, Ismailia), 10, 11, 12,
13, 14, 15, 16, 71, 73 and 74.
7 / 5 days / 72 / 48 / 24 / 12 Hours ETA notice to:
Master should provide following in first ETA telex:
Full particulars of ship (scgrt, scnrt, dwt, draft,
beam, loa, nationality, call sign, ex names, and date
of last transit, type of cargo and quantity, or if in ballast, gas
free or not and IMO class of any dangerous
If no changes since last transit, please state particulars
Master should include following in his last ETA telex
to the agent:
No bamboats or others are allowed to board
my vessel except the officials, pls advise port police
Information / instructions concerning all other matters
should be directed to Leth Suez Transit, Norway, who
will coordinate and authorize additional requirements.
Special information for master to avoid unexpected
Master should know that only authorized personnel are
allowed to board his ship and he can always ask for
their official license and/or identification card.
- Do not sign any vouchers/invoices for services not
- All vouchers/invoices should state amount and type
of service requested.
- Before signing any presented document, master should
clarify necessity of particular service offered.
- Service requested should be rendered and in a satisfactory
manner before signing.
- Do not sign/stamp any blank paper. No blank space
below signature. ¨
- Always keep a photocopy of signed papers onboard.
- All spirits (incl. wines) and excess cigarettes
must be properly manifested and together with any
"x" rated materials to be placed in bonded
store room prior to arrival and request / insist sealing
by custom's officer.
- Officers/crew to be warned to comply, or otherwise
ship may be detained and may be charged for "smuggling".
For sake of good order, master should telex Leth Suez Transit (Egypt) when entering the canal
advising name of ship handler and type of service rendered.
This also applies if no services have been requested/rendered
during ships canal transit/port call.
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 for LPG/LNG
- Piping plan and general arrangement for LPG/LNG
- 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.
First time transit
Following documents should be mailed to the agent
in due time prior to transit.
- 3 copies of Suez Canal certificate
- 3 copies of GA plan
- 3 copies of capacity plan
- 3 copies of engine room plan
Leth Suez Transit
c/o Concord Shipping Agency
El Hegaz building, 1st Floor
Please notify Leth Suez Transit, Norway with shipment
details (flight details, AWB no) in order to follow
Alternatively, plans can also be handed over by master directly to the SCA inspector on arrival.
Tugs and imposed tugs
- 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
- Over 130.000 SCNT, one tug escort
- Ships with beam 218 - 233 ft, one tug. If beam over
233 ft, two tugs
- Towed scrap vessels 80.000 SCNT and over, one tug
LPG/LNG vessels from 25.000 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
Mooring and Projector
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 2.500 ts should hire one mooring
If over 2.500 ts two mooring boats should be hired.
For the operation of mooring boats three crew (shore
men) are boarding per boat.
Ships that cannot lift the Canal mooring boats are allowed
to use their own life boats provided same is approved
by the pilot.
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.
All ships passing the Canal must have onboard a canal
projector placed on the axis of the bow, able to illuminate
Vessels carrying petroleum products (or inflammable
substances), LPG/LNG, should have their own "gastight"
Also, ships with bulbous bow must have their own projector
unless their bow is 10 ft below sea level, in order
not to endanger lowering and lifting operations to eliminate
high risk of accidents.
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.
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.
Height: High bridge airdraft 68 m
Length: No restrictions
Beam: Current maximum permissible beam 245 ft.
Ships with beam over 245 ft 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 175 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
Important: For updated information owners should always
consult their agent on this subject.
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.)
Vessels carrying Cement in bulk and/or in containers
are subject to external / internal hull / Cargo inspection
and will be treated as regular vessels provided
- Containerized cement do not exceed 20% of ship's
GRT or 1.000 tons, whichever is less.
- Containerized cement to be compactly stowed on ship's
deck at highest level and must be precisely located
- Containers must be labeled "containing"
Vessels have to be inspected and checked (hull and
deck) by a committee of different authorities prior
to transiting the Suez Canal.
No circular is issued in this respect.
Arrival limit at anchorage for vessels carrying
cement is at noon.
Container ships carrying containers "In Transit"
- When calling at Port Said / Damietta / Alexandria
then paying reduced port / light berthing / pilotage
dues according to number of containers in transit
with Max reduction 50%
- If containers in transit are to be transported between
Egyptian ports, 75% reduction on above dues shall
- If handling containers at port of Damietta, not
obliged to send compulsory 48 hours ETA notices for
transit. Also, not paying 3% additional tolls when
arrive between 19-21.00 or 03-04.00 hours to join
1st and 2nd convoy.
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, otherwise the passage may be
rejected or 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.
Cargo on deck, like cars, containers etc. may change
classification of vessel to a more expensive Suez Canal
SCA is open to applications to accept transit of VLCC
partially loaded which will lighten part of their cargo
at Suez and proceed northbound to reload at Port Said.
SCA before reply will take into consideration all relevant
parameters, having the operation always under supervision.
Ships with the maximum allowed beam of 230 ft - 233
ft may transit with special approval from SCA. Please
contact Leth Suez Transit, Norway for further information.