Southbound Convoy

Arrival LimitFormation of convoysMasters instructionsDocuments requiredFirst time transitEscort TugsMooring and ProjectorSpecial restrictions

Updated 01.01.2008

1st Convoy
Fixed arrival limit: 1900 HRS South of latitude 31 28,7 N

In favourable navigational conditions, the limit time for arrivals from North is to be extended as shown below.

  1. Vessels arriving between 1900 and 2100 hrs can join the first southbound convoy against a payment of a surcharge equal to 3% of he normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 7000.
  2. Vessels arriving after 2100 hrs and up to 2200 hrs can join the first southbound convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 10500.
  3. Vessels arriving after 2200 hrs may join the first southbound 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 Convoy: From 0000 HRS to 0500 HRS

2nd Convoy

Fixed arrival limit: 0300 HRS LT South of latitude 31 28,7 N

In favourable navigational conditions, the limit time for arrivals from North is to be extended as shown below.

  • Vessels arriving between 0300 and 0400 hrs can join the second southbound convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 3% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of SDR 7000.
  • Vessels arriving after 0400 hrs and up to 0500 hrs can join the second southbound convoy 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 second southbound 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.
  • Container vessels over 90000 SC.G.T. and up to 95000 SC.G.T. and other vessels both with beam 146-154 ft with the corresponding allowed draught (ask SELECT MARIIME) can join the second SB convoy against the payment of a surcharge as follows:
    • If arriving at the limit time, equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of 10500 SDR
    • If arriving after 0300 till 0400 hrs, equal to 8% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of 17000 SDR
    • If arriving after 0400 till 0500, equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with a maximum of 20000 SDR

Movement of Convoy: From 0630 HRS to 0900 HRS

Please note:

A limited number of vessels can join 2nd Convoy pending on the number of mooring berths at El Ballah, maximum beam to pass through El Ballah loop is 160 ft and draft is 42 feet.

Updated 01.01.2008

Southbound First Convoy

GROUP A: Vessels anchored in the Northern Anchorage Area consisting of Container ships of draught over 42 ft, VLCC΄s, ULCC΄s in ballast over 42 feet draught, L.P.G., L.N.G., N.G.F. vssels in ballast or loaded and LASH over 35000 SC.G.T.

This group will be headed by the Container Ships and the first vessel will enter through Port Said Eastern Approach channel.

GROUP B: Vessels in Port Said Harbour.

This Group will enter the Canal in due time to join group 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.

This First SB convoy has a free run to the Bitter Lakes, passes through the East branch of Ballah by-pass, the Eastern channel of Lake Timsah, the Deversoir West (expect for vessels with draught of more than 42 feet will pass through East channel and anchorage in eastern anchoage areas) channel and anchors in the Western Anchorages in Bitter Lakes.

The sequence of continue route from the Bitter Lakes will be Warships, Passenger ships, Car caiiers, RoRo, L.P.G., L.N.G. vessels, Containers over 40000 SC.G.T. and LASH over 35000 SC.G.T. followed by VLCC΄s in ballast and then other vessels.

The first ship of the SB convoy will regulate speed to cross the last NB vessel abeam of Kabrit station.

Following vessels not allowed to join the 2n SB convoy

  • Loaded Tankers (or Bulk carriers) carrying Petroleum or similar substances (Flash point below 23 C or 73 F, ascertained by an open test or any equals degree of accuracy).
  • Liquefied inflammable gas vessels (L.P.G., L.N.G., or similar Loaded or Ballast N.G.F. vessels)
  • Vessels not fitted with double bottom and carrying chemicals in bulk, or any other vessels carrying crude oil or petroleum products.
  • Vessels carrying uncontainerised Radioactive substance Group 1
  • Vessels carrying dangerous wastes
  • Heavy lifters (semi-submersible) carrying heavy lift units with tonnage exceeding the lifting capacity of their individual cranes (i.e. not able to reduce her draft).
  • Vessels carrying deck cargo protruding mora tht is stated in Art 26 of the Rules of Navigation 2007
  • Container ships over 95000 SC.G.T.
  • Navy ships

Updated 01.01.2008

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

  • SUCANAL TRANSIT Port Said (fax +2 064-3914784/5 3392158) (or e-mail: SUEZ CANAL TRANSIT ISMAILIA )
  • DAMANSHIP Port Said (fax +2 066-3351902 or e-mail:
  • SELECT Athens (fax +30 210 9881984 or e-mail: 

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

  • Ship΄s name (and ex-name/s if any)
  • ETA Port Said
  • DWT, International GRT/NRT
  • Arrival DRAFT FORE, AFT, MAX (trim not to exceed 4 ft by stern)
  • 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
  • Any changes in ship΄s particulars since last transit
  • If ship΄s machinery / equipment is in good working condition
  • Owners / Charterers name
  • Name of the Master
  • Declare intention to transit. If it is to wait for orders should be declared as such


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

  • PILOT BOAT, ch. 12
  • DAMANHOUR SHIPPING AGENCY, through Port Said radio
  • State Agents who will attend ship΄s transit on our behalf are:
  • Arrival limit time is: 19:00 hrs or 03:00 (depending of vessel;s type/condition)

Master to declare as arrived time when passed South of 31 28.7N and declare separate the anchored time

Local time is: GMT + 2 hrs

Kindly note that 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:


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


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.

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.

ULCC Ships

Ships with the maximum allowed beam of 230 ft – 233 ft may transit with special approval from SCA. Please contact SELECT MARITIME, ATHENS for further information.