Article 20


(1) Vessels transiting the Canal must have mooring boats as mentioned hereafter hired from the Suez Canal Mooring company approved by Suez Canal Authority.

In case no mooring boats from the said company are available, ships boats if suitable for mooring in the Canal can be used and must be manned by shore crew, hired from the Suez Canal mooring company, each
boat is to be manned by three men.

(2) One mooring boat or one motor boat for vessels under 2500 tons gross Suez Canal Gross Tonnage

(3) One motor boat for vessels from 2500 to 5000 tons gross, Suez Canal Gross Tonnage

(4) Two motor boats or one motor boat and one mooring boat for vessels from 5000 to 30000 Suez Canal Gross Tonnage

(5) Two motor boats for vessels over 30000 tons gross Suez Canal Gross Tonnage

(6) Ships may ask for additional motor boats or mooring boats according to Master's request.
These mooring boats must be in constant readiness for lowering to run the ropes to the mooring posts without any delay during the transit of the vessel.

(7) Ships must be fitted with well maintained lifting appliances capable of lifting mooring boats of 4 tons weight (Including crew members).

(8) Ships may carry extra mooring boats as passengers for the interest of navigation. However, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Loaded Tankers are not allowed any extra boats.

(9) The handling of mooring boats must be carried out well clear from the ship's propellers.

(10) Masters are requested to reduce speed during lifting or lowering operations of mooring boats, an officer must be in charge, to avoid accidents that may endanger the life of mooring men.

(11) If the vessel has no means for lifting mooring boats and ship's boats are not suitable for mooring in the Canal, the vessel shall not be allowed to transit the Canal.