FORMATION OF CONVOYS
Three convoy system is applied in the Suez Canal
A - NORTHBOUND CONVOY
(1) Starts at 0600 at Km. 160 and consists of two
groups of vessels.
(a) GROUP A:
I - Navy ships, 4th Generation Containerships, 3rd Generation Containerships over 40.000
Suez Canal Gross Tonnage & similar, Lighter Aboard Ship over 35.000 Suez Canal Gross
Tonnage, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Loaded or Non Gas Free), and loaded chemicals carriers.
ii - Loaded Very Large Crude Carrier Ship's, conventional loaded Tankers and heavy Bulk
carriers (draught over 38 feet or length over 950 feet Between Perpendicular).
(b) Group B:
Cargo and other vessels anchored in Suez Anchorage.
For safety measures, Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas vessels in ballast
or loaded, and loaded chemicals in bulk are included in the loaded tankers group.
(2) The northbound convoy has a free run from Port of Suez till Port Said. It passes
through the East Kabrit channel, the Eastern dredged channel in the Bitter Lakes, the East
channel of the Deversoir, the East channel of Lake Timsah, the East channel of Ballah loop
and the East channel from KM. 17 Northward.
(3) In case the Northbound convoy has to stop in the Bitter Lakes due to traffic situation
of Southbound convoy or emergency, the following must be considered:
(a) Container vessels heading the convoy will drop anchor in the suitable East Anchorage
Areas of the Bitter Lakes.
(b) Very Large Crude Carrier Ship's will anchor in the suitable East Anchorage according
to their draught.
(c) All other vessels will anchor in the East Area corresponding to their draught.
(d) Three berths are available in Kabrit East Branch in case of emergency.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas in ballast or loaded, and chemicals loaded
in bulk for safety measures, they are included in the Tankers Group.
B - SOUTHBOUND FIRST CONVOY (N1)
(1) Start from 0000 hrs to 0500 hrs and consists
of 3 groups of vessels:
(a) Group A: Vessels in Port Said Harbour.
(b) Group B: Vessels anchored in the Northern Anchorage Area consisting of 4th Generation
Containerships, 3rd Generation Containerships, Very Large Crude Carrier Ship's in ballast
over 42 feet draught, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Non Gas Free vessels
in ballast or loaded and Lighter Aboard Ship over 35.000 Suez Canal Gross Tonnage This
group will be
headed by the Containerships and the first vessel will enter through Port Said East
Approach channel in due time to join Group A at Km. 17.
(c) Group C: Vessels anchored in Southern Anchorage Area will enter through Port Said West
channel in due time to join Group B at Km. 17.
(2) This convoy has a free run to the Bitter Lakes, passes through the East branch of
Ballah by-pass, the East channel of Lake Timsah, the Deversoir West channel and anchors in
the Western Anchorage in Bitter Lakes.
(3) The Sequence of continue route from the Bitter Lakes will be Warships, Liquefied
Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas vessels, the 4th Generation Containerships, 3rd
Generation Containerships over 40.000 Suez Canal Gross Tonnage and Lighter Aboard Ship
over 35.000 Suez Canal Gross Tonnage followed by Very Large Crude Carrier Ship's in
ballast and then other vessels, The first ship of the Southbound convoy will regulate
speed to cross the last Northbound vessel abeam of Kabrit station.
C - SOUTHBOUND SECOND CONVOY (N2)
(1) Starts from 0630 hrs to 0900 hrs. The forming
and depth of this convoy is subject to situation of traffic and limit time.
(2) 3rd & 4th Generation Containerships with more than one propeller astern shall be
ahead of this convoy to anchor at Timsah Lake (maximum two vessels).
(3) Vessels will make fast in Ballah West Branch and continue route after the last
Northbound vessel clears Km. 61.
(4) Dimensions of vessels that can make fast at Ballah West Branch should not exceed 135 -
148 feet Beam & 42 - 38.4 - 42 feet Draught, excluding Tankers over 90000 Tons Suez
Canal Gross Tonnage
(5) Vessels not allowed to join this convoy are the following:
(a) Loaded Tankers (or Bulk carriers) carrying Petroleum Grade A or similar substances
(Flash point below 23° C or 73° F, ascertained by an open test or any equal degree of
(b) Liquefied inflammable gas vessels (Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, or
similar Loaded or Ballast Non Gas Free vessels).
(c) Vessels not fitted with double bottom carrying chemicals in bulk.
(d) Vessels carrying Radioactive substance Group 1.
(e) Vessels carrying dangerous wastes.
(f) Heavy lifts carrying heavy lift units with tonnage exceeding the lifting capacity of
their individual cranes.
(g) Vessels carrying deck cargo protruding.
(h) Vessels over 90000 tons Suez Canal Gross Tonnage
(I) Navy ships.