(1) Whenever a vessel is underway and
accidentally stopped, she must, if other vessels are following. attract their attention by
giving five or six short blasts on the whistle or siren. This signal is to be repeated as
short intervals. It means: "I'm reducing speed and may have to stop and make
fast". Vessels stopped accidentally at night, must in addition, immediately replace
their White light astern by a Red light.
(2) In case of grounding, the Master must immediately hoist the signal of grounding, and
send a radio message whether a tug is required or not, whether or not passage is clear for
the tug and whether lightening is necessary, etc.
(3) When a vessel runs aground, Canal Authority Officials are alone empowered to order and
direct all operations required to get the vessel afloat and in case of need, to get her
unloaded and towed. Nevertheless, masters remain responsible for all damages or accidents
of any kind which may be direct or indirect consequent to the grounding.
(4) All attempts on the part of other vessels to get off a vessel aground are strictly
(5) When a vessel stops in the Canal itself in consequence of an accident other than
(collision, engine troubles auxiliary and steering gear troubles) Canal Authority, in
order to clear the way with all possible speed, and to get her underway, will assist by
the necessary tugs to afloat her, free of charge.
(6) If once afloat, and the Canal Officials find it necessary to tow or escort the vessel
by a tug or more, she must from that moment, pay towage charges as mentioned in (Tonnage
and Dues Part). Moreover, it is understood that the vessel bears all expenses necessary
for repairs of any damage or breakdown which might interfere with her getting underway,
regardless of the time when such damage or breakdown takes place.
(7) When a vessel grounds or stops outside the Canal itself or if the grounding or
stoppage is due to a collision, all charges for getting the vessel afloat, towing,
unloading, etc..., are payable by the vessel and must be settled as per statement drawn up
by Canal Authority before the vessel leaves Port Said or Port of Suez.
(8) Whenever a collision appears probable, vessels must not hesitate to run aground should
this be necessary to avoid it.
(9) When a vessel or floating structure of any description runs aground or strands or
sinks or is left abandoned, either in the Canal itself or in one of its ports, waiting and
anchorage areas and Canal Authority deems an obstruction or a menace to navigation in
Canal Waters, the Authority has the right to take of its own accord such action as may be
necessary for the purpose of removing or destroying the vessel or
floating structure by whatever means Canal Authority may select and at the risk and
expense of the owner of, or the person responsible for the vessel or the floating
structure. The Suez Canal Authority has in this case, the right to sell the vessel or the
floating structure or the wreck salvaged or all of them together in public auctions with a
view to covering all kinds of expenses.