Special Cases


Transit of :

A- Drilling rigs.

B- Heavy Lift Ships carrying drillers floating units or large units.

C- Vessels carrying floating units.

D- Navy ships.

E- Integrated units.

F- Towed units.

G- Special requests.

A - DRILLING RIGS           

(1) Drilling vessels: to be convoyed by Suez Canal Imposed tug.

(2) Drilling rigs:

    (a) Self steering or nonself steering.

    (b) Legs that can be lifted :No extensions under the rig's keel. To be assisted by Suez Canal Tugs.             One aft and another or more as escort. In addition, a powerful tug forward to maintain a              minimum speed of 12 Km/h over the ground. The rigs must be in stable condition.

   (c) Legs that cannot be lifted and a part remains under the rig's keel: Each case is to be studied             separately to decide whether or not the unit is allowed to transit the Canal.




(1) Be able if needed, to reduce, easily and safely, the fraught by one meter (3 feet 3 inch) by way of discharging clean ballast water.

(2) Be escorted by one or more tugs according to the decision of the Suez Canal Representatives, after survey on arrival (6600 SDR per tug).

(3) The following addition dues are levied to cover special precautionary measures for the safety of navigation and vessels:

   (a) 125% of the transit dues and in addition.

   (b) 2% of the transit dues, for each foot, or fraction of a foot in excess of the maximum breadth.



(1) Vessels carrying on board floating units within an adequate period, before vessels transit must introduce the following documents of their floating units:

   (a) Suez Canal Tonnage certificate and calculation sheets.

   (b) Recommended plans.

    (c) A detailed statement on the floating units loaded on board.

    (d) Cargo weight statement specifying its location on board and the way of its loading as per cargo             manifest.

(2) In Case of absence of the last pre-mentioned documents the gross tonnage will be calculated according to Linear dimensions, Length, Beam and Depth.

(3) Self steering vessels carrying on board floating units of 300 tons or more Suez Canal Gross Tonnage are subject to the following additional dues:

    (a) A 300% of transit dues of the floating units Suez Canal Gross Tonnage

    (b) 2% of transit dues for each foot or fraction of a foot in excess of the maximum breadth               authorized.

(4) Such vessels will be Abel to join the second southbound convoy if their dimensions allow.


D - NAVY SHIPS            

Navy and auxiliary ships belonging to different countries, an addition of 25% of transit dues is to be added owing to special arrangements.



Integrated Units may transit Suez Canal and berth in its harbour on the following conditions:

(1) A valid Seaworthiness Certificate issued by one of International Atomic Energy Agency recognized by Suez Canal Authority.

(2) Additional dues of 25% of the transit dues will be charged.

(3) Vessels to be escorted by a Suez Canal tug, on the first transit (experimental) against 6600 SDR.

(4) If unable to maintain convoy's speed, additional dues for slow speed vessels are applied.

(5) If the Integrated tug is disconnected and the unit towed by normal tugs, this unit will be considered as towed vessels and dues for towed vessels will be applied.

(6) IN HARBOUR: Berthing, loading and discharging operations are possible, after getting Harbour Authority authorization.


F - TOWED UNITS            

(1) All inquiries concerning the possibility and/or approval of transit of towed units, drilling rigs, dredgers, etc..., are to be submitted by the owners of the units or their officially recognized representatives in Egypt or one of the Suez Shipping Agency companies accompanied
by a General Arrangement plan and all particulars of the unit: name, Length Overall, beam, fraught, height, self steering, etc. The application must reach Suez Canal Authority (Transit Department, Ismailia, Egypt) not less than two
weeks before the sailing of the unit from its base.

(2) Towed units are not allowed to transit the Suez Canal, unless they are towed by a tug suitable to the size of the unit and powerful enough to maintain a speed in the Canal not less than 12 Km/h over the ground, in addition to the assisting Suez Canal. tugs, whenever find necessary by Suez Canal Officials.

(3) Any towed unit must be supplied with floating mooring ropes in good condition and suitable in number (more than six) and size according to the dimensions of the unit.

(4) A responsible person and a crew of at least 10 persons must be on board the unit during the transit.

(5) A valid Seaworthiness Certificate for the towage through Suez Canal must be available.

(6) The Unit must comply with Suez Canal Regulations.

(7) A survey of the unit shall be made on the arrival, in order to take the definite steps and make the final arrangements for the transit, if it complies with Suez Canal Authority Rules.

(8) The transit is subject to the circumstances of the Navigation in the Canal, and the weather conditions.



Owing to the request of owners for the transit of vessels with beam over 245 feet, the Suez Canal Authority undertook careful studies to comply with the said request.

In this connection above mentioned, vessels may transit the Canal under the following conditions:

(1) A pre-approval to be obtained in good time prior to transit.

(2) Transit to be effectuated in good weather (wind not exceeding 10 knots).

(3) One escorting tug against 6600 SDR for vessels with beam up to 233 feet.

(4) Two escorting tug against 6600 SDR per tug for vessels with beam over 233 feet.