SUEZ CANAL TRANSIT

The agency department at IBRAMAR calculates Suez Canal tolls and / or performs D /A (disbursement account) to those who request such a service. IBRAMAR studies whether the client’s vessel can obtain a rebate on her voyage or not. In case of a possible rebate, IBRAMAR will send a rebate form to be filled out; alternatively the client can send the needed information, which will be passed on to the Suez Canal long haul department on behalf of client.

Suez Canal arrival procedures and ETA notice:
For Northbound or Southbound Transit, the Master must send 5 days prior to arrival and 48/24/12 hours before actual arrival notice by cable telex or fax to IBRAMAR.

The master is expected to inform IBRAMAR’s team with vessel's full specifics; ex- name(s) of vessel, last transit date (if any) and SCNRT/SCGRT as per Suez Canal Certificate. Details of cargo on board/deck cargo (if any) is also essential data; IMO class (if any), previous and coming ports of call, if any passengers / stowaways on board. To avoid missing convoys and/or delays, the master of the vessel should send the exact time of arrival (ETA) to IBRAMAR and port pilot by VHF:
CHANNELS 12 & 16 AT PORT SAID, CHANNELS 14 & 16 SUEZ

Documents required on vessel’s arrival:
1. The Suez Canal special tonnage certificate
2. The general arrangement plan
3. The capacity plan
4. The engine room plan
5. Full manifests of the cargo on board the ship should be submitted
to the authorities prior to passage

As for the vessels that are transiting for the first time, they must be inspected by the Suez Canal surveyors. The masters handle three Photostat copies of the above (1-4) certificates/Plans to S.C.A. for the ship's file.


Limit time for vessel’s arrival to join the convoys:


1. PORT SAID - THE FIRST SOUTHBOUND CONVOY (0100 HRS) - N1

A- Large container vessel, VLCCS, heavy bulk carriers and loaded vessels with draft over 42 feet have to reach south of lat. 31' 28''.7 N within the limit time of 1900 hrs L.T. as it is allowed for them to join, only, the first southbound convoy (N1) of 0100 hrs
B- Cargo vessels and other types of vessels reaching within the limit time of 1900 hrs will also join the first southbound convoy (N1) of 0100 hrs
C- Ships arriving from 1900 till 2100 hrs may join the 1st southbound convoy (N1)
against an additional charge of 3% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 7000
D- Ships arriving after 2100 until 2200 hrs can also join 1st southbound convoy (N1) against an additional charge of 5% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 10500

2. PORT SAID - THE SECOND SOUTHBOUND CONVOY (0630 HRS) - N2
A- Vessels have to reach south of lat. 31' 28''.7 N within the limit time of 0300 hrs to join the 2nd southbound convoy (N2) at 0630 hrs
B- Ships arriving from 0300 hrs till 0400 hrs may join the 2nd southbound convoy (N2) against additional charge of 3% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 7000
C- Ships arriving after 0400 hrs until 0500 hrs can join the 2nd southbound convoy (N2) against an additional charge of 5% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 10500


The following vessels are not allowed to join the second of southbound convoys:

1 - Loaded tankers (or bulk carriers) carrying petroleum flash point below 23 degrees centigrade
2- LPG - LNG loaded or in ballast
3- Vessels not fitted with double bottom carrying chemicals in bulk
4- Vessels carrying radioactive substances group 1
5- Vessels is carrying dangerous wastes
6- Navy ship
7- Vessels carrying heavy lift units with tonnage exceeding the lifting capacity of their individual cranes
8- Vessels over 90000 tons SCNT
9- Vessels having draught over 42 feet
10- Vessels carrying deck cargo protruding more than half the vessel's breadth on any side with a maximum of 15 meters on each side if breadth exceeds 30 meters

3. SUEZ - THE NORTHBOUND CONVOY STARTS (0600 HRS) ONE CONVOY ONLY
A- Large container vessels, VLCCS, ULCCS, heavy bulk carriers and loaded vessels with draft over 38 feet:
1. Have to reach north of lat.29'42''.8 N within the limit time of 0100 hrs to join the northbound convoy of 0600 hrs
2. Ships arriving from 0100 hrs to 0300 hrs may join the convoy against an additional charge of 3% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 7000
3. Ships arriving from 0300 hrs until 0330 hrs can join also the convoy against an additional charge of 5% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 10500
B- Cargo vessels with a draft less than 38 feet and less than 40,000 TS SCN:
1. Have to reach north of lat.29'48''.33 N within the limit time of 0300 hrs to join the northbound convoy the same day
2. Ships arriving from 0300 hrs until 0400 hrs can join the convoy against an additional charge of 3% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 7000
3. Ships arriving from 0400 hrs until 0500 hrs can join the convoy against an additional charge of 5% of transit tolls with a maximum of SDR 10500

Any further information or clarifications required can be obtained by contacting IBRAMAR