Part I : Navigation
Generalities
CH I: Suez Canal Navigation Features
CH II: Arrival and Preparation for Transit
CH III: Convoy System - Maximum Dimensions Towage and Escorting
Sec I: Convoy System
Sec II: Maximum Dimensions Vessel's Sizes and Draughts (1)
Sec III: Towage and Escorting
CH IV: Accidents and Safety Precautions Against Fire and Pollution
CH V: Prohibitions, Defects and Charges
Appendix No. 1
Part II : Canal Lakes (Charactaristics)
Part III : Communications - Signals
Part IV : Tonnage And Dues
Part V : Vessels Carrying Dangerous Cargo

Sec I: Convoy System
 

Art. 49 – Formations  of  Convoys  :

Two main convoys system is applied in the Suez Canal.

  1. Northbound Convoy :
    1. Starts at hr 0400 till hr 0830 at Km. 160 and consists of one group of vessels (1).
      1.  Vessels ahead of the convoy:

        Warships, Passenger ships, Car Carriers, RoRo, Container Ships with a tonnage over 60000 SC.G.T. or draught over 42 ft., vessels and tankers in ballast with a tonnage over 60000 SC.G.T .

      2.  Vessels at the tail of the convoy:

        L.P.G and L.N.G vessels loaded or ballast-N.G.F, tankers and bulk cargo ships with draught over 44 ft.

    2. Northbound convoy has a free run from Suez till Port-Said. The first ship ahead of this convoy regulates her speed to meet the last ship from southbound convoy at ballah (k.m. 54.770)

    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:

      1. Container Ships heading the convoy will drop anchor in the suitable Eastern Anchorage Areas of the Bitter Lakes.
      2. VLCC’s will anchor in the suitable Eastern Anchorage according to their draught.
      3. All other vessels will anchor in the Eastern Area corresponding to their draught.
      4. Three berths are available in Kabret Eastern Branch in case of emergency.

  2. (1) A group (early group) may enter the Canal from Suez before hr 0400 according to traffic situation. Which drops anchor in G.B.L. then join tail of the convoy later.

  3. Southbound Convoy:
    1. Starts (1) from hr 0330 to hr 0800 and consists of 3 groups of vessels as follows: (2)
      1. Group A :

        Vessels anchored in the Northern Anchorage Area consisting of Container ships of draught over 42 ft., VLCC’s, ULCC’s in ballast over 42 feet draught, L.P.G., L.N.G. and N.G.F. vessels in ballast or loaded. This group will enter through Port Said Eastern Approach channel.

      2. Group B :

        Vessels in Port Said harbor, This group will enter the Canal in due time to join group A at Km. 17.

      3. Group C :

        Vessels anchored in Southern Anchorage Area will enter through Port Said western channel in due time to join Group B at Km. 17.

    2. Vessels ahead of the convoy:

      Warships, Passenger ships, Car Carriers, RoRo, Container Ships with a tonnage over 40000 SC. GT.

    3. Vessels at the tail of the convoy:

      L.P.G and L.N.G vessels loaded or ballast-N.G.F , tankers and loaded bulk cargo ships with draught over 44 ft., .

    4. This convoy has a free run from Port Said till Suez and passes through western channel from k.m. 51 till k.m. 122.

    5. If the convoy stops routing for any reason according to traffic situation at the G.B. Lakes, the sequence of continue route from the Bitter Lakes will be Warships, Passenger ships, Car carriers, RoRo, L.P.G., L.N.G. vessels and Containers over 40000 SC. G.T. followed by VLCC’s in ballast and then other vessels.

  4. The first ship of the Southbound convoy will regulate speed to cross the last Northbound vessel abeam of Kabret station at K.m. 120.800.


(1) Starting time depends on traffic form.
(2) A group (early group) may enter the Canal from Port Said before hr 0330 according to traffic situation. This group will drops anchor in G.B.L., and then join tail of the convoy later.

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Art. 50 – Limit Time of Arrival to Join Convoys: 

The Limit Time for arrival to join the convoys will be based on passing the following Latitudes, and also to be declared by Agents and ready for transit:

  1. Port Said :

    South of Lat. 31 28 .7 N: This Lat. is limited by Long. 32 00 .27 E & Long. 32 37 .43 E

    Southbound Convoy:

    1. The limit time is hr 2300 for the southbound convoy.

    2. Ships arriving after hr 2300 till hr 0000 can join the southbound convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 12500 SDR.

    3. Ships arriving after hr 0000 till hr 0100 can join the southbound convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR.

    4. Ships arriving after hr 0100 may join the southbound convoy, against the payments of a surcharge equals to 12% of the normal transit due s with a maximum of 30000 SDR if the convoy situation permits.

    5. The limit time of container ships berthing at Port Said eastern port to join the southbound convoy will be as follows:-

      1. The limit time for ships to be ready for transit is up to hr. 0000
      2. Ships can join the convoy from hr. 0000 till hr. 0100 against additional dues of 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR
      3. Ships can join the convoy after hr. 0100 against surcharge of 12% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 30000 SDR if traffic conditions permit
      4. Both the agency and ship's master have to notify Prot Said control office that loading and unloading operations have been completed and ship is ready to transit the Canal, additional dues shall be applied accordingly
  2.  Port Tewfik:

    North of Lat. 29 42 .8 N: This Lat. is limited by Long. 32 23.1 E & Long. 32 41 .5 E

  3. Northbound Convoy:

    1. The limit time is hr 2300 for ships that are allowed to join the convoy.

    2. Ships arriving after hr 2300 till hr 0000 can join the convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 5% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 12500 SDR.

    3. Ships arriving after hr 0000 until hr 0100 can also join convoy against the payment of a surcharge equal to 10% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 25000 SDR.

    4. Vessels arriving after hr 0100 may join the convoy, if traffic conditions permit, against the payment of a surcharge equal to 12% of the normal transit dues with maximum of 30000 SDR.

    N.B. : in all the above cases, the documents required should be produced before the passage of the vessels by the Canal office at Port Said or Port Tewfik.

Art. 51 – Courses to Keep on Leaving for Sea:

  1. Port  Said  : 

    Vessels of the Northbound convoy have to maintain course through the east approach channel till Hm. 230 then alter course North 000”for five miles before altering to destination.

  2.  Port of  Suez  :

    Vessels proceeding to sea have to maintain through the channel till the last pair of buoys at HK. 80.500, and then keep the separation zone on the port side till the separation zone buoy no.1.

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