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Canal & The Society

The Suez Canal ’s role is not confined to servicing the world trade. It goes beyond that to serve the Canal Zone community ...

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Traffic System

Traffic system in the Suez Canal including the new Canal shall be as follows:

Convoys' time

  • Number of convoys: Two convoys
    * The Southbound convoy starts at 0330- direct transit.
    * The Northbound convoy starts at 0400- direct transit.
  • Limit Time of Arrival
    * 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:
    The limit time is hr 2300 for the southbound convoy.
    * Port Tewfik:
    North of Lat. 29 42 .8 N: This Lat. is limited by Long. 32 23.1 E & Long. 32 41 .5 E
    Northbound Convoy:
    The limit time is hr 2300 for ships that are allowed to join the convoy:
  • Pilotage system is applied as before.
  • The permissible speed:
    16 km / hr. for ordinary vessels
    14 km / hr. for Tankers.
  • The New Suez Canal has been equipped with navigational aids: (buoys, bollard pulls and pilotage stations).
  • Amended Suez Canal Rules of Navigation, August edition 2015 has been issued.
  • Electronic Charts have been issued for the new Suez Canal.
  • The charts, Rules of Navigation and publications are available at Edward Company for Maritime Services:
  • Enhancing the safety of LNG, LPG and tankers with SC tugs.

For more details visit the page of Navigation Circulars

Canal History
13th century BCE

13th century BCE, A canal is constructed between the Nile Delta and the Red Sea. For the following centuries, the canal was only partially maintained...


1854, By a French initiative, the viceroy of Egypt, Said Pasha, decides for a project to build a canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea...


1858, La Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez is formed to construct the canal.

17 Nov 1869

17 Nov 1869, With great splendour, the canal is opened for navigation. Dimensions were 22 metre in bottom width, 58 metre in surface width, and a depth of 8 metres...

2 Mar 1888

2 Mar 1888, The Convention of Constantinople guaranteed right of passage of all ships through the Suez Canal during war and peace...

13 Jun 1956

13 Jun 1956, Suez Canal Zone restored to Egypt.
26 Jul 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal.

5 Jun 1975

5 Jun 1975, Suez Canal reopened...

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Egypt Gate

Egyptian Official Sites

Tourism Information

Places, directions, travel co. and more.

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