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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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SCA owns a fleet of 31 multi type tugs ranging from 3200 HP to 16000 HP used for towing, salvage, firefighting and berthing of ships such as :

Ocean-going multipurpose tugs "Baraka1 & Ezzat Adel"
  1. The most powerful in the Middle East with continuous bollard pull rated 160 tons  and speed : 17.5 knot.
  2. Length : 69.2 m, Beam :15.5 m, Depth : 7.4 m, and Draught : 6.4 m.
  3. Total dead weight capacity : 2320 tons , Deck area : 434 m2 with a strength of 15 t/m2.
  4. Four diesel engines :each 3990 HP at 600 rpm, Marine range : 6000 nautical miles.
  5. Equipped with two fire fighting pumps delivering 3600 m3/hr for each and two water monitors remotely controlled from the wheel house ( 150 m height above sea level and 193 m trajectory ).
  6. Equipped with a 200 m3 tank, so they can participate in antipollution and lightering operations.
  7. They carried out many successful towing operations in the high sea for oil rigs, floating docks, ships, barges and oil derricks.
Lightering vessels "Nagda1 and Nagda2"
  1. These vessels are used for lightering, bunkering water supply and carrying containers.
  2. Oil carrying capacity : 3045 tons and fresh water capacity : 1000 tons.
  3. Length : 87 m, Beam : 15.5 m and Depth : 4 m.
  4. Container carrying capacity : 56 TEU.
  5. Two engines each 1125 HP at 1000 rpm and speed : 10 knot.
Salvage and fire fighting "Salam 5 ,6 ,7 ,8 & 9"         
  1. Modern, newly built and fully equipped tug.
  2. Used for salvage, fire fighting, mooring and escorting of large tankers and other services.
  3. The tug is highly maneuverable for operation in harbours and escorting
  4. Equipped with 2*2500 HP diesel engine and Voith-Schnider propeller.
Open sea towage, escort and fire fighting "Mosaed1"
  1. Newly built on 2010 with bollard pull 70 tons and speed 13.4 knots.
  2. Length :30.25m ,Beam :11.75m ,Depth :5.28m ,Draught :5.84(including Skeg and thruster).
  3. Equiped with two main engines 2720HP eath at 1600 rpm .
  4. Equiped with two fire fighting pumps each delivering 1400 m3/hr at 12.5 bar.
  5. Used for towing ,escorting ,fire fighting and berthing ships.
Other Tugs
  1. The other tugs are used as salvage, escort and fire fighting at the Suez Canal.
  2. They are also used for berthing ships at the waiting areas and harbours.


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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Tourism Information

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