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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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Navigation Circulars

Circular No 1/2002

Rebates to be given toPassenger Ships,
Cruise Ships and Yachts of not less than 300 Suez Canal Gross Tons

Passenger ships, cruise ships and yachts of not less than 300 Suez Canal gross tons shall be given the following rebates:
- 50 % reduction on normal transit dues for each leg of the round trip for ships that call on Egyptian Mediterranean and Red Sea ports provided that the ship’s duration of stay at the Egyptian ports is not less than 72 hours. However, in case the duration of stay at Egyptian ports is less Than 72 hours but within the minimum of 36 hours, the reduction shall be Calculated in the following manner:
50 % x   number of hours at Egyptian ports
- Not less than half the ship’s duration of stay at Egyptian ports should be spent at Red Sea ports.
- For the rebate on the return trip to be granted, the return trip should be made within a maximum of one month from the date of transit. In all cases, the transit dues shall be collected in full upon transit from either north or south entrance. The rebate amounts shall be refunded whenever the following documents are duly submitted:
An authenticated certificate from each Egyptian port of call showing date and time of arrival and departure of the subject ship and stating that the ship was solely involved in tourist activities and that no goods loading or unloading operations, as far as this ship is concerned, were handled at such port.
To this end, the given below circulars shall be deemed null and void:
- 2/93 dated April 14, 1993
- 5/94 dated May 13, 1994
- 7/94 dated Sept. 8, 1994
- 4/2001 dated 31/12/2001
This circular takes effect as of Jan. 1, 2002.

Director of Transit Dept.
Eng.Aly Abdel Aziz Ibrahim

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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