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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. 2/2016

Concerning container ships coming from ports of the East Coast of America heading to South and South East Asian ports.

Article one:-
To meet the desire of ship's owners and operators using the Suez Canal and to encourage more ships to transit the Suez Canal, the Suez Canal Authority has decided the following :-

  1. Container ships coming from port of Norfolk and its northern ports heading to the ports of ( Port Kelang and its eastern Ports) shall be granted a reduction of 45% of the Suez Canal normal tolls(*)
  2. Container ships coming from ports south of port of Norfolk heading to : (*)
    • Ports of Port Kelang and its eastern ports shall be granted reduction of 65% of the Suez Canal normal tolls.
    • Ports of Colombo and its eastern ports located just up to port of "Port Kelang" shall be granted reduction of 55% of Suez Canal normal tolls.

Article Two:- 

Conditions of applying the Circular : -

  1. Any company wishing to benefit from this circular has to submit a request before sailing through its shipping agency according to the attached form .
  2. The ship must not call any port in between port of origin and port of destination for commercial purposes provided that ship's operator must forward a formal declaration about that
  3. In case of calling at in between ports for non- commercial purposes, the authorities of these ports have to submit a certificate to the SCA, stating the reasons of calling
  4. Submitting a certificate from the last port of origin stating the date of sailing and a certificate from the first port of arrival stating date of arrival within sixty days from the date of Canal transit
  5. A statement submitted by ship's agency undertaking to pay the granted reduction in case of calling in between ports for commercial purposes, or failing to submit the documents during the period stated above .

Article Three:-

Circular No 1/2016 shall be cancelled .

Article Four:-

This circular takes affect as for vessels sailing from port of origin as of June 6,2016 as an experimental period, for 90 Days ( ends on Sept.3,2016 )to be renewed (*)

To see Circular Press here

To see Circular Application Form Press here

Director of Transit Department 

( Eng . Ahmed Shawky Mostafa )

(*)These items are amended in An Amendment to Circular No. 2/2016
(*)This circular is renewed in Periodical 31-08-2016

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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