New Shore-Based Mooring Service and Tariffs for the Suez Canal Effective from May 1, 2024

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Suez Canal, Egypt – Starting from May 1st, 2024, the mooring service will be a shore-based service, with mooring boats distributed along the canal. Only 30% of the ships in the convoy will have the mooring service onboard.

The SCA (Suez Canal Authority) will decide which ships will receive the onboard mooring service based on the following criteria:

  • Ships with the largest wind-age area
  • Ships with the largest Gross Tonnage (GT)
  • Ships with the largest Draft
  • Inter-ship distances not exceeding two ships
  • Other vessels as decided by the SCA

If one of the selected ships refuses or is unable to have the mooring service onboard, an additional fee of USD 5,000 (five thousand USD) will be charged, instead of imposing a tugboat as stipulated in Article 20, page 36 of the SCA Rules of Navigation.

The following types of vessels shall be excluded from the shore-based mooring service:

  1. a) U.S. warships, which will be escorted by a mandatory tugboat for mooring service according to the protocol signed with the SCA.
  2. b) Other Warships, which will be escorted by imposed tugboats if they refuse or are unable to have the service onboard.
  3. c) Towed units, excavators, Rigs, integrated units, and units of a special nature, which will have mooring service onboard or be escorted by imposed tugs if unable to have the service onboard, as per the current rules of navigation from December 2020.

The new tariff for providing mooring and lighting services in the new system will be as follows:

  1. Any ship, whether receiving onboard or shore-based mooring service, will pay a fixed total amount of USD 3,500 for mooring and lighting services in the new system. This tariff will be subject to an annual financial assessment in case there is a need for amendments (as a special arrangement for ships).
  2. In case the ship requests to be supplied with lighting service or if the searchlight does not comply with the Suez Canal (SC) Rules of Navigation (requiring a searchlight and an electrician), an additional USD 1,000 will be added to the previous tariff in item (1), making the total amount USD 4,500, including mooring and lighting services.
  3. If the electric connections do not comply with the SC Rules of Navigation, the vessel will be charged an additional fee of USD 5,000 from the second transit, as stipulated in the SC Rules of Navigation, December 2020 edition.

Click here to view the Navigation Circular No 1 / 2024

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