Transit through the SC is open to vessels of all nations subject to their complying with the conditions stated in the present Rules of Navigation. All references and circulars which shall be issued by the SCA will constitute an integral part of these rules. Vessels also have to comply with the provisions of the International Regulations for SOLAS and its amendments, MARPOL 73/78, as well as the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and all laws, orders, and regulations issued by the Egyptian Government.
The SCA reserves the right to refuse access to the Canal waters, or order the towage or convoying of vessels considered dangerous or troublesome to navigation in the Canal. (Non or erroneous declaration of dangerous cargo see art.47bis).
By the sole fact of using the Canal waters, masters and owners of vessels bind themselves to accept all the conditions of the present Rules of Navigation, with which they acknowledge being acquainted, to conform with these conditions in every respect, to comply with any requisition made with a view to their being duly carried out, and to adhere to CA private Code of Signals as shown in Part III of these Rules.
Containerships are advised to have their own spreaders (slings) to assist unloading and reloading containers in case of necessity. But those carrying different sizes of containers must have their own spreaders.
There must be a rudder angle indicator and an engine R.P.M. indicator in the wheelhouse so located and illuminated as to be easily visible by the pilot.
Any transiting vessel must be equipped with two classed anchors located forward of the collision bulkhead. Each anchor must be fitted with its own chain or wire cable, and be capable of being released, and raised by means of a windlass or capstain.
In lieu of 1, vessels of less than 1500 SCGT must be equipped with one working anchor.
Canal Waters mean the Canal proper, and the access channels thereto, the waters within the Canal Authority concession adjacent to the Canal proper, port Said Harbour and port of Suez.
The Canal proper: As to its length, is reckoned to run from Km 3.710 West Branch for vessels entering from port Said Harbour and from Km 1.333 East Branch for vessels entering through the East Approach Channel to Hm.3 at Suez, including the two channels of the G.B.L and all Canal by - passes.
As to its width the Canal is bounded by two banks when they are immerged water, if the banks are submerged, the width of the Canal is Limited to the perpendiculars at the point of intersection of the submarine bank with the horizontal plane corresponding to the maximum draught authorized including squat.
The Canal Authority may delay a vessel for the purpose of investigating any claim or dispute that may arise, or any formal or informal complaint, or allegation of violation of the laws of the Canal or for security reasons.
A vessel may be delayed until, in the opinion of CA, its tenderness, trim, list, cargo, hull, machinery have been put into such condition as will make the vessel reasonably safe for her passage through the Canal.
No claim for damages is accepted or considered because of any such temporary delaying of vessels.
Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels, whatever be their tonnage when entering, leaving, moving, changing berth or shifting on Canal Waters or port Said and Suez harbors.
Any exemption must be explicitly authorized by the Suez Canal Authority.
Vessels at Port Said Anchorage Areas (Northern and Southern), Suez Roads, the Bitter Lakes and Timsah Lake are not
authorized to change berth, anchorage or make fast alongside other vessel or carry out any cargo operations without explicit authorization from the SCA.