News 17 Jul, 2013

Egypt - Naval Inspections of Vessels Transiting the Suez Canal

The Managers have been advised that as a consequence of the ongoing political tensions in Egypt, the Egyptian Navy in Port Said is now carrying out inspections of vessels due to transit the Suez Canal on behalf of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Inspection Committee. This measure has been introduced as an additional precaution to ensure the security of both the Suez Canal and of vessels in transit.

Egyptian Navy personnel are selecting vessels at random to check that there are no weapons or illegal cargo on board, and that the vessel’s certification and cargo documentation are in order.

If a Member’s vessel is selected for inspection, the Master and crew are urged to co-operate fully throughout. Failure to do so may result in the vessel being delayed for up to seven days while a more thorough investigation takes place, a substantial fine may be imposed and the vessel may be held liable for other costs. The Master and/or other crew members may also be summoned to appear at the Military Prosecutor’s Office if it is alleged that they hindered the inspection.

Members requiring further guidance are advised to contact the Loss Prevention department.