Escort and Imposed Tugs cases

According to Suez Canal updated Rules of Navigation


Art. 57 – Cases of Imposed Tugs:

Chargeable tugs will be imposed during Canal transit in the following cases

  1. The SCA may require any vessel to take one tug or more tugs during Canal transit, whenever, in SCA judgment, this action is necessary to ensure safety of the vessel or to the Canal.
  2. Vessels without mechanical power, or vessels whose machinery of which is/or becomes disabled, or having bad steering, or which is liable to become unmanageable for any reason, shall be towed through the Canal.
  3. Vessels having engine or steering gear trouble for the second time during the same passage.
  4. Vessel with bad view owing to deck cargo, containers, cranes or constructions that impeded the view from the wheelhouse and wings . (SC port office officials may decide after survey for the safety of the ship and the Canal that the ship has to be towed.)
    • Vessels of 1500 SC.G.T. and over unable to use one of their bow anchors.
    • Vessels of 1500 SC.G.T. and over built with one anchor.
    • Vessels of 1500 SC.G.T. and over built with more than one anchor with only one of them on the bow.
    • Special Cases to be studied.
  5. Drilling vessels.
  6. Vessels with two engines on one propeller of which one is out of order for any reason and can not maintain speed of at least 10 knots without current (after sea trial to make sure of the speed and valid sea worthiness certificate).
  7. Vessels with two engines on two propellers of which one is out of order.
  8. On Master's request for one tug or more.
  9. Submarines to be escorted by one or two imposed tugs according to SCA survey. (Depending on submarine condition, anchors, mooring facilities, power drive, . . . etc.).
  10. Air craft carriers to be escorted by two imposed tugs.
  11. Scrapped vessel transiting under tow is escorted by SC tug.

-General Cargo or multi-purpose vessels carrying explosive of type class 1, (Explosive div.1.1, div. 1.2, and div.1.3 according to IMDG code) more than 3 tons, an imposed tug is to be added during transit, for security.


Art. 58 – Escorting Tugs:

-The escort of VLCC s, ULCC’s, L.P.G, L.N.G, Large Bulk Carriers and other vessels, except Container Ships less than 170,000 SC.N.T will be as follows:

  1. Loaded vessels less than 70000 SC.N.T. will be escorted by one tug when the vessels draught is more than 47 feet.
  2. Loaded vessels from 70000 SC.N.T. to 90000 SC.N.T. will be escorted by one tug.
  3. Loaded vessels over 90000 SC.N.T. will be escorted by two tugs.
  4. Vessels in ballast over 130000 SC.N.T. will be escorted by one tug.
  5. L.P.G., and L.N.G. over 40000 and up to 90000 SC.N.T. (Except G.F.), or loaded with Ammonia cargo will be escorted by one tug, and those over 90000 SC.N.T. will be escorted by two tugs.
  6. Vessels in ballast with beam over 218 feet up to 233 feet will be escorted by one tug.
  7. Vessels in ballast with beam over 233 feet will be escorted by two tugs.
  8. Loaded Semi-submersible ships carrying drillers or floating units (300 SC.G.T. and over) will be escorted by one tug or more tugs as decided by SC port office after survey on arrival.
  9. Integrated Units to be escorted by one tug during first transit. (See Appendix NO 1 special cases item "F" P. 93).
  10. Container ships of 170,000 SC.N.T and more will be escorted by 2 tugs .
  11. Loaded tankers, bulk cargo ships and chemicals less than 70,000 SC.N.T and not fitted with double bottom tanks are escorted by one tug.

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