Suez canal: Frequently used toll rebate schemes
UPDATED 5 APRIL 2016:
New Suez Canal discount structure in force : Bulker vessels bound from Australia and South Africa to Europe are given 75% and 40% discounts.
Suez Canal has today announced heavily discounted transit tolls for laden bulk carriers starting at Cadiz, Spain, and northern European ports, as well as vessels starting from Cairns, Australia and ending at Albany, US. Provided that documentation is filed correctly and on time, the rebates for the above mentioned ports is up to 75% and will be paid as a refund. Full payment upon transit is still required.
Furthermore for bulkers sailing from South African ports to Mediterranean, and the Black sea, the rebates on offer is 40%.
Suez Canal’s circular will come into force from today until 31 December and is subject to renewal.
Learn more about rebate structure and how you may benefit from these changes from our 24/7 Suez canal transit desk:
Suez Canal: 24/7 Transit Desk
- TEL: +20 623 196 620/1/2
- MOB: +20 127 665 8845 (2000-0800 hr)
Navigation Circulars are regularly updated by the SCA, and our 24/7 Transit Desk will always have the latest knowledge about any changes. The circulars can be found on www.suezcanal.gov.eg
Eligible rebates: All vessels travelling long haul voyages or transiting the canal for repair or maintenance in SCA Shipyards.
1. The long haul rebate system (Circular 4/2013)
On a case-by-case basis.
2. Ships transiting the canal for repair or maintenance in SCA Shipyards or its affiliated companies will be exempt from transit tolls.
Eligible rebates: Container ships coming from Norfolk port/ports north of Norfolk with destination Port Kelang and its eastern ports or Ports of Colombo and its eastern ports
Container ships (Circular 2/2016)
- Containerships coming from ports north of Norfolk (and port Norfolk itself) with destination Port Kelang and its eastern ports, shall be granted 45% rebate on the toll.
- Containerships coming from ports south of Norfolk with destination Port Kelang and its eastern ports, shall be granted 65% rebate on the toll.
- Containerships coming from ports south of Norfolk with destination Ports of Colombo and its eastern ports shall be granted 55% rebate.
Eligible rebates: Selected tankers using Sumed pipeline,VLCCs on specified voyages
1. Co-operation with SUMED pipeline and STS Lightering in Sidi Kerir (Relevant circulars)
- SCA allowed super tankers to transit SC partially loaded after lightering part of their cargo through SUMED pipeline.
- Tolls of USD 0.63 shall be levied on each metric ton of crude oil cargo.
- Crude oil cargo carried by the tanker shall be calculated by deducting the volume discharged at SUMED from the total cargo indicated in the cargo manifest and the bill of lading.
- The minimum transit dues for a laden northbound trip are US$ 130000.
- VLCCs (loaded in Algeria and in Mediterranean ports west of Algeria, as well as the North Sea and North West Europe) that lightering part of their cargos into medium size tankers at Sidi Krair, whereby the two tankers can transit the Suez Canal southbound .
- A charge of US$ 0.70 per each ton of crude oil on both tankers ( the VLCC and the lighter vessel ) shall be levied, with a minimum charge of US$ 200.000 for the trip when the World Scale Rate for the VLCC contract is 35 points or less .
- If the World Scale Rate is above 35 points the transit dues shall be increased by an extra US$ 0.05 ( five cents ) for each ton of crude oil against each extra point .
- Charges for escort tugboats and other charges shall be applied as per the Suez Canal Rules of Navigation and relevant circulars.
- The lighter vessel shall be exempted from transit dues on its northbound return trip provided it is Ballast and the return trip is made right after the discharge operation at Sukhna Port and within ten days of its loaded trip.
2. VLCCs in ballast of 200,000 DWT and above coming from Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and North Coast of South America (Circular No. 4/2016)
A 45% reduction from the applicable SC transit tolls excluding other services dues shall be offered to VLCC's – in ballast of 200,000 DWT and above, coming from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the North Coast of South America
3. VLCC (Circular 3/2016)
- VLCC of 250,000TS DWT coming from Arabian Gulf heading to American gulf or the Caribbean zone on their round trip to transit the Suez canal after discharging part of their cargo in SUMED line. Any VLCC doing laden northbound is to pay a lumpsum of USD 155.000 including charges of tugs, charges for arrival after limit time and charges for booking in the convoy. A VLCC is to pay a lumpsum of USD 230.000 on her return southbound ballast trip including charges of tugs, charges for arrival after limit time and charges for booking in the convoy.
- A round trip through Suez canal will incur USD 385.000 as all inclusive Suez canal tolls. This circular takes effect as of 16th June 2016 for an experimental period of 6 months (180 days) to be renewed.
Eligible rebates: Dry bulk carriers completing roundtrips from East Coast of Americas or Caribbean zone or wheat vessels with final destination Aqaba Port
1. Laden dry bulk vessels coming from ports in eastern and southern Australia and heading to northwest Europe (Circular 2/2017)
Laden Dry Bulk Vessels coming from ports at East & South Australia; starting at Cairns port at the East and ending at Albany Port at the South; heading to ports at North West Europe; starting at Cadiz Port and northern ports; shall be granted a 75% rebate of normal Suez Canal transit tolls. Valid from 4 April - 31 December 2017 and subject to renewal.
2. Laden dry bulk vessels sailing from South African ports to Mediterranean Sea ports, including the Black Sea (Circular 3/2017)
Laden Dry Bulk Vessels coming from Republic of South Africa ports and heading to Mediterranean Sea ports (including Black Sea ports) bounded by Ceuta port at the West of the Mediterranean sea shall be granted a 40% rebate of normal Suez Canal transit tolls. Valid from 4 April - 31 December 2017 and subject to renewal.
3. Dry bulk carriers completing roundtrips from East Coast of Americas or the Caribbean zone (Circular 6/2014)
A rebate of 35% of transit tolls on the round trip for dry bulk Carriers shall be applied for ships working between ports of East Coast of the Americas and the Caribbean, heading to (or coming from) ports of Indian Subcontinent and Asian countries located East of India.
Eligible rebates: 25% rebate on transit tolls for all LNG carriers, with additional rebate incentives based on cargo quantities
1. 25% rebate on transit tolls for LNG Carriers.
2. Cargo incentive rebate policy (Circular 3/2011)
- 5% on transit tolls for quantities exceeding 1 million Ton up to 3 million Ton (LNG tankers only)
- 10% on transit tolls for quantities exceeding 3 million Ton up to 5 million Ton (LNG tankers only)
- 15% on transit tolls for quantities exceeding 5 million Ton (LNG tankers only)
Eligible rebates: Up to 50% on transit tolls for Cruise Vessels calling on Egyptian ports in the Red Sea or Mediterranean Sea.
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