Escorting & Towage

The transit department owns multiple tugs ranging from 2600 HP to 16000 HP used for towing, salvage, fire-fighting and berthing of ships.

The escort of VLCC's, ULCC's, LPG, LNG, large bulk carriers and other vessels as follows:

  1. Loaded vessels less than 70000 Suez NRT will be escorted by one tug if for technical reasons SCA finds it necessary, or when the vessel's draft exceeds 47ft.
    a) Loaded heavy lift vessels are to be escorted by one or more tugs according to decision of SCA after survey.
    b) Integrated units are escorted by one tug on their first transit.
  2. a) Loaded vessels from 70000 Suez NRT till 90000 Suez NRT will be escorted by one tug.

    b) Loaded vessels over 90001 Suez NRT will be escorted by two tugs.
  3. Vessels in ballast over 130000 Suez NRT will be escorted by one tug.
  4. LPG and LNG vessels over 25000 Suez NRT (except Gas Free) will be escorted by one tug.
  5. a) LPG and LNG vessels container (tank on deck) completely separate from cargo tank with maximum tonnage of 180 t will be considered as gas free.

    b) Tankers in gas free condition are to be treated as tankers in ballast.


    c) Masters are kindly requested to maintain safety intervals, not less than 20 minutes or more than 25 minutes, for such vessels.
  6. Vessels in ballast with beam over 218 ft and up to 233 ft will be escorted by one tug.
  7. Vessels in ballast with beam over 233 ft will be escorted by two tugs.
  8. Towed scrap vessels will be escorted by one tug.
  9. 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.
  10. Integrated Units to be escorted by one tug during first transit.