Egypt: Vessel searches

Port news

Published: 18 July 2013

Given the present situation in Egypt, the Egyptian Navy and the Armed Forces have heightened the state of emergency in Sinai, as well as all cities along the Canal in general with special emphasis on the Suez Canal itself. As one of the main sources of income to Egypt it is considered a sensitive national security priority.

Accordingly, the Egyptian Navy have lately implemented a random inspection system to be carried out on vessels transiting the canal as well as vessels berthing inside the ports along the Suez Canal. So far this has apparently not been too onerous and vessels have not suffered any significant delay or complication.

Our Correspondents strongly recommended that Masters of vessels transiting the Canal or calling to Suez Canal Ports are given instructions by Members to fully cooperate with the Navy and/or Military intelligence officers who might be boarding their vessels during their call/transit in the area.

It will be also important for members’ vessels to fully comply with the previous decrees issued in respect of the carriage of arms and armed guards onboard vessels transiting the canal or calling Egyptian ports (an earlier circular from Eldbi Pandi attached herewith for easy reference).

If Masters have any concerns about the situation or who may be seeking to board their vessel, they are recommended to contact Skuld Correspondents for immediate assistance.

If Members have any queries in relation to this matter they are asked to contact the Association.

The Association is grateful to Skuld Correspondents Eldib Pandit and El Hamamsy for providing the following information to the Association.