Suez Canal Tonnage :
(1) The tonnage on which fill dues and charges
to be paid by vessels, as specified in these regulations, are assessed,
is the net tonnage resulting from the system of measurement laid down
by the International Commission held at Constantinople in 1873, and
duly entered, on the special certificates issued by the competent authorities
in each Country.
In assessing the dues, any alteration of net
tonnage subsequent to the delivery of the above mentioned certificates
is taken into account.
(2) In order that the exemptions from measurement shown on the special
certificate may apply, there must be no merchandise, commercial stores,
or supplies, of any kind in the portions of spaces which are entitled
- Should a vessel, at anytime, transit with
passengers, merchandise of any kind, or bunker coal, or commercial
stores of any description, in any portion whatever of any exempted
or deducted spaces, the whole of that spaces is added to the net tonnage
and can nevermore be exempted from measurement.
- Nevertheless. the SCA agrees that in cases
where the vessel is sold, the new owners can again claim exemption
of the exemptable spaces previously taxed. The sale of the vessel
must of course be effective and bona fide. A new SC Special Tonnage
Certificate must be obtained.
(3) Double Bottom :
- When any bottom space is utilized over 6 inches
for the carriage of bunker during the transit of the Canal, its cubical
capacity will be added to the tonnage.
- Contrary, however, to the Rules now in force,
this addition will not be a permanent character, the cubical capacity
of the said spaces will only be added to the tonnage when they are
(4) Verification :
- a) The CA Officials(They are authorized
to get on board ships at Port Said, Bitter Lake and during transiting
the Canal. ) are empowered to ascertain whether cargo or passengers,
are carried in any space not included in the net tonnage entered on
the vessel's special certificate.
- b) And, generally, may verify whether all
spaces which ought to be included in the tonnage are entered on the
certificate and are correctly determined thereon, Seamen occasionally
taken on board vessels passing through the SC are considered as passengers,
unless they are duly entered on the ship's articles and certified
as being intended for vessels belonging to the same owners.
(5) Dock loads :
Unfixed and unenclosed deck loads are not included
in the measurement. Closed deck loads including containers on weather
deck of' cargo ships are to be included in the measurement.
(6) Vessels without a valid special tonnage certificate
: (Document issued by the Tonnage Authorities of the vessel's Registry.
- Every vessel not provided with a valid special
tonnage certificate showing the net tonnage prescribed by the Constantinople
commission, is measured by the CA officials in conformity with the
Rules laid down by the Constantinople Commission.
- The net tonnage thus arrived at, is provisionally
used for the assessment of dues, until such time as the vessel tenders
at a subsequent transit, a special certificate duly drawn up by the
- If there are any difficulties in assessment
of the net tonnage, especially in Maiden voyage, the dues shall be
levied provisionally on the gross tonnage until measured in other
(7) Navy ships :
- As long as the ship is not provided with SC
Special Tonnage Certificate, transit dues will be levied on the temporary
gross tonnage product of the empirical formula without any allowance
till the presentation of the documents required.
- Meanwhile, owing to special arrangements necessary
for transit of navy ships, a surcharge of 25% of the transit dues
is to be applied for Navy and Auxiliary ships belonging to the Navy
of different countries.
(8) Vessels in ballast distinctive character
- Merchant vessels :
- i - Which are not earning freight on their
- ii - Which are only carrying fuel for
their own consumption.
- iii - Carrying only its own crew, with
their private provisions, are considered as being in ballast.
- Containers on containerships, trailers on
vehicle carriers, and barges on lash vessels are considered as a permanent
vesselís equipment if fulfilling SC Conditions.
- The presence of oil residues(These residues
must not exceed 1% of the vessels Deadweight. ) on tankers, as
well as dry cargo on bulk carriers or combined carriers, does not
lose the vessels privilege of being in ballast.
- A small quantity of the previous cargo(Not
to exceed more than 2 % of the Summer Deadweight. ) on the liquefied
gas carriers, to maintain a low temperature inside the cargo tanks
to be able of receiving the new cargo, does not lose the vessel the
privilege of being in ballast.
- Small quantity remainder of previous packed
cargo garbage. dump, sweeping, ... etc., not exceeding 2M/ton on general
cargo vessels does not lose the vessel the privilege of being in ballast.(Not
to exceed more than 2 % of the Summer Deadweight. )
- For human reasons, the SCA will, however,
tolerate the presence of shipwreck survivors rescued at sea on board
vessels in ballast. The presence on board of such survivors shall
not render the vessel liable to dues at the full rate.
- A vessel landing her passengers or cargo before
passing through the Canal and taking them on board afterwards will
in no case be considered as being in ballast.
- Further in order to be entailed to claim the
benefit of the ballast rate, the volume of bunker coal or fuel must
not exceed 125 % of the engine room space as shown on the Suez Canal
Certificate. Bunker coal or fuel should, primarily, be contained in
the vessel's permanent or movable bunkers.
- On board vessels in ballast, the CA allows
part of the bunkers to be carried in the exempted portion of the bridge
without loss of the exemption.
- In any case, owners will have to take the
necessary steps to ensure that the total volume of all bunkers on
board can be easily ascertained.