Further to below news of 17th January please find below report from our local office in respect to the meeting yesterday:
Pls. be guided that still nothing fixed for S/B vessels and below pls. find the important points during the meeting y’day
Port police station 19.01.2012 10:00 hrs
Military/Port police/SCA/local agencies (Leth Egypt/A.G.T/Barwil/Maersk/Inchcape/International agency/RedMar/Port Said chamber of shipping Mr. Adel El-Lamai/No one from the state agency)
- Option 1- Port police to collect the weapons from vessels at the anchorage area before joining the convoy to be secured by the military during the road transportation from Port Said to Suez for redelivery onboard under the Port police at Suez while vessel clearing Suez Canal.
- Option 2- Local agencies (without any attendance from the official authorities) to collect the weapons from vessels at the anchorage area before joining convoy to be secured by the military during the road transportation from Port Said to Suez for redelivery onboard under the port police at Suez while vessel clearing Suez Canal.
- Option 3- Port police to attend onboard vessels carrying weapons before entering the Suez Canal to secure weapons onboard in closed cabin and disembark the vessel at Suez after completion of the Suez Canal passage.
Port police managements at Cairo refused the proposal boarding vessels at Port Said anchorage area (safety wise for the police officers due to the challenging weather condition at Port Said anchorage)
Local agencies refused to collect the weapons under their responsibilities due to the same reasons as well as pointing out the risk of delaying vessels for joining the convoy.
Finally official authorities decided to keep the weapons onboard for S/B vessels with the original arrangements (master declarations, weapons sealed and locked away etc.) until further notice. The Authorities will study how to find the best solution to secure the weapons for S/B vessels.
N/B vessels are not allowed to keep weapons onboard during the transit anymore considering the storage facility approved by the official authorities started as from 17th N/B convoy.