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Suez Canal / Latest update

13.07.2020

Traffic at Suez Canal today - convoys of 13/07/2020. 

* Southbound convoy total 17 vessels. Early Group 2 vessels from 0015 hrs till 0025 hrs and Ordinary Group from 0530 hrs till approx. 0830 hrs

* Northbound convoy total 18 vessels in one group from 0430 hrs till approx. 0800 hrs

Fyi, the Egyptian Prime Minister declared a partly curfew from 24/03/2020 to counter spreading of the corona-virus. The latest instructions that started from 27/06, the curfew is from 2200 PM till 0400 AM daily. All public and private transport will be suspended to minimize the risk of rapid virus transmission but will not affect vessels transiting through the  Suez Canal.

All employees working on Maritime transportation/Port Operations/Shipping etc… as well as Suez Canal Authority Pilots/Inspectors/Mooring men and Agency representatives are allowed to work during the curfew hours.

**Crew Change**

Please note that international flights resumed at all Egyptian airports from 01.07.2020 so crew change operations are again possible.

At the moment there are no special requirements for arrival and departure of passengers. A temperature check might be implemented due to COVID 19, but not confirmed yet.

European citizens can arrive without any problem.

All other nationalities are required to obtain an ‘Ok to Board’ letter from us and must show a Guarantee letter prior to arrival.  Thereafter Visa can be granted on arrival Cairo airport. 

At Port Said and Suez ports, no restrictions are announced until now. However, quarantine doctors must attend in advance before embarkation or disembarkation of personnel. Disembarkations will only be arranged if available flights are confirmed before vessels arrivals.

Leth Egypt Agencies will arrange on and off-signing crew as normal.

We have implemented several procedures to ensure the safety of the crew between the airport and the ship. E.g.:

- Upon arrival at Cairo Airport we provide the crew with COVID 19 virus protecting equipment such as face-masks and anti-bacterial washing liquid.

- We only use hotels approved by the Ministry of health

- Our cars and motor-boats are sterilized before and after use

- All of our staff at airports, ports and offices use Covid 19 virus protecting equipment

COVID 19 tests in Egypt are only available at Governmental hospitals and are arranged only for persons having the symptoms or are suspected carriers.

Some private hospital are allowed to do COVID 19 tests against approximately USD 200 and they send the samples to a Government hospital for analyzis. The result is ready in 4-5 days.

Please inform us at an early stage about your crew change plans.

Shipments to and from your vessels:

Below mentioned airlines have their cargo airplanes flying to Cairo airport on a weekly basis.

- Turkish: Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Emirates: will be scheduled later.
- Omani: Fridays.
- Lufthansa: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Martin Air KLM: Mondays.

Custom clearance may take upto 72 hours so please instruct your forwarders to check airline schedules and the vessels prospects well in time of a shipment.

Also courier companies (DHL-TNT-FedEx-UPS) are performing their services normally, however, shipments may be delayed by up to 3-5 working days in periods with high numbers of shipments.