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Abu Kir - Other

Abu Kir is situated 20 km NE of Alexandria. It is a new port and still under construction.The management of handeling facilities are assigned to a private company. Originally for sole use of the Egyptian Navy when bewhn built around 1983. Now handles significant commercial traffic, mainly small cargo and bulk carriers, but the port's important role as a supply boat base sn rapidly increasing to the point where supply vessel activity is given priority over general cargo and bulk shipments. Portr is naturally well protected and rarely closed due to weather. The port is likely to continue to expand with extension already under constuction. Management at port is good and helpful. Crew may join or land for repatriation at canal ports.

Sign off/landing formalities of leaving crew and transportation from canal port to Cairo airport is attended by Leth Suez Transit.

Joining crew

  • Be in possession of valid seaman's book.
  • Hold an introduction letter from the owners stating ship's name, the port ship arrives and the Canal agent's name.
  • To hold contract of employment.
  • Officers should also bear their license of competency.
  • Repatriating crew

Owners / masters should provide Leth Suez Transit with the following:

  • Name
  • Position
  • Nationality and passport number
  • Destination.
  • Also to declare if PTA has been arranged or tickets are to be issued by the Canal agents with seamen's fare.

For European and USA citizens entry visa not required. Visa for other nationalities can be granted on arrival at Cairo airport, but it is recommended to be obtained before departing their country to avoid eventual delays. For certain countries entry visa is required prior arriving Cairo.

As per 1st of July 2002 Egyptian Authorities have decided that crew changes of people coming from flwg countries are NOT allowed in Egypt: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Somalia. This means that we, asagents, cannot issue 'OK to board' for any crew with said nationalities.

Far Eastern/African crew can not board ship flying flag other than their nationality. Master/officers may be excluded from this rule provided bearing translated license of competency.
Women not holding seamen's book may be considered as passengers, which can affect the canal tolls charged, especially when ship is in ballast condition.

Disembarking crew should hold valid seaman's book or passports. It is strongly recommended PTA tickets to be collectable at desk of airline company at Cairo airport and not in Cairo town office.