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Because of the high density of shipping traffic and the difficult approach to Port Said, the harbour should not be entered at night.

A pilot is required for entry into Port Said.

On arrival in the waiting area at the port entrance (Position 31° 15'39"N, 32° 20'28"E), call Port Said Port Control on VHF Channel 12 and give them the Agent's name and all the yacht details, as well as requesting permission to proceed to the Yacht Club.

Port Control will then send a pilot to the entrance of the port to guide arriving yachts to the Yacht Club marina. The pilot will come out in his orange boat – be well prepared with fenders and to pay a "tip" (a small sailing yacht should pay around $10).

Port Fouad Yacht Club is located on the eastern side of the harbour.

With visas in Turkey now restricted to visits of 90 days in 180, it's useful to know that Port Said is just a 2-3 day sail away from Marmaris if considering cruising Egypt in the interim.

Position 31° 15'39"N, 32° 20'28"E (waiting area)

Last updated May 2017.

Clearance

For full details on clearing into and out of the country see noonsite's Egypt Formalities.

An agent helps greatly in Egypt to deal with all the necessary paperwork and "baksheesh" culture.

See Agents for details of any Clearance agents.

If the yacht is transiting the canal and only staying in Port Said as long as it takes to make arrangements for the transit, immigration formalities are simple and no visas will be issued. Those who wish to stay longer and visit other parts of Egypt need to go through the normal entry procedure.

Procedure for Transiting the Suez Canal - North to South

Captains of yachts intending to transit the Canal will be informed at the yacht club either by a club official or an official of the Canal Authority, on the correct procedure to follow.

Although time consuming, taking about 2-3 days, the formalities can be carried out by the captain alone and the service of an agent is not essential. It does however make life a lot easier as the agent will handle all of the below.

Prior to transit

The captain first has to visit the Small Craft Department in the main building of the Canal Authority in Port Said. He will be instructed as to the various formalities to be carried out and also the payments to be made. These payments include the transiting fee, insurance policy, ports and lights fee.

The following offices must be visited in either Suez (northbound) or Port Said (southbound):

  • Suez Canal Small Craft Department: to present ship's documents and request transit.
  • Port Immigration: to complete arrival forms even by those who do not require a visa.
  • Insurance company: to issue insurance certificate.
  • Return to the small craft office to present the insurance certificate.
  • The day before the transit the Customs and Quarantine offices must be visited to clear the yacht out of country. The officers may visit the yacht too.
  • Port immigration office to present departure form.
  • Red Sea port authority to issue port clearance.
  • Return with the port clearance to the small craft office who will give it to the pilot before the transit.
  • Inspection office for measurement and final inspection before the transit in order to issue a transit permit. NOTE: When asked for draft in order to calculate the yacht's volume, do not include the keel.
  • No Suez canal certificate is issued for small craft, but your Suez canal gross tonnage is registered under the yacht name in the canal authority system, so if you pass the canal again you will not have to be measured again.
  • All yachts have to be searched by the Egyptian army before transit. The usual timing for army boarding is at 1900 the day before transit.
  • On the day of the transit, the small craft office will call the skipper to collect the pilot and take him to the yacht club to commence the transit.
  • Pilot boarding time not before 10 am.


The Transit

On the day of the transit the pilot will arrive in the morning (not before 10am) to guide the yacht as far as Ismailia in the NW corner of Lake Timsah, where the yacht must spend the night as yachts are not allowed to transit at night. The crew are not allowed to go ashore. Early the following morning, either the same pilot or another one will continue the transit to Suez. Normally yachts stop at the Suez Yacht Club before continuing into the Red Sea.

See Suez Canal Regulations.

Warning Notes:

  • Do not rely on the pilot knowing anything about piloting a yacht. Keep in 8-10m of water close to the buoys if the flow is against you and 15-18m if the flow is with you. You can gain well in excess of 1 knot doing so.
  • No yacht can transit the canal if a warship is passing through.
  • If you have problems in the Canal, such as engine trouble, it is best to contact your agent first who may be able to find a solution. The tow spot agents in Port Said for small craft are Prince and Felix. If the Canal Authority are contacted they will send a Canal tug and the charges are extremely high.
  • Be prepared for the "baksheesh" culture of the canal and carry plenty of small change US$.

Last updated May 2017.

Docking

Cruisers don't recommend staying at this port. Apart from the moorings being affected by the wash of traffic leaving the canal, you are likely to be charged whatever the numerous officials think that they can get away with.

Port of Damietta
PO Box 13 , Damietta 34511 , Egypt
Tel:+20 57-325940 Fax:+20 57 325930 ,VHF Channel 14
Latitude: 31º 28' 17' N - Longitude:31º 47' 0' E

Yacht Clubs

Port Fouad Yacht Club
Port Fouad, PO Box 618 , Port Said
Tel:+20 66 333132 / 337165 Fax:+20 66 333510 / 348772 ,VHF Channel 12, 16
31°15.42'N - 32°19'E
Located just east across the Suez canal from Port Said (free ferries 24/7). A pilot is compulsory to get here. Renovated in 2009, however the wash from the canal traffic still causes turbulence and cruisers report that the marina is neglected and water polluted. Yachts need to use their own anchor. The staff are reported to be very helpful and friendly. Berthing cost increase as of June 2009, see report adjacent. No port fees or agency fees required. Security is very good with two 24-hour police and the marinas own security staff.
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