LNG tankers now can enjoy toll
reductions from the Suez Canal Authority while operating between the American
Gulf, Arabian Gulf zone, India and its eastern ports.
To become eligible for toll reductions,
a request through its shipping agency must reach the Authorities; and, another
condition is that they must not call any port in between port of origin and
port of destination for commercial purposes. The ship’s operator must give a
formal declaration to the effect. In case the call happens to be a
non-commercial one, the authorities of these ports have to submit a certificate
to the SCA, stating the reasons of calling.
The company should also submit a
certificate from the last port of origin stating the date of sailing and a
certificate from the first port of arrival stating the date of arrival.
The documentation should be submitted
within 60 days from the date of transit.
The toll reductions relate to tankers
either loaded or in ballast.
A 30% cut will be offered to LNG
carriers sailing in the Arabian Gulf and west of India up to Kochi port. A
reduction of 40% of the canal dues is being provided for tankers
transiting East of the Port of Kochi west of India up to the Port of
Singapore, while a reduction of 50% will be in place for Singapore
and its eastern ports.