Rates for vessels transiting the canal will be increased by six percent beginning in February 2022.
Admiral Osama Rabea, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in considering the rate increases, they carefully followed and scrutinized all the variables related to the shipping market, global economic indicators, and global trade movement.
The Canal Authority, however, said that it would exempt both LNG carriers and cruise ships from the increase in tariffs.
Cruise ships, they said, had been the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the efforts are designed to support a restoration of the traffic. Similarly, the Panama Canal Authority is also considering proposals to adjust the rates for cruise ships to also support their return.
The decision to raise the tariffs came after the Suez Canal set a new record for transits during October. The number of ships was up 14 percent year-over-year with a total of 1,847 transits. Net tonnage was up more than 11 percent to 112.1 million tons, contributing to a 12 percent increase in revenues to over $551.1 million.
The Suez Canal recorded its highest ever daily transits on September 29, 2021. A total of 87 vessels made the passage totaling 4.8 million net tons. During the day, a total of 49 vessels were northbound while 38 made the southbound transit.
During the first ten months of 2021, the Canal saw a nearly nine percent increase in tonnage. A total of 17,020 ships made the trip versus 1,380 in the first 10 months of 2020.
The Authority is forecasting continued strong volumes in the coming year and says that it is prepared to manage the traffic. It is also continuing efforts to upgrade its operations and enhance the services of the canal.
Among the record traffic in October was the transit of the largest container ship, Evergreen’s Ever Act.
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