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Old 25-05-2004, 07:27   #1
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Suez Canal

Anyone have any experience with or information on the Suez Canal? I've heard it's difficult to get through since you have to bribe the officials. Is this a big deal? How much does the transit cost?
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Look in the book "Sailing Promise" by Alayne Main. It has a good description of their passage through the region.
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Thanks.

That's wonderful because I just ordered that book from Borders yesterday. Someone else recommended it highly. Thank you.
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Suez Canal transit

I came up through Suez last year, yes you have to pay bribes to get through and it varies from boat to boat and pilot to pilot on what is asked or expected.

The general rule is that they all want something and you have to offer both cash and/or small items to get the wheels oiled. It does not have to be a lot, the actual canal fees are the main burden. I think we paid our pilot about $30 plus quite a few small items, plus a few other tips here and there. I know others who paid both more and less. Whatever you give, they will probably ask for more!

The main rule is this, they will press you for what they think they can get. Be firm and don't be afraid to offer small amounts.
We have sailed around the world and the Suez canal and Egypt were the most demanding of anywhere we have been for bribes and general hassle.
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