Suez Canal reduces cheaper tolls for empty US oil vessels travelling to Gulf
Published 2016-07-26 11:24:40| Amwal Al Ghad English
The Suez Canal Authority has announced a decision to reduce the toll on empty US oil vessels sailing through the canal to the Gulf by between 20 and 45 percent. The new toll was introduced on Monday and will continue for six months, ending in December, at which point it will be reviewed and possibly extended. In a statement on Monday, the authority said that ships with a capacity of 200,000 tons or more will be entitled to the cheaper rate of passage.
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