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what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:22:26 AM »
Egypt is quite a popular torist destination (both for "towns, monuments, museums" - Cairo, Luxor, etc. and "seaside resorts" type tourism - Hurdgarda, etc., also Nile cruises are quite popular)...

what about possible spotting on the Suez Canal ?...

what would be best locations ?...
(preferably with reasonably priced hotel close to the canal and in location, where cross-canal ferry or bridge is available to change the sides of the canal with sun travelling)

what would be best time of the year?

what is the intensity of the ship traffic - how many ships one would expect to see during one day or one week ?...

would it be safe to sit whole days with some photo equipment somewhere on the bank of the canal ?...
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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 08:42:38 PM »
I heard all around Suez is high security area with guards, no photographs available there.
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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 09:51:32 PM »
Hi!
You should check out this page:

http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/

This is the official page, which contains tons of statistics(they have an average of 50 ships in transit pr day, in July 2010).

However, be aware that military presence is strong on both sides of the canal, and before taking any photos, I would definetly do everything to seek a permit for photos if you plan to take a lot of pictures.

Good luck!
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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 10:08:14 AM »
does anyone know if it is a pilot station with pilot boats or some kind of law enforcement unit station with patrol boats (eg. police or army or coast guard) ?...

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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010, 10:54:55 AM »
There must be some way to take photos from the shore at the suez canal as I have seen lots of photos from the shore of ships tranisting the canal on Webshots.

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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2010, 09:42:32 PM »
Well, you can stay at the Hotel Sonesta Port Said in Part Said, Egypt at the north entrance to the canal and take pictures from your hotel room and who can object?


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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2010, 09:32:01 PM »
Dear polsteam,
I was many times on the suezchanal for spotting. It is definetely the best place for shipspotting in the world a lot of large vessels comes in a short time but it is also a dangerous place. you are secure with your eqiipment not problem for you. there is a lot of police and secure police around and these people are not very friendliy.  .On christmas 2008 I was one day in prison by the police because I took photos at suez channel in Ismaeliya. If you want to go there please send me a pm I will write you then some interesting details
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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 11:25:41 AM »
I've been couple of times to all three cities (Port Said, Suez, Ismailiya) and the last one has the worst position for photographing and hiking around. In Port Said you won’t be disturbed by locals, but there is pretty far from Lesseps Monument to eastern entrance (New Container Terminal) into Suez Canal and taking photos of afternoon northbound convoy has no sense.  First southbound convoy starts at midnight, what makes ship watching again very inappropriate.

The best solution is visiting Suez, which developed in the last two years in a very pleasant city with great promenade at the entrance to the canal and good connections with Cairo. You can catch early northbound convoy and almost touch first southbound convoy in the afternoon. From the sea “no photo” signs are visible (the mosque is there) but ashore locals were taking photos in a very relaxing atmosphere. In any case you should be aware, that you will be the only tourist/non local/visitor there with all consequences which arise in Arabic part of the world. Note: those cities have nothing to do with Hurghada, Cairo or Sharm. As from 2008 to 2010 the authorities seemed to be a little more flexible but always expect some unexpected scenarios.  
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Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?...
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2022, 07:19:44 AM »
I've been to Port Said, Suez, and Ismailiya a few times, and the latter has the worst setting for photography and hiking. You won't be bothered by anyone in Port Said, but the eastern entrance (New Container Terminal) to  the Suez Canal is a long way away from the Lesseps Monument, making it pointless to photograph a northbound convoy in the afternoon. The first southbound convoy departs at midnight, making ship-watching a no-no again.