Suez Canal Security On "High Alert" Amid Escalating Tensions

Tyler Durden's picture

The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority is coordinating a "high alert" military response as protests escalate against President Morsi. The army and navy stepped up patrols of the 190-kilometer (118-mile) canal linking the Red and Mediterranean seas about a week ago, he said. "Closing the canal outright would be very difficult without the support of the military," Barclays notes as the army and navy steps up patrols of the 190km canal.

While unrest that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Mursi’s predecessor, failed to halt traffic last year, fewer vessels passed along the canal. An average of 1,435 ships a month used the link, the lowest figure since 2005. So far, traffic is "normal and has not faced any disruptions."

Via Bloomberg,

The canal handles about 8 percent of seaborne trade, according to Barclays. It carried about 4.5 percent of global trade in oil in 2011, the bank said. The waterway also carries about 14 percent of liquefied natural gas cargoes, the note showed.


About 800,000 barrels of crude and 1.4 million barrels of refined fuels passed along the canal daily in 2011, the bank said, citing data from the U.S. Energy Department. An adjacent pipeline carried an additional 1.7 million barrels a day, it said.


The canal was shut for several months during the Suez Crisis, when the U.K., France and Israel invaded Egypt in 1956 in an effort to prevent the link from being nationalized. The waterway closed for eight years a decade later, forcing oil tankers to head around South Africa to deliver cargoes.

And perhaps just as important, Haaretz reports that Israel agrees to Egypt troop movements in Sinai.

Egypt is believed to have moved several dozen armored vehicles to the volatile border; Muslim Brotherhood calls supporters to take to the streets.


Israel's military said Tuesday that Egypt has moved forces into the border area near the Gaza Strip in coordination with Israel.


With unrest sweeping the country, Egypt is believed to have moved several dozen armored vehicles to the volatile border area to contain militant activity. The Israeli military gave no details.


Under a 1979 peace treaty, Egypt is required to coordinate any special military activity in the area with Israel.


In a statement Tuesday, the Israeli army said "the Egyptian military activity in Sinai is coordinated with Israeli security elements and authorized at the most senior levels in Israel, to contend with security threats in Sinai that pose a threat to both Israel and Egypt."

Morsi's fate may now be sealed.

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shankster's picture

Anyone else feel like something's going to happen soon?

YuropeanImbecille's picture

NO, all is good. And even if something would happen, seriously who gives a shit? Egypt has no oil anymore so we don't give a F about them.

Only ones interested in Egypt are the israelis.

lakecity55's picture

We are overdue for another false flag attack.

francis_sawyer's picture

- Only ones interested in Egypt are the israelis.

- We are overdue for another false flag attack.


ummmm... [unlucky in Syria]?...

Xibalba's picture

White House Down and Olympus has Fallen were propaganda duds.  Gotta giove the 'Patriot' terrorists something to cheer about for the 4th. 

francis_sawyer's picture

When you drag a bitch down the hallway & all she can think to do is recite the 'Pledge of Allegiance', you've pretty Evel Knieveled ALL the sharks that ever were...

Xibalba's picture

I laughed my ass off! I was rooting for the Koreans the whole time.  

knukles's picture

What are we doing over there?
Why hasn't anybody else except me figured out that we, like the rest of the world could just go home, leave everybody else alone and buy our oil from people who want to sell it?
Why all the fucking about?

Somebody's acting crazy...

Flakmeister's picture

And what are we going to buy the oil with?

Inquiring minds are anxious to know...

Dr. Engali's picture

Good luck buying oil without the miltary backed petro dollar.

BLOTTO's picture

Interesting that ancient Egyptians sat on all that oil 5,000 years ago...and didnt use a single drop.

Flakmeister's picture

Pray tell, how would they have drilled down ~8,000 ft to get it?

I'll put aside the evidence for seeps in the Sinai and the observation of "Burning Bushes" associated with these seeps...

MiltonFriedmansNightmare's picture

Could it be that a family by the name of Rothschild has a rather keen interest in the Suez Canal? Just askin.....

earleflorida's picture

when the suez canal was first constructed, the egyptian port authority went bankrupt or bust because of mismanagement, and lack of financier's. so who came to the rescue? the mighty rothschild's of course! they helped finance the britains war against napoleon in the 19th c. and subsequently went on to raise funds [bond offering] for a loan allowing the british gov't to buy the suez canal [long term contract over and beyond 100 yr's outright]... but, allowing the egyptian port authority their share of a limited soverignty. [insert laughter here] :-))

it was general Gamel Abdel Nasser that was a fly-in-their oinment,... but most importantly hated by the 'muslim brotherhood that tried several times to assassinate him!

Ps. a day late, but couldn't help but contribute some history about the Rothschild's and the Rockefeller's partnerships that soon were to 'darwin'!

Race Car Driver's picture

> ummmm... [unlucky in Syria]?...

How about Houston? How about Detroit? How about Pittsburg, PA?

francis_sawyer's picture

I got some peanut butter... 2 last a coupla a days... [u can always count on the 'Heebie Jeebies' to be around though]...


Randall Cabot's picture

Well let's see, lately they tried to freak out the couch potatoes by pretending to slaughter children at Sandy Hook. Then they tried to freak out the couch potatoes further by pretending that bombs blew off the legs of numerous people in Boston. So if we try to think like supremacists then the next false flag should be something that continues that theme, something that will freak out the couch potatoes to an even greater degree.

de3de8's picture

Boy does that carrier look like a sitting duck

roadhazard's picture

All navy ships are sitting ducks in the 21st century. They are around only to project power. The glass jaw of the military, anybodies military.

climber's picture

I'll agree with you on the topic of aircraft carriers. But super quiet submarines with the firepower to level multiple cities are still pretty imposing. 


Taint Boil's picture



Imagine a bunch of suicidal homing pigeons landing on that sucker. I imagine the ROI is quite low compared to the cost of a carrier. But seriously I imagine there are many creative ways to take out a carrier and I can see everyone’s jaw dropping to the floor when / if it happens. We aren’t the only ones with high tech gadgets and I assume there has been a lot of thought put into it – it would be a huge psychological blow to the USA.   

CPL's picture

Soon?  It already happened.  Started years ago.  Like the wind and water wear away a cliff over time, the process is similar.

Son of Loki's picture

No. Everything is fine. The 40% plunge in AAPL....20% plunge in Blueberry....16% tumble in Oracle...and so on....merely flesh wounds....just a bump in the road.....


slaughterer's picture

 “There are no signs that the Egyptian armed forces, which have given the Mursi government 48 hours to resolve the crisis, have any intention of taking such drastic action (of closing the Suez canal).”


FieldingMellish's picture

Considering that the military controls an estimated 40% of the Egyptian economy, they won't take the decision to lose the canal lightly.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

The spice must flow. The Egyptian army will see to that regardless of what horse they back politically. The Israelis know it also and that is why this operation won't be an issue politically for either side since involves keeping shipping routes open for global commerce.

AssFire's picture

It is all about taking moar and moar from the populace whether in taxes, inflation or in this case elevated energy costs.

Headbanger's picture

Yeah but can the Suez Canal be hacked!?

Inthemix96's picture

Somethings coming down the pike folks.

My spidee sense is positivley fucking tingling.

We are watching you back NSA, GCHQ, tread fucking carefully here boys.

krispkritter's picture

I think you mean 'High (Gas Price) Alert'. 

"The canal was already on the “highest security alert possible” even before the most recent protests"

I guess we're headed for a 'Ludicrous High Alert Status' then...hang on to your bread helmets, it's gonna be one hell of a ride!

Truther's picture

It's war BITCHEZ..... Get used to it.

Flakmeister's picture

Egypt gets about 5 billion a year in revenue from the Canal...

With demise of oil exports, a collapse in tourism, it falls on the canal and cotton exports to subsidize bread and fuel...

The military will not tolerate any actions threatening canal traffic....

involuntarilybirthed's picture

Agree,  the Suez, southern security for Israel (Camp David Accords) and strategic footprint stuff is what the rent payment of 1.3B is all about.  And mostly it is required to purchase US military equip which helps our jobs.  And if we can be friends, that's nice and we would prefer they not act up.  (Some of the $1.3B (also Camp David Accords) is allowed for them to run the admin support of the program and here is where those in power take their cut, and selling older equip).  Peace and access is expensive. 

Flakmeister's picture

Good god, someone who is capable of having an adult discusson! Thank you!

Dr. Engali's picture

I do believe that "adult discussions" require the two parties involved to engage like adults. Not to fling childish insults around such as "you are full of shit". Maybe it's just me, but that seems to be the opposite of an adult discussion.

Flakmeister's picture

I always reply in kind.... 

And asinine statements with no basis in reality deserve to be riduculed for what they are....

Dr. Engali's picture

The statment "you are completely full of shit" is just a childish insult to the person.  It says nothing about the statement. A more reasoned adult response would go something like this: "That's a good theory, however this is what I believe is going on". After all most of us at this site are all trying to figure it out. Intelligent debate is welcomed, arrogance is not.

Flakmeister's picture

Yeah, sure thing, whatever....

The comment section of ZH is on par with  the Yahoo! boards for meaningful content. I only post here for comic relief as there are some commentators that can be very amusing, not that I follow any of them closely...

The rules go like this, if you have demonstrated that you can maintain a reasonably civil tongue, adhere more or less to the facts, we will get along fine. There are many posters here that I have fundamental disagreements with on philosophy of the political economy, but somehow we seem to  get along. And those of you falling into that category will immediately concur..

However, there are those that don't and I have learned that no goodwill on my behalf will change things... And afterall, this is fight club and you should be able to defend anything you post....


Jack Burton's picture

Egyptians have a right to determine their own government and it's domestic and foreign policy as long as this meets the desires of the USA.

Now that may sound stupid as a statement. But it is NOT stupid as the policy that the USA now maintains across the globe. Our foreign service, military and CIA secret services are fully engaged behing the scenes. If the Egyptian Army moves, it will move upon the request of the USA and it will institute the policies the USA approves of.

To see this system in action, look to Syria. Syria has long refused to accept US dictates as to their govenment, foreign policy and domestic policy. So you see the US has recruited a foreign terror army to invade Syria and the result is a bloodbath. If Egypt can't be brought into the fold, then civil war in Egypt is possible, with the USA as a major funder of IT'S side.

Flakmeister's picture

Sorry, but you completely full of shit on Syria...

Syria is just the next phase in the Arab world's version of the Thirty Years War....

Egypt has very little to do with sectarian violence....

francis_sawyer's picture

Billy ~ Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

Flakmeister's picture

What's the matter? Did you run out of flies to tortue by pulling their wings off?

Or did your Uncle molest you as a child and the DOMA decision triggered a PTSD reaction?

Inthemix96's picture

Do you even know what you are talking about flak?

You seem a little backwards pertaining to verifiable events.

And no, I dont feed the trolls, but you seem to be an expert in this area.

Flakmeister's picture

Sorry, this doesnt even come close to passing the smell test:

"the US has recruited a foreign terror army to invade Syria and the result is a bloodbath"

Anyone familiar with the most basic aspects of Syrian history would convulse in laughter at this suggestion...

I suggest you read up on Hama  for a little background and get back to us....

FWIW, I think you are a troll, but your ramblings are so far out there that you discredit yourself.. I couldn't appear to be a bigger wingnut than you if I tried (see Poe's Law)....  

Bringin It's picture

I was just drifting along thru the comments until I ran into flakmeister going full retard.

Yes there is a sectarian divide.  

Yes the divide is exploited by Zato, leading to the US has recruited a foreign terror army to invade Syria and the result is a bloodbath.

You don't pass the smell test arse-hole.

Flakmeister's picture

Oh my, a full blown Hedge-tard, do you want to play? I have 10 minutes....

scatterbrains's picture

but what if some rogue Libia agents with U.S. made shoulder mounted missle slipped down to the canal and busted a few rounds up the ass end of a half dozen tankers caught in the canal in a coordinated move of sorts ?