Well thanks for that. At least I’ve learnt something today.
My transit of Suez required a huge DC carbon arc headlamp to be slung under the bow but, being a sailing ship with bowsprit and associated rigging, that was impossible. So, among other hangers on, we took (and paid for) the electrician whose job it was to connect the power to keep the system happy. Nobody missed having the headlamp.
The Egyptians apparently learnt their red tape and bureaucracy from the hitherto masters at it, the British, and kept all the worst bits to inflict on passing ships ever since.