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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Russia, Primorsk – Ice class requirements
  • Kuwait, all ports – Strikes update
  • Australia, Port Hedland – Tropical Cyclone Lua update (19 March 2012)
  • Turkey, all ports – Clearance of ship spares

DATE: March 19, 2012  – COUNTRY: Russia – PORT: Primorsk Ice class requirements

With effect from today (19 March), ice class requirements for ships calling at Primorsk have been reduced.

Vessels permitted to call at the port must now have Ice Class 1″/1D or higher. Until yesterday, all ships calling at Primorsk were required to have minimum Ice Class 2″/1C.

Ships without ice class are still not allowed to call at the port.

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

DATE: March 19, 2012 –  COUNTRY: Kuwait  – PORT: all ports Strikes update

The strike by Kuwaiti customs employees continues, with inward/outward custom clearance suspended at all Kuwaiti ports and Kuwait International Airport.

Further, employees of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) went on strike from yesterday (18 March) and as a result, all inbound/outbound flight schedules have been cancelled.

For more information about operations in Kuwait, contact GAC Kuwait at kuwait@gac.com

DATE: March 19, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Hedland  – Tropical Cyclone Lua update (19 March 2012)

Tropical Cyclone Lua crossed the east Pilbara coast just to the east of Pardoo Station, approximately 300km east of Port Hedland, at around 3pm WST on Saturday (17 March). It moved southwards and steadily weekened since then.

DAMPIER The Western and Eastern anchorages together with the inner anchorages (IA1-5) were reopened from 0600 hours on Sunday (18 March). Facilities in Dampier  may resume operations from now on when individual weather, swell and proximity criteria are met. At this stage, swells have prevented any iron ore vessels being berthed.

PORT WALCOTT The anchorage is understood to have reopened.

PORT HEDLAND Conditions have improved to a level and the first port entry and port opening was expected at midday yesterday.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: March 19, 2012 – COUNTRY: Turkey – PORT: all ports – Clearance of ship spares

With effect from today (19 March 2012) Turkish customs require original invoice declaration for clearance of spares in transit for the vessels.

Therefore, original invoices – with invoice number and date to ensure validity during customs declaration – should be sent together with the AWB copies in order to facilitate timely clearance and delivery of spares to vessels.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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