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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Norway, all ports – Security guard strike update (3 June)
  • South Africa, all ports – Personal Protective Equipment
  • Oman, Salalah Port – Monsoon surge control guidelines

DATE: June 03, 2012 – COUNTRY: Norway – PORT: all ports Security guard strike update (3 June)

Offshore traffic is expected to be significantly affected significantly by the Norwegian security guards’ strike by Monday (4 June).

The strike is affecting Sunday afternoon security checks at airports in Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromso in addition to the Oslo airport, Gardermoen.

There are currently intermittent large queues at all affected airports. Kristian and Alta airport are closed, while Sandnessjoen was closed after the morning flight departed. Haugesund and Alesund have greatly reduced capacity in security check. Bodo Airport will have greatly reduced capacity tomorrow from 06:00 to 11.30 as there will be no staff at security checkpoints.

The announced escalation of the strike tomorrow could lead to more airport closures. The sites www.avisor.no and www.osl.no will give information about the situation in air traffic.

There will be significant restrictions in offshore transport from Stavanger, Bergen and Kristiansund Airport on Monday. In Kristiansund, all helicopter traffic will be stopped.

For information about operations in Norway contact GAC NOrway at norway@gac.com

DATE: June 03, 2012 – COUNTRY: South Africa – PORT: all ports Personal Protective Equipment

All concerned are reminded that when boarding a vessel, for purposes of work, the following minimum mandatory personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn: a. Hard hat b. Reflective safety jacket c. Safety footwear

Depending on the nature of work to be conducted and the corresponding risk additional personal protective equipment may be necessary. Please familiarise yourself with the Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations (4) Safety equipment and facilities to be provided by employers:

Taking into account the nature of the hazard(s) that may be encountered, every employer shall, in order to render his employees safe, provide on a vessel adequate safety equipment and facilities, including—

(1) suitable eye protection, welding shields, visors, hard hats, protective helmets, gloves, gauntlets, aprons, jackets, protective overalls or any similar equipment that will prevent bodily injury;

(2) waterproof clothing, low temperature clothing, fire retardant or flameproof clothing or any similar equipment, protective ointment, ear muffs, earplugs, respirators, breathing apparatus, masks, airlines, hoods, helmets or any similar equipment that will effectively protect against harm;

(3) belts, harnesses, nets, fall arresters, life lines, safety hooks, or any similar equipment that will provide protection in cases of falls; and

(4) mats, barriers, safety signs or any similar facility that will effectively prevent slipping or entry to unsafe areas.

PPE that has become worn or defective must be replaced.

Failure to comply with section 4 of the regulations may, upon conviction lead to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months.

(For information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com)

Source: South African Maritime Safety Authority Marine Notice No. 15 of 2012 dated 31 May 2012

DATE: June 03, 2012 – COUNTRY: Oman – PORT: Salalah Port Monsoon surge control guidelines

During the monsoon season, from June to September, the [Salalah] harbour basin may experience waves which can cause surging of vessels in the port. Surge can result in the parting of less organized mooring lines. Effective Mooring and good seamanship can greatly reduce the adverse effects of surge.

Below are some guidelines which will help in minimizing the effects of surge.

1. Discuss and agree with the pilot on the mooring plan before entering.

2. Always use good quality lines in good condition preferably with lesser Nylon like fiber for reduced elasticity.

3. Pay special attention to the FWD and AFT spring lines, ensure at least 2 springs each for’d and aft passed to same lead, with the lines always taught with equal tension.

4. Ensure load is equally shared among lines. Avoid ‘mix mooring’ on same lead.

5. Lines have to be protected from chaffing and avoid passing the lines over sharp edges.

6. Pass lines with reasonable leads for better shock absorption.

7. Personnel to always stand clear of the backlash zone of the lines.

8. Winches should not be engaged in Auto Tension mode.

9. It is recommended that vessels keep backup mooring lines to replace parted ropes if any.

10. Vessel to report any parted lines to port control on VHF CH 12.

11. Automatic mooring system, ‘Cavotec Moormaster 600’, is installed at Berth No 6 and  ‘Cavotec MoorMaster 200’ is installed at Berth No 1. There are 4 units at Berth No6 with 3 pads each with units having a holding power of 60 MT each. At berth No 1 there are 12 single pad units, each unit with 20 MT holding power. These mooring units working on vacuum principle will be used whenever possible along with the conventional mooring ropes in order to reduce surge. While berthing and also while alongside care should be exercised to ensure that the cavotec units are not damaged due to the mooring lines.

12. Maintain listening watch on VHF CH 12 and CH 16 at all times while in the port.

13. Port will keep strong shock lines of about 15 meters length to be used in special circumstances and when utmost necessary to use, these will be used in conjunction with the vessel’s additional back springs. One eye of the shock line will be connected to the eye of the vessel’s back springs and the other eye will be secured on the bollard.

(For information about operations in Salalah contact GAC Oman at salalah@gac.com)

Source: Salalah Port Authority circular

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