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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, all ports – North American Emissions Control Area
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Wharf security cost increase
  • Argentina, Parana River – Navigation obstructed by grounded vessel

DATE: July 10, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: all ports North American Emissions Control Area

The North American Emissions Control Area (NA ECA) becomes effective 1 August 2012. At that time, vessels arriving and operating in the NA-ECA will be required to use fuel oil with a sulfur content not exceeding 1.00% (10, 000 ppm).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has now provided further guidance on implementation and enforcement.

Vessels entering and/or operating within the NA ECA after 1 August 2012 that do not have the proper low sulfur fuel on board must complete a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report. The form must be submitted (a) when the vessel’s Master or operator first learns they will be operating in the NA-ECA with non-compliant fuel oil, but no less than 96 hours before the vessel enters the NA-ECA. The form will be submitted to the USEPA.

Complete details regarding the Fuel Oil Non-Availability Form are described in the LAMA Circular 6-12.

For further details and information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: July 10, 2012  – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Kembla – Wharf security cost increase

A 3.85% increase in wharf security costs is in effect since 1 July at Port Kembla’s Grain Berth (104), Oil Berth (201) and Bulk Liquids Berth (206).

The hourly rate is as follows:-

Security Service: Weekday (0600-1800) Hourly Rate: A$36.39

Security Service: Weeknight (1800-0600) Hourly Rate: A$39.66

Security Service: Saturday Hourly Rate: A$45.21

Security Service: Sunday Hourly Rate: A$57.95

Security Service: Public holiday Hourly Rate: A$86.04

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

DATE: July 10, 2012 – COUNTRY: Argentina – PORT: Parana River – Navigation obstructed by grounded vessel

Navigation in the Martin Garcia Channel (Parana Guazu River) is still being obstructed by the MV FR8 Endurance which ran aground on Saturday (7 July).

For information about operations in Argentina, contact GAC-Ultramar Network at gac-ultramarnetwork.argentina@gac.com

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