In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
- Canada, all ports – ECA implementation update
- United Arab Emirates, Jebel Ali – USNS Rappahannock Fires After Vessel Ignores Warnings
- United Arab Emirates, Mussafah – Permanent closure of old Musaffah channel
- Australia, all ports – Train derailment affecting rail movements of coal
- Italy, Trieste – Revision of Trieste Port tariffs
DATE: July 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Canada – PORT: all ports – ECA implementation update
As of 1st August 2012, ships transiting in the North America Emissions Control Area (EMA) will be required to burn 1.0% sulphur fuel, or reach equivalent levels through abatement technologies. This standard will be further tightened to 0.1% as of 1st January 2015.
Although the U.S. is expected to have its ECA regulations ready for enforcement by 1st August, Transport Canada has indicated that due to delays in the regulatory process, the Canadian regulations are not expected to come into force until November. During the interim period between August and November, Transport Canada officials will examine bunker delivery notes as part of the Port State Control inspection process, and provide advice to vessels which are found to be burning non-compliant fuel. However, they will only start implementing penalties once the regulations have come into force.
Despite this delay on the Canadian side, it is recommended that vessels transiting into Canadian waters be prepared to comply with the requirements of the North American ECA as of the original 1st August deadline.
For information about operations in Canada contact the Houston Hub Agency Centre at email@example.com Source: Shipping Federation of Canada
DATE: July 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates – PORT: Jebel Ali – USNS Rappahannock Fires After Vessel Ignores Warnings
An embarked security team aboard a U.S. Navy vessel fired upon a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates yesterday (16th July).
In accordance with Navy force protection procedures, the sailors on the USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) used a series of non-lethal, pre-planned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force.
The U.S. crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel’s operators to turn away from their deliberate approach. When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun.
The incident is currently under investigation.
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Source: Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) Bahrain
DATE: July 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates – PORT: Mussafah Permanent closure of old Musaffah channel
According to Marine Notice No. 03/2012 from Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), the Old Musaffah Channel (Al Bateen channel) will be permanently closed to all commercial traffic from 1st October 2012.
From 1st October, all commercial vessels are requested to use the New Musaffah Channel.
For information about operations in Abu Dhabi, contact GAC Abu Dhabi at firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Abu Dhabi Ports Company
DATE: July 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Train derailment affecting rail movements of coal
A train derailment on the Goonyella Line yesterday (16th July) had affected all rail movements of coal to Hay Point & Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals.
Queensland Railways are investigating and determining the extent of damage caused by the derailment. The train derailment might take longer to clear and repair the damage, and reopening of the line might be further delayed due to the wet conditions.
In view of this, the coal terminals are working out revised shipping schedule. Queensland Railways will provide a further update on the re-commencement of railing of coal from the mine sites.
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DATE: July 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Italy – PORT: Trieste – Revision of Trieste Port tariffs
As of 16th July 2012, the SIOT Terminal will not be charging the additional tariff for the Oil Spill Response amounting to Euro 3.550, 00. The cost for the service has been included into the revised SIOT Terminal Tariff.
The new SIOT Terminal tariff is listed as per the below: 60k of discharged cargo – 11.450, 00 85k of discharged cargo – 12.415, 00 130k of discharged cargo – 14.160, 00
For information about operations in Italy contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Ant. Topic S.r.l