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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Arab Emirates, Mina Saqr – Delay charges (revised)
  • India, Mumbai – Regulation of entry of ships into ports, anchorages & offshore facilities
  • Philippines, Manila – Flooding brings city to a standstill

DATE: August 07, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates – PORT: Mina Saqr Delay charges (revised)

Saqr Port Authority has advised that charges will be imposed for delays caused due to non-compliance with immigrations regulations.

Cargo operations at the port may only be commenced after completion of Immigration inward clearance. Hindrance of such clearance usually occurs when a vessel or crew arrive without a valid key trading certificate, seaman book & passport and proper port clearance.

Such delays are not justified and will not be accepted therefore agents/vessels will be liable to the following charges:- a) Berth delay b) Lay-by at berth c) Crane delays (if any) d) Removal of cargo (if dumped)

The above charges will continue until the problem is solved with immigration authorities.

For information about operations in Saqr Port contact GAC Ras Al Khaimah at rasalkhaimah@gac.com Source: Saqr Port Authority

DATE: August 07, 2012 – COUNTRY: India – PORT: Mumbai – Regulation of entry of ships into ports, anchorages & offshore facilities

Mumbai Port Trust has advised that ships of Non-IG Clubs arriving at the port are being granted a dispensation by the Ministry of Shipping on a case-by-case basis for one voyage if the port applies to the Ministry of Shipping giving the following information: 1) Name of vessel with flag & age. 2) Name of the P&I Club and their local correspondent. 3) Date of expected arrival of the vessel and need to be berthed. 4) Nature of cargo. 5) Vessel Call Number (VCN) with date of arrival.

The above stop-gap arrangement is valid only for 30 days from 3 August 2012.

Ships of Non-IG Clubs will not be permitted to enter the Mumbai Port with effect from 19 August 2012.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

DATE: August 07, 2012 – COUNTRY: Philippines –  PORT: Manila – Flooding brings city to a standstill

Torrential rains brought the Philippines capital to a standstill today (7 August), forcing at least 20, 000 people to flee their homes as floodwaters covered half the city.

Schools, financial markets and most government and private offices were shut as key roadways in Manila were submerged.

Power was turned off in some parts of the capital as a precautionary measure as the waters seeped into electrical facilities.

Bad weather from seasonal southwest monsoons has pounded Manila and nearby areas for over a week since Typhoon Saola brushed past the country’s north.

Before the latest deluge, the death toll from eight days of sustained rains had reached 53 with more than 268, 000 people forced to flee their homes across the country, according to disaster authorities. No new casualties were reported from the overnight rains.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the next 24 hours, and floods will increase.

In the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, 323 millimetres (13 inches) of rain fell on the capital, compared to average monthly rainfall of 504 millimetres for August.

For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

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