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- Nigeria, all ports – Nigerian Independence Day holiday
- United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Mississippi River anchorage low water hazards: New overview
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Sea Parade on 1 October 2012
- Panama, Panama Canal – Modification of BAPLIE requirements
DATE: September 27, 2012 COUNTRY: Nigeria PORT: all ports Nigerian Independence Day holiday
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, 1 October 2012, a public holiday to mark this year’s independence celebration.
Normal work will resume on Tuesday, 2 October.
For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: September 27, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana Mississippi River anchorage low water hazards: New overview
During routine Port State Control exams over the last several weeks, Sector New Orleans Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) discovered numerous vessels whose rudders may have set into the soft mud of the river bank while safely anchored.
The vessels’ contact with the river bottom appears to be the result of the vessel swinging on her anchor coupled with the reduction in available anchorage area do to the low water levels of the Mississippi River. There was no evidence that any of the vessels dragged their anchors. In all cases the vessels were able to free themselves without assistance and no damage to the rudder or steering was reported.
Masters and/or operators of vessels are reminded of their responsibility, as noted in 46 Code of Federal Regulations 4.05-1, to notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office whenever their vessel is involved in a marine casualty which includes any unintended grounding [46 CFR 4.05-1(a)(1)].
In addition, Masters and/or operators of vessels are reminded of their responsibility under 33 Code of Federal Regulations part 164.25 which require all vessels over 1600 gross tons to test their steering gear no more than 12 hours before entering port or getting underway.
Vessels which discover their rudder set in the soft mud of the river bank as noted above shall notify the New Orleans Vessel Traffic Center via VHF marine radio channel 5A, 11 or 12 or via landline at (504) 365-2514. Once the vessel comes off ground, the Master shall conduct a steering test prior to getting underway in accordance with 33 Code of Federal Regulations part 164.25 and report the results of the test to the New Orleans Vessel Traffic Center.
This MSIB is intended to maintain the Captain of the Port’s awareness of the potential consequences to vessel operations during low water conditions on the Mississippi River.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at email@example.com)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Bulletin, Volume XII, Issue 120
DATE: September 27, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Sea Parade on 1 October 2012
A flag raising ceremony will be held at 0800 hours on 1 October 2012 at the Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China. During the ceremony, a sea parade made up of launches of the disciplinary services will proceed from Causeway Bay to HKCEC between 0745 hours and 0805 hours, and display water jets off HKCEC at 0800 hours.
Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of all vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the parade fleet.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.130 pf 2012
DATE: September 27, 2012 COUNTRY: Panama PORT: Panama Canal Modification of BAPLIE requirements
The Panama Canal Authority, in a continuous effort to review its operational processes with the purpose of providing a better service, has modified the BAPLIE requirements following recommendations received from customers….
…The previously published Advisory A-06-2011 is being amended to read as follows:
1. All Full Container Vessels arriving in ballast condition for transit only (no port calls located at the terminal ends of the Panama Canal) are not required to submit a BAPLIE file.
2. Full Container vessels that arrive in loaded condition and discharge all cargo at any of the ports located at the terminal ends of the Panama Canal (Balboa, Cristobal, or Manzanillo Bay), shall submit their BAPLIE file after departing such port but before arriving at the last set of locks, even if the vessel is transiting in ballast condition.
3. Full Container vessels that arrive in loaded condition for docking only (Local Call) at any of the ports located at the terminal ends of the Panama Canal (Balboa, Cristobal, or Manzanillo Bay), and subsequently receive a change in orders to transit, will be considered as non-compliant with the BAPLIE file arrival rule if the BAPLIE was not submitted prior to arrival. In these cases, the shipping agent shall contact the ACP ETA clerk and request the creation of the itinerary for transit, and shall send a copy of the request to the ACP Admeasurement Unit(OPTC-A@pancanal.com) and Systems Support (email@example.com) indicating the reason for the change in transit status. The ACP will evaluate the arguments presented, and will determine if the BAPLIE file is accepted or not. If the BAPLIE file is not accepted, the variable portion of the Tolls invoice will be based on full capacity.
4. If a vessel announces via EDCS that it is arriving for transit in ballast condition, but during the inspection the boarding officer finds a container not securely welded to the deck, with cargo that is not commercial cargo, the vessel will be considered laden for toll purposes. However, it will not be required to submit a BAPLIE file and the variable portion of the tolls will be zero (0). The same applies for any other type of cargo other than containerized cargo found on board the vessel which may invalidate the ballast status. If the container found on board has commercial cargo, the vessel will be considered as non-compliant with the BAPLIE file arrival rule and the variable portion of the tolls invoice will be based on full capacity.
(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac.wilfordmckay.panama@gac.
Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No. A-24-2012 dated 25 September 2012