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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Norway, all ports – 2013 Annual Fees Pilotage Readiness & Security Fees
  • Canada, all ports – Canadian Carrier Code
  • Panama, Panama Canal – New access channel for expanded Canal finalised 

DATE: December 07, 2012 COUNTRY: Norway PORT: all ports 2013 Annual Fees Pilotage Readiness & Security Fees

The Norwegian Coastal Administration informs herewith its users about the ordering of annual fees for 2013.
All vessels wishing one or more annual fees for 2013 must book these in the NCA’s reporting system SafeSeaNet (www.shiprep.no) as soon as possible and not later than the end of the year.
The service is available from the 7 December 2012. The invoice will be issued on the basis of the order.
The government has proposed to annul a coastal fee. Thus, vessels over 500 GT in domestic traffic will from 2013 avoid to pay annual fee for coastal fee. It will therefore not be issued any invoice for coastal fee automatically like it was done previous year.
The fee rates for 2013 are currently under consideration and the deadline for the latter is 17 December 2012. The following changes in the fee rates are proposed for the those fees that are offered as annual fees:
* Coastal fee annulled.
* Pilotage fees reduced by 2.0% on average by that that pilotage readiness fee including the annual fee is unchanged, while the pilotage fee is reduced by 3.3%.
* Security fee for Oslo Fjord increased by 4.9% (both single voyages and the annual fee).
* Security fee for Rogaland not changed.
It is planned that all annual fees are billed quarterly and are due to payment within the 1st of each quarter. The quarterly amounts are shown when ordering the annual fees in SafeSeaNet.
We stipulate that the proposed fee rates for 2013 will be determined by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. Any possible discrepancies between the proposed and the determined annual fees for 2013 may cause respective adjustment of the billed annual fees.
Voyages in waters due to fee regulation in 2013 that take place before ordering of the annual fee, will be billed as a single voyage. It is therefore important to order the annual fee as soon as possible if the annual fee is desirable.
Order of annual fees is possible at: http://shiprep.no/ShipRepWebUI/AnnualFee.aspx
(For information about operations in NOrway contact GAC Norway at norway@gac.com)
Source: Norwegian Coastal Administration

DATE: December 07, 2012 COUNTRY: Canada PORT: all ports Canadian Carrier Code

On March 25, 2013 the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will deploy new electronic systems that will introduce a Conveyance Arrival Certification messaging function for air and marine carriers or their authorized service providers (authorized service providers must transmit the arrival message using the carrier code of the conveyance operating carrier).
This will allow clients to transmit an electronic arrival notice using an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method and within mode specific timeframes.
The requirement for Conveyance Arrival Certification message replaces the current arrival process in the air and marine modes that is based on the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) provided by clients. To prepare for mandatory requirements, the CBSA encourages air and marine carriers to participate in a free instructional Webinar (Web conferencing) between November 26 and December 21, 2012.
The CBSA requires that owner or person in charge of any vessel apply for a CBSA issued carrier code in order to transmit ACI and to report upon arrival. Upon receipt of this letter owner or person in charge of any vessel will have 30 business days to comply with this request. Marine Carriers are not obligated to transmit their own ACI data; they may continue to use the services of a marine agent or other third party for transmission purposes. However, any third party transmitting ACI on your behalf is required by the CBSA to transmit using owner or person in charge of any vessel’s unique 9000 series CBSA issued carrier code.
If however, [a] company does have a marine carrier code, and is listed as the owner or person in charge of the vessel transporting goods into Canada, and/or vessel which is empty or loaded into Canada, [its] carrier code must be used when transmitting or submitting information/data to CBSA in regards to your conveyance.
Furthermore, if [a] company currently utilizes the services of an agent or a third party and would prefer the CBSA to communicate and share information with them, the consent form must be completed. This must be submitted before the CBSA will discuss or disclose any information with your designated agent.
In order to obtain a carrier code, contact the CBSA’s Commercial Licensing and Security Unit. Please visit the following link for steps on how to apply for a carrier code. http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/carrier-transporteur/codes-eng.html#c01
You may also contact the Commercial Licensing and Security Unit by phone at, 1-866-749-6623 or by e-mail at, Carrier-Cargo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
** The CBSA will not accept or process a carrier code application that is signed by an agent or other third party. It must be signed by an officer of the company who has legal signing authority.
(For information about operations in Canada contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: Canada Border Services Agency

DATE: December 07, 2012 COUNTRY: Panama PORT: Panama Canal New access channel for expanded Canal finalised 

South of the Centennial Bridge [in the Pasnama Canal], a few metres from Pedro Miguel Locks, one can see the new access channel that will join the third set of locks with the Culebra Cut.
After two years, the excavation and dredging work was complered October 2012. Four million cubic metres of material were removed from the areas that will become the entrance for new-Panamax vessels on the Pacific side, once the expanded Cana; begins operating….
(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)
Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority Monthly Report December 2012

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