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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • India, New Mangalore – Increase of maximum draft at berths
  • Australia, all ports – Updated garbage placards 

DATE: December 11, 2012 COUNTRY: India PORT: New Mangalore Increase of maximum draft at berths

Due to improvement of the water depth at the approach channel, lagoon and berth gace of No.14 W and No.15 by continuous dredging, the maximum permissible drafts for [New Mangalore’s] berths No.10, 11, 14W and 15 are increased to 14 metres with 1 metre height of tide, with immediate effect.
(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)
Source: New Mangalpre Port Trust Circular No.4/42/21012/MDE45 dated 11 December 2012

DATE: December 11, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Updated garbage placards

As of 1 January 2013 new international regulations will come into effect, which means if you have an existing AMSA-distributed placard received before December 2012, you will be required to replace it with an updated placard.
Every ship of 12m or more in length overall engaged in both international and domestic voyages and every fixed or floating platform is required under MARPOL to display a garbage placard. The placard is to notify the crew and passengers of the regulations associated with the discharge of garbage into the sea. Placards should be displayed on the vessel where it is visible for both crew and passengers. AMSA has developed three categories of placards that will assist owners and operators to comply with these requirements…
(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Extract from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (www.amsa.gov.au) notice dated 11 December 2012

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