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 In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:  

  • Russia, Novorossiysk – New port requirements  
  • South Africa, all ports – Ports Cargo Handling Code of Practice  
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging at Benoi Basin  
  • Brazil, Sao Sebastiao – Spill from terminal affecting beaches 

 DATE: April 08, 2013  – COUNTRY: Russia –  PORT: Novorossiysk –  New port requirements  

A new Marine Risk Management Policy will come into force from 1 May for  vetting all tankers calling at Sheskaris Oil Terminal, IPP Terminal (piers  26 and 27) and Fuel oil Terminal (pier Nr 25, 25a).

The main purpose of the new policy is to minimise risks during the loading  of crude oil, products and liquid fertilizers at Novorossiysk Commercial  Sea Port.

With effect from 1 May 2013, all tankers calling at Novorossiysk are  subject to preliminary vetting to confirm their suitability for loading  crude oil, products or liquid fertilizers.

The risk assessment and vetting procedure will be based on data from SIRE  reports, OCIMF, Lloyd’s Marine Intelligence Unit and other sources.

All tankers to be inspected for compliance with international standards  OCIMF.

Vetting inspection will be carried out by International Risk Assessment  Service of the ahip on behalf of Primorsk Oil Terminal (as a member of  OCIMF).

The following regulations and criteria will be taken into considerations  for risk assessment:  – International and national legislations, rules and requirements:  – Port State Control, BS MOU, Paris MOU, etc.  – Classification societies’ requirements  – IMO, OCIMF, ICS Recommendations, etc.

Particular attention will be paid to the following:  * Vessel’s age  * Crew manning  * Accidents and incidents statistics  * Actual conditions of ship’s cargo system, exhaust àíä inert gas system.

To avoid possible arrival of non-compliant ships, it is recommended to  provide full pre-arrival information (Q88 questionnaire) 14 days before  arrival/loading. This information can be provided to Terminal via Agent.

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

 DATE: April 08, 2013 – COUNTRY: South Africa – PORT: all ports  – Ports Cargo Handling Code of Practice  

The South African Maritime Safety Authority has issued guidance about which  regulations are in force governing the safe handling of cargo at the  country’s ports.

Recently, there has been some confusion as to whether the South African  Ports Cargo Handling Code of Practice or the Code of Safe Working Practice  for Ships Handling Cargo in South African Ports is in effect.

In its Marine Notice No.11 of 2013, the Maritime Safety Authority states  that the Amended Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations 2007, which seeks  to replace the South African Ports Cargo Handling Code of Practice with the  Code of Safe Working Practice for Ships Handling Cargo in South African  Ports, has NOT YET been promulgated by the Department of Transport.

Therefore, the South African Cargo Handling Code of Practice is still in  effect and must be complied with.

For information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa  at southafrica@gac.com

DATE: April 08, 2013  – COUNTRY: Singapore –  PORT: Singapore  –  Dredging at Benoi Basin  

From 10 April to 9 October, dredging works will be carried out at Benoi  Basin.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine  Notice No.42 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –  including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by  the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):  A) 1° 18.509’N / 103° 40.839’E  B) 1° 18.509’N / 103° 40.861’E  C) 1° 18.411’N / 103° 40.874’E  D) 1° 18.410’N / 103° 40.856’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredgers. The grab dredgers  will be held by 4-point anchoring system.The dredgers, with hopper barges  in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius  centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the  designated dumping ground by the hopper barges.

During the operation, the dredgers will be attended by tug boat. The tug  boats will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn  other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and  international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:  (a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;  (b) maintain a proper lookout;  (c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;  (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21( Jurong Control);  and  (e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if  required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: April 08, 2013  –  COUNTRY: Brazil –  PORT: Sao Sebastiao  – Spill from terminal affecting beaches  

Fluids from an oil terminal have reached several beaches in Sao Paulo  state, forcing authorities to close off the area.

The spill of unspecified petroleum derivatives occurred on Friday afternoon  at the Almirante Barroso Terminal, or Tebar, in the city of Sao Sebastiao.  The municipal environmental agency has asked citizens to stay away from  nine area beaches and officials are still trying to determine the extent of  the spill.

The Tebar terminal handles nearly 55% of the petroleum consumed in Brazil.

Ships berthed at the terminal on Friday and during the weekend are  operating normally and cargo operations are as normal today (8 April).

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at shipping.brazil@gac.com


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