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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* South Africa, all ports – Accreditation of seafarer recruitment & placement agencies
* United States, New York, NewYork – Harbor Deepening Project progress report
* Panama, Panama Canal – Scheduled locks maintenance

DATE: July 05, 2013
COUNTRY: South Africa
PORT: all ports
Accreditation of seafarer recruitment & placement agencies

South Africa ratified the Maritime Labour Convention on 21 June 2013. The
convention enters into force on 20 August 2013.

Standard A1.4.2 of the Maritime Labour Convention requires that seafarer
recruitment and placement services shall be operated only in conformity
with a standardized system of licensing or certification or other form of

Seafarer Recruitment and Placement Agencies are therefore required to be
accredited by SAMSA for the supply of seafarers placed on vessels where the
flag State has ratified the Convention.

SAMSA will audit, with the purpose of issuing a certificate of
accreditation, in terms of the Maritime Labour Convention, agencies that
are required by the flag State and the shipowner to demonstrate compliance
with the convention.

SAMSA is awaiting promulgation of the Merchant Shipping (Seafarer
Recruitment and Placement) Regulations before a certificate of
accreditation can be issued in terms of these regulations.

(For information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa
at shipping.capetown@gac.com)

Source: South African Maritime Safety Authority Marine Notice No. 19 of
2013 dated 3 July 2013

DATE: July 05, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
Harbor Deepening Project progress report

The 50 Foot Harbor Deepening Project is still ongoing with deepening
scheduled for completion in 2014….

Although most of the project’s contracts have been completed; both to Port
Jersey and Port Newark/Elizabeth, present conditions do not allow full use
of these channels at the 50 feet MLW project depth. This is due to shoaling
in several critical areas and two utility tunnels in the Upper Bay over
which dredging cannot occur until a replacement tunnel is completed.

Guidelines as of July 1, 2013

Upper Bay Utility Crossings:
Transiting over these crossings is necessary for access to all future
fifty-foot facilities.
With the exception of two small areas within the southernmost crossing, the
controlling depth across the Upper Bay utility crossings is 47 feet MLW.
There are two small areas within the southern crossing that have a
controlling depth of 45.9 feet MLW and 46.6 feet MLW respectively, both of
which are just west of center channel. Pilots are aware of these locations
and, if necessary AND if conditions permit, the assigned pilot will
maneuver around them.
Restrictive Guidelines over Utility Crossings: Given the nature and
location of these crossings, ships should transit over them with 2 feet 6
inches of UKC. Therefore, at this time:

Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay including Bergen Point:
Northern extent of 50-foot project is just past the entrance to Port
Elizabeth Channel.
Note: Access to these areas is affected by the Upper Bay Utility Crossings.

Note: Bayonne Bridge Air Gap requirements remain unchanged.
Extensive shoaling is located on the inside of the turn at Bergen Point
imposing a significant navigational limitation at this critical turn. Buoys
have been relocated to mark the shoal which is targeted for removal
Fall/Winter 2013-14. Additionally there is sporadic shoaling within Newark
Restrictive Guidelines to/from Newark Bay via Kill Van Kull and including
Bergen Point: Vessels that can cross the utility crossings under the above
parameters can proceed to/from Newark Bay via the KVK without further
restrictions. Vessels must time arrivals/departures to ensure compliance
with the Utility Crossing Guidelines and to ensure a UKC throughout the KVK
and Newark Bay of 2 feet.

Port Jersey Channel:
Note: Access to this area may is affected by the Upper Bay Utility
Currently there is extensive shoaling within the southern portion of the
outer approach to Port Jersey Channel substantially narrowing the channel.
This shoaling is targeted for removal later this year.

Restrictive Guidelines for Port Jersey Channel: Arriving or Departing from
Global Terminal Times for these jobs will be set up by pilots through
applicable tug dispatch office.

Up to 41 feet
– Arriving anytime
– Departing anytime

41-44 feet
– Arriving between 1 & 2 hours AFTER Low or High Water Battery. Vessels
missing window will be required to wait for next window.
– Departing between 1 & 2 hours AFTER Low or High Water Battery. Vessels
missing window will be required to wait for next window.

Greater than 44 feet (Ship draft plus rise in tide up to 47 feet.)
– Arriving Maximum draft of 47 feet
– Departing Maximum draft of 47 feet
Additional Notes and Restrictions:
No bunker barges shall be alongside moored cruise ships on arrivals or
Departures with draft - 42 feet require three (3) tug boats.
No backing into Global Terminal unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. Backing into
Global must be pre-approved by servicing docking pilots and, if approved,
at least three (3) tug boats and slack water will be required.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Source: Harbor Safety, Operations and Navigation Committee of the Port of
New York and New Jersey Navigational Draft Capabilities Standing Working
Group July 2013 Advisory

DATE: July 05, 2013
PORT: Panama Canal
Scheduled locks maintenance

Beginning Monday, July 8, 2013, at 1600 hours, through Friday, July 19,
2013, at 1600 hours, the centerwall culvert at Miraflores Locks will be out
of service for repairs to rising stem valves, replacement of cylindrical
valves, and other maintenance work.

Although both lans will remain in service, single culvert filling and
spilling will be provided and, consequently, all lockages at Miraflores
will take longer than usual.

In order to maximise on the culvert outage at Miraflores Locks, one lane at
Pedro Miguel Locks will be closed for miter gate maintenance work beginning
at 0001 hours to 2000 hours on July 10, 12, 16 and 18, 2013.

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit
Reservation System, Conditions 1.a and 2 will be in effect for the dates as
per the following:

July 9
July 11
July 13 through 15
July 17
July 19

July 10
July 12
July 16
July 18

Applications for reserved transits while the above-mentioned conditions are
in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours three days prior to the
respective dates of the conditions.

The Just-In-Time transit slots available for supers will be reduced during
this period to one (1) per direction, and the JIT slots available for
regular vessels transiting without restrictions will remain at one (1) per

The booking slots available throught the Auction Process, as well as the
slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will
continue to be offered during this period.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilford
& McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-17-2013 dated 4
July 2013

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