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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Congo, all ports – Entry Visa to Republic of Congo
* Philippines, all ports – Commercial operations resume at typhoon-struck

DATE: November 20, 2013
PORT: all ports
Entry Visa to Republic of Congo

As per the Circular received from Ministry of Interior & Decentralisation,
Entry Visas for the Republic of Congo are no longer available upon arrival.

Crew joining vessels must now obtain their Entry Visa from the nearest
diplomatic representation or consulate of Congo from the departing country
prior to their travel to Congo (Pointe Noire or Brazzaville).

For information about operations in the Republic of Congo, contact GAC
Congo at pnr-congo@gac.com

DATE: November 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Philippines
PORT: all ports
Commercial operations resume at typhoon-struck port

The Philippines’ Ports Authority has resumed full commercial operations at
the port of Tacloban which was closed for about 12 days after Typhoon
Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck.

The Ports Authority and International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
(ICTSI) were working double time to restart operations at the port, which
is expected to become the relief hub.

Cargo handling equipment from ICTSI to help temporarily run the port of
Tacloban until it recovers from damage caused by the storm is due to arrive
today (Wednesday 20 November). The equipment includes 12 forklifts, six
tower lights to support night operations, several reach stackers for
mobility of cargo, and an additional five payloaders for cleaning.

For the meantime, all relief missions are coursed through Cebu owing to
limited operations at ports and airports due to lack of equipment.

Airports and piers affected by the typhoon Haitan are now back in
operation, except Tacloban Airport which is still limited to mercy flights
and government operations due to space constraints.

The Philippines’ Civil Aviation Authority say A-320 flights to and from
Manila-Tacloban are allowed but on only on four frequencies.

Airports now functional are Guiuan in Samar, Bantayan and Roxas in Cebu,
Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan, Busuanga in Palawan, San Jose in Mindoro,
Ormoc in Leyte Tagbilaran in Bohol, Borongan, Biliran and Calbayog in
Samar, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental and Catbalogan in Western Samar.

For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines
at philippines@gac.com

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