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GAC 01072014Customs strike over
September 25, 2014, Togo, all ports

The Togo customs strike that started on 17 September was suspended yesterday (24 September). All operations are now back in order.

For information about operations at Lome port, pls contact GAC-OMA Togo at gac-oma.togo@gac.com

Updated port health clearance procedures
September 25, 2014, Singapore, all ports

The updated procedures for Port Health Clearance as advised by the Port Health Office are reproduced below.


Vessels liable for quarantine

The following categories of vessels will not be granted free/radio pratique and they must anchor on arrival at the Quarantine Anchorage for inspection by the Port Health officers:

(a) vessels which have been in any plague-infected area within 60 days prior to arrival in Singapore;

(b) vessels which report the occurrence of illness on board with the following signs and symptoms:

(1) temperature of 38°C or greater which was accompanied or followed by any one or more of the following – rash, jaundice, glandular swelling, or which persisted for more than 48 hours;


(2) diarrhoea, severe enough to interfere with work or normal activity.

(c) vessels with death on board;

(d) vessels with high mortality among rodents; and

(e) vessels with refugees on board.

The Master, owner or agent of a vessel under any of the categories mentioned [above] shall:

(a) notify Port Health Office not less than 4 hours and not more than 12 hours before arrival;

(b) display the appropriate day and night signal when the vessel enters the Singapore Port Limit;

(c) anchor at the Quarantine Anchorage and wait until port health clearance is obtained from the Port Health Office;


(d) ensure that no person, other than a pilot, immigration officer or customs officer, boards or leaves the vessel without the permission of the port health officer.

Vessels exempted from Port Health Clearance

The following categories of vessels are exempted from port health clearance:

(a) passenger vessels with no sickness or death (other than deaths from accidents) on board;

(b) vessels arriving from a non-infected port with no sickness or death on board;

(c) naval and war ships;


(d) vessels going out of port limits for sea trials.

Deratting Certificate/Deratting Exemption Certificate and Vessels from Plague-Infected Ports

All vessels arriving Singapore are required to be in possession of a valid Deratting Certificate/Deratting Exemption Certificate. Additionally, all vessels arriving from plague infected ports must be inspected and fumigates if found to be infested with rodents.

The port health officer reserves the right to examine any vessel, the right to require the production or submission of any document and the right to require any ship to proceed to the Quarantine anchorage for Inward Health Clearance and/or compliance with health requirements.

The Master, owner, or agent is responsible for complying with any health requirement and/or correction of any health irregularity immediately after arrival.

Masters, owners and agents are to take note that the granting of port health clearance or radio/free pratique merely clears the vessel as far as Port Health Office is concerned and does not exempt the vessel from the requirements of other Authorities.


Outward health clearance is not required for any vessel.

For further information on Port Health matters, Masters, owners and agents may contact the Port Health Office through VHF Channel 14 or at:

Port Health Office

Central Regional Office

National Environment Agency

4545 Jalan Bukit Merah

Singapore 159466

Tel: 62222585/62226924

Fax: 62226924

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No. 11 of 2014 dated 25 September 2014

Soil investigation work off Tuas Explosive Jetty
September 25, 2014, Singapore, Singapore

The working period for soil investigation work at Tuas View Extension, off Tuas Explosive Jetty, has been extended. The works will now be conducted from 27 September 2014 to 26 March 2015.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.119 of 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the following Marine borehole co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

BH1) 1° 16.623’N / 103° 36.672’E

BH2) 1° 16.610’N / 103° 36.690’E

BH3) 1° 16.605’N / 103° 36.661’E

BH4) 1° 16.594’N / 103° 36.681’E

BH5) 1° 16.585’N / 103° 36.652’E

BH6) 1° 16.576’N / 103° 36.672’E

BH7) 1° 16.429’N / 103° 36.599’E

BH8) 1° 16.423’N / 103° 36.615’E

BH9) 1° 16.403’N / 103° 36.590’E

BH10) 1° 16.397’N / 103° 36.606’E

BH11) 1° 16.378’N / 103° 36.581’E

BH12) 1° 16.372’N / 103° 36.597’E

BH13) 1° 16.352’N / 103° 36.571’E

BH14) 1° 16.346’N / 103° 36.587’E

BH15) 1° 16.327’N / 103° 36.562’E

BH16) 1° 16.321’N / 103° 36.578’E

BH17) 1° 16.301’N / 103° 36.553’E

BH18) 1° 16.295’N / 103° 36.568’E

BH19) 1° 16.276’N / 103° 36.543’E

BH20) 1° 16.270’N / 103° 36.559’E

BH21) 1° 16.250’N / 103° 36.534’E

BH22) 1° 16.244’N / 103° 36.550’E

BH23) 1° 16.225’N / 103° 36.524’E

BH24) 1° 16.219’N / 103° 36.540’E

BH25) 1° 16.200’N / 103° 36.515’E

BH26) 1° 16.194’N / 103° 36.531’E

BH27) 1° 16.174’N / 103° 36.506’E

BH28) 1° 16.168’N / 103° 36.522’E

BH29) 1° 16.149’N / 103° 36.496’E

BH30) 1° 16.143’N / 103° 36.512’E

BH31) 1° 16.123’N / 103° 36.487’E

BH32) 1° 16.117’N / 103° 36.503’E

Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barges. One jack-up barge will be working on only oneborehole at a time.

The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas to warn other craft of the project work.

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 & navigate with caution;

(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 22 (West Jurong Control);


(e) communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF 22 for assistance, if required.

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

Measures to prevent spread of Ebola
September 25, 2014, Panama, Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority, in coordination with the country’s Ministry of Health (MINSA), is taking the following measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and protect Canal workers and customers.

The Maritime Sanitation Unit of MINSA is the authority responsible for investigating and authorizing the necessary clearance to board vessels with suspicious or reported EVD cases.

The following actions are being implemented by the Panama Canal Authority:

* The Authority is continuously monitoring the last 10 ports of call for all vessels arriving at Canal waters and will immediately alert MINSA’s Maritime Sanitation representatives of any vessels arriving in Canal waters whose previous 10 ports were from an Ebola affected country. The Authority will await clearance from the Maritime Sanitation representatives prior to boarding these vessels that are scheduled for inspection and transit.

* In case of suspicion of an Ebola case on board a vessel, the MINSA expert physician’s opinion must be received by the Authority prior to Canal personnel boarding.

* If Ebola is diagnosed, the vessel will be placed in quarantine until MINSA authorities declare it is safe for boarding.

* All vessels arriving at Canal waters, whether for transit or not, must report any suspicious or confirmed diagnosed Ebola case.

* Any confirmed Ebola case will be handled accordingly with the International Health Regulations (IHR) implemented by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to control international outbreaks and to strengthen international public health security.

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

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services dedicated to helping customers achieve their strategic goals at the highest levels of quality, safety and compliance.


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