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GAC 01072014Authorisation to conduct statutory services
November 19, 2014, Singapore, all ports

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has appointed and authorised DNV GL as one of the Recognised Organisation to carry out statutory certification, survey, inspection and audit services on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore, effective from 1 October 2014.

This arises from the merger of Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) to become DNV GL.

Shipowners, shipmanagers, and masters of Singapore-flagged vessels are to take note that, unless they become invalid pursuant to the rules of the classification society under which they are issued or the applicable statutory regulations:

* Existing vessel’s statutory certificates issued and endorsed by DNV or GL shall be considered to remain valid and shall be treated equivalent to certificates issued and endorsed by DNV GL;


* Endorsements by DNV GL for the annual or intermediate surveys in existing statutory certificates shall be considered valid and shall be treated equivalent to certificates issued by DNV GL.

The Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR) includes the name of all the classification society(ies) with which the vessel is classed and the name of the Recognised Organisation(s) which issued the Document of Compliance (DOC), the Safety Management Certificate (SMC) and the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC). The Singapore Flag Administration will not require CSRs reflecting DNV or GL as the classification society to be reissued unless there are changes to the registered particulars of these Singapore-flagged ships in the existing CSR certificate which entails for the next sequential number to be issued. The new CSR issued will accordingly reflect DNV GL as the classification society.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No.17 of 2014 dated 19 November 2014

Four-hour tug stoppage announced
November 19, 2014, Australia, Port Hedland

The Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers (AIMPE) has rejected a replacement enterprise agreement proposed by Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty Ltd for tug employees at Port Hedland, and has given notice of a four-hour stoppage from 0300 to 0700 hours on Saturday 22 November.

Teekay has been in negotiation with unions, including AIMPE, over the terms of the agreement for approximately 17 months.

Negotiations with the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have concluded following endorsement by the unions’ members and Teekay is now in the process of applying to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for approval of the agreements under the Fair Work Act 2009.

A mirror agreement was rejected by the members of AIMPE and notice has been given that the engineers intend to take protected industrial action in the form of a four-hour stoppage from 3am to 7am on Saturday 22 November 2014.

The planned stoppage exempts towage operations which are delayed during unforeseen delays and are still underway, and any safety/emergency related issues.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Stevedores on strike
November 19, 2014, Chile, Antofagasta

Stevedores at Antofagasta Terminal Internacional (ATI) are still on strike.

Port operations were suspended at 2300 hours on 12 November. No agreement has been reached yet.

(For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC USA Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Ultramar Agencia Chile – GAC agent

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