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GAC 010720142015 port charges for cruise vessels
December 10, 2014, Finland, Helsinki

The Port of Helsinki has released their charges applicable to cruise vessels for 2015. Below please find a summary of the new charges compared with those applied during 2014:


0, 1955 x NRT (max NRT 34 000 used)

[2014: 0, 1915 x NRT (max NRT 34 000 used)]


1, 93 € / embarking or disembarking pax (only if terminal traffic, etc needed)

[2014: 1, 89 € / embarking or disembarking pax]


0, 1265 x NRT (min 233 €, max 2915 €)

[2014: 0, 1240 x NRT (min 212 €, max 2650 €)]


73, 5 € / h, when exceeding 4 h

[2014: 72 € / h, when exceeding 4 h]


24:00-05:00, +30 % to mooring tariffs

[2014: 23:00-05:00, +30 % to mooring tariffs]


Port service charge 1, 46 € / m³ (total water cost 4, 12 € / m³)

[2014: Port Service Charge 1, 43 € / m³ (total water cost 4, 03 € / m³)]


0, 965 € / arriving transit passenger

0, 965 € / leaving transit passenger

This charge and its exact application is pending confirmation by the Port of Helsinki. This above quoted charge is based on the recently released price list 2015 and additional clarification received from the harbour master.

For further details or information about operations in Finland, contact GAC Finland at shipping.finland@gac.com

New fairway due law for cargo vessels
December 10, 2014, Finland, all ports

Based on the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication’s maritime strategy, a final and lawful decision on the new temporary fairway due law applicable to cargo vessels for the period 2015-2017 has been announced.

The proposed new unit cost is as follows:


1 A Super: 0, 470 x NT (-63, 2%)

1 A: 1, 098 x NT (-54, 0%)

1 B, 1 C: 2, 578 x NT (-46, 5%)

II, III: 4, 381 x NT (-36, 7%)

The proposed maximum fairway due is 53 875 € (currently 107 750 €).

Tonnage dues will be eliminated (previously 0, 1 x NRT, paid only on first call of the year).

For further details and information about operations in Finland contact GAC Finland at shipping.finland@gac.com

Port access blockage
December 10, 2014, Indonesia, Tanjung Priok

As part of series of strikes and rallies underway until Friday (12 December) in Indonesia, workers are expected to block all access gates to the Tanjung Priok Port.

A contingency plan has been prepared to ensure that operations continue as normal, however disruption can be expected, especially for traffic to and from the port.

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC Jakarta at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Installation of pipeline & removal of pipleline elbow
December 10, 2014, Singapore, Jurong Port

From 11 December 2014 to 30 January 2015, work will be conducted to install a pipeline and remove a pipleline elbow near Exxon Mobil Berth 1 at Jurong Island.

As advised in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.155 OF 2014 dated 10 December 2014, the work will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

A) 01¢ª 16.624’N / 103¢ª 41.477’E

B) 01¢ª 16.632’N / 103¢ª 41.487’E

C) 01¢ª 16.619’N / 103¢ª 41.501’E

D) 01¢ª 16.609’N / 103¢ª 41.492’E

A crane barge, assisted by tugboats will be used to remove the cut pipleline elbow and install the new pipeline.

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 22 (Jurong Control);


e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

Enhanced towage services
December 10, 2014, Australia, Port Hedland

BHP Billiton Towage Services Pty Ltd (BHPB) will expand its fleet of tug boats at Port Hedland in the new year, to enhance its towage capabilities at the port.

Between January and March 2015, four ART80-32 escort tugs will be introduced, increasing the BHPB fleet at Port Hedland to 18, including 11 rotor tugs with escort capabilities and seven harbour tugs.

The addition of the ART80-32 tugs will help ensure that BHPB continues to safely meet the increased demand for towage services, and will enable Cape Size vessels to be escorted to the 18km point (beacon 15/16) of the channel. The new tugs will be moored on a purpose-built barge at Stingray Creek.

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

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