Home Ports & Terminals Hot Port News from GAC

Hot Port News from GAC

by admin

GAC 01072014asdf

United States, Port Arthur, Texas
Singapore, Singapore
Australia, Sydney
Turkey, Turkish Straits
New rules for STS transfers at sea
May 22, 2015, United States, Port Arthur, Texas
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port at Port Arthur has advised that new rules regarding ship-to-ship (STS) transfers of oil cargoes came into effect on 5 May 2015.The Coast Guard has added 33 CFR 156 Subpart D titled Prevention of Pollution During Transfers of Oil Cargo Between Oil Tankers at Sea, which applies to STS transfer operations involving at least one vessel greater than 150 gross tons. Subpart B Special Requirements for Lightering of Oil and Hazardous Material Cargoes will now only apply to oil and hazardous material cargo transfers when both oil tankers are less than 150 gross tons in the marine environment beyond the baseline.For pre-transfer notices, the new regulations align with existing MARPOL Annex I requirements to require that a vessel involved with STS operations give at least 48 hours advance notice of transfer. This is a change from the previous requirements to provide 24 hours’ notice to the nearest Coast Guard office. The Coast Guard recognizes that 28 hour notice may present a challenge and the new regulations allow for an incomplete initial notification provided that the remaining information is submitted at the earliest opportunity. A 24-hour notice requirement remains for all vessels subject to 33 CFR 156 Subpart B. 

For vessels conducting STS operations in Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur’s Captain of the Port Zone, an initial notification on behalf of the ship to be lightered (STBL) must be received 48 hours prior to transfer with as much information as is known at the time. Vessel representatives or STS providers may then provide one complete update when all additional required information is known. Each service vessel is not required to submit notice provided that the names and requisite information for each service vessel is submitted.


Masters, vessel agents, and lightering service providers should be aware that the required reporting information is slightly different than the existing requirements. Care should be taken to ensure all internal reporting procedures are updates to ensure compliance.


For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Southeast Asian Games Triathlon Competition 2015
May 22, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Triathlon Competition 2015 will be held from 06 June 2015to 07 June 2015.In conjunction with the SEA Games Triathlon Competition 2015 and in exercise of the powersconferred under Section 43 (c) of the MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE ACT (CHAPTER 170A), the Port Master hereby prohibits all vessels, unless authorized by the Port Master, from entering, anchoring, mooring, transiting or being in the area as stated in paragraph 3. 

The area referred to in this Notice is bounded by the following co-ordinates:

1) 01 deg. 18.445’N / 103 deg. 56.368’E

2) 01 deg. 18.285’N / 103 deg. 56.434’E

3) 01 deg. 18.175’N / 103 deg. 56.171’E

4) 01 deg. 18.345’N / 103 deg. 56.102’E


The dates and times during which the Prohibited Area will be brought into effect are as follows:

06 Jun 2015 0730hrs – 1000hrs

07 Jun 2015 0730hrs – 1000hrs


Further enquiries relating to the conduct and schedule of the SEA Games Triathlon Competition

can be directed to the Triathlon Association of Singapore (Attn: Jeff Lim) at Tel: 8323-1882 (email: jeff.lim@triathlonsingapore.org).


When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep clear of the area;

b) Maintain a proper lookout;

c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);


e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.


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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore3 POrt Marine Notice No.54 of 2015

Pilotage services suspended
May 22, 2015, Australia, Sydney
Pilotage services at Sydney and Port Botany were suspended from 1400 hours local time today (22 May) due to severe weather conditions.The latest weather update for the area can be found at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/sydney.shtmlFor further details and information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia atshipping.australia@gac.com
Bridge works continue
May 22, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits
Due to continuing dridge works in the Bosphorus, traffic will be halted from 0600 to 2000 hours local time tomorrow (23 May).For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul atturkey@gac.com

You may also like

Leave a Comment