The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey.
The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways, namely a potentially dangerous loss of propulsion caused by engine overheating resulting from sea chest strainers being clogged by hundreds of these small fish.
Numerous warnings have previously been broadcast by the Coast Guard’s Captain of the Port and the Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots about this natural phenomenon and these incidents, however they continue to occur, almost on a daily basis, and this is creating unsafe conditions for these ships and consequentially all other ship and barge traffic on the waterway.
The Causality Analysis Workgroup of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee, in conjunction with the local Coast Guard Captain of the Port and the Houston Pilots, have now provided a process to survey the numerous ships visiting the port, in hopes of developing a procedure of best safe-practice methods that can be implemented by all ships calling here during the Menhaden season.
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Yellow Fever precautions
July 29, 2015, India, Mumbai
Mumbai Port Health Authority has advised that vessels that have called at ports in Yellow Fever Endemic countries within 30 days from the date of departure will be considered ‘suspect vessels’ and Free Pratique will be granted in accordance with Indian Port Health rules.
Further, any person arriving from these countries within six days of the date of departure will be required to produce a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Those unable to produce such a certificate will be quarantined until the end of the six days from the time and time of departure.
The countries considered Yellow Fever Endemic are:
Angola, Benin, Burkino Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African republic, Chad, Congo, Cote-de-Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo and Uganda.
SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela.
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Prohibition on vessels anchoring in demarcated area within Eastern & Eastern Holding B anchorages
July 29, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
The Port Master hereby prohibits all vessels from anchoring in the demarcated area within the Eastern Anchorage (AEW), Eastern Holding B Anchorage (AEHB). This prohibition shall take effect on 09 Aug 2015 (Sun) from 1000hrs to 2359hrs.
The demarcated area referred to in the preceding paragraph is bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 15.300’N / 103 deg. 52.700’E
2) 01 deg. 15.300’N / 103 deg. 53.300’E
3) 01 deg. 14.700’N / 103 deg. 53.300’E
4) 01 deg. 14.700’N / 103 deg. 52.700’E
Vessels that are currently anchored within the demarcated area are required to shift out of the area by 0800hrs on the day mentioned above.
(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.80 of 2015 dated 28 July 2015
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 29/07/2015
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