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Bosphorus, Turkey
Delaware Bay & River, USA
Liberia-flagged vessels to pay preferential tonnage rates
Thursday, February 11, 2016, China
Liberia will be added to the preferential list of countries when determining tonnage dues for vessels calling Chinese portsEffective from 14 February 2016, owners of Liberian-registered vessels will be charged tonnage dues when visiting any port in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the same rate as tonnage dues charged to vessels that are lawfully registered and flagged with the PRC.According to the Liberian Maritime Authority’s Marine Notice INT-003 this is implementation of the Agreement between the Government of PRC and the Government of the Republic of Liberia on Maritime Transport signed on November 3, 2015.It applies to Liberian flagged vessels entering and or operating in Chinese ports. The same measures shall be reciprocally applicable to Chinese flagged vessels entering and or operating in Liberian ports.

For information about operations in China contact GAC China at china@gac.com

Bridge works
Thursday, February 11, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey
Traffic in the Bosphorus will be suspended from 00:15 to 23:59 hours tomorrow (Friday 12 February), due to works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge).For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Ice Condition 3 set
Thursday, February 11, 2016, Delaware Bay & River, USA
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW.This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters, but navigation is not impacted by ice.  All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

  • When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.
  • Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
  • Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
  • Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.
  • Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
  • The COTP, Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin [MSIB #04-16] dated February 11, 2016


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