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Hong Kong
Suez Canal, Egypt
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Repair of light beacon off Sha Lo Wan, Lantau Island
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Hong Kong
From 9 April and for approximately 2 weeks, repair works for a light beacon will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 17.544’N / 113 deg. 53.878’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.511’N / 113 deg. 53.878’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.511’N / 113 deg. 53.831’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.544’N / 113 deg. 53.831’EThe works will be carried out by a crane boat.A working area of approximately 15 metres will be established around the crane boat. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the crane boat.

The hours of work will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

The vessel engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.38 of 2016

10% port dues concession for bulk carriers
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Singapore
In view of the current downturn in the shipping industry, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will grant, with effect from 15 April 2016, a 10 per cent concession on port dues for bulk carriers. This concession will be applicable if the vessels are carrying out cargo works with a port stay of not more than five days and will be in place for one year.This latest move follows MPA’s announcement in January of an additional 10 per cent concession on port dues granted to container vessels that carry out cargo works with a port stay of not more than five days. The concession was on top of existing port dues concessions such as the Green Port Programme incentives and the 20 per cent concession first introduced in 1996.Taken together with the existing concessions including those granted to offshore support vessels and container vessels, these concessions are expected to yield S$18 million in savings for shipping companies over one year.

The roll out of these measures demonstrates Singapore’s commitment to help the maritime sector through this challenging time, and its importance in contributing to our economy and creating good jobs for Singaporeans. MPA will continue to work closely with our industry partners and stakeholders to support the long-term development of Maritime Singapore.

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

Source: Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore press release dated 5 April 2016

Tolls reduction for container ships coming from East Coast of America to SE Asian ports
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Suez Canal, Egypt
The Suez Canal Authority has decided that container ships coming from Port of New York and its southern ports heading to South East Asian ports (port of Port Kelang and its eastern ports) shall be granted a reduction of 30% (thirty percent) of the Suez Canal normal tolls.Conditions:1) Any company wishing to benefit has to submit a request before sailing through its shipping agency

2) The vessel must not call any port in between aforementioned two areas provided that vessel’s operator forward a formal declaration about that.

3) Submitting a certificate from the past port of origin stating the date of sailing and a certificate from the first port or arrival stating date of arrival within sixty days from the date of Canal transit.

4) A statement submitted by vessel’s agency undertaking to pay the granted reduction in case of calling in between the aforementioned tow areas, or failing to submit the documents during the period stated above.

This circular takes effect as an experimental period, for 90 days (ends on June 5, 2016) to be renewed.

(For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com)

Source: Suez Canal Authority Circular 1/2016

New tariff for STS transfers
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Ports Authority has advised that a new tariff is in effect for ship-to-ship transfers (two ships double banked) at Ashroff Jetty at Trincomalee, for cargo destine for the port of Galle. The new rate per tonne is USD 2.00.For information about operations in Sri Lanka contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

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