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Delaware River, USA
Port Khalid, Sharjah, UAE
Panama Canal, Panama
Turkish Straits Turkey
Marcus Hook Anchorage dredging
Thursday, April 14, 2016, Delaware River, USA
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting necessary dredging operations in Marcus Hook Anchorage, in the Delaware River, beginning April 18, 2016 at 0600 until April 23, 2016 at 0600.During this time, the dredge MCFARLAND will be operating within the northern half of Marcus Hook Anchorage where potentially hazardous shoaling of 34 feet has been reported at MLLW.Vessels intending to anchor in Marcus Hook Anchorage should only anchor in the southern half of the anchorage and are requested to stay clear of the dredge MCFARLAND and all related dredging equipment. The dredge MCFARLAND can be contacted via VHF channels 13 and 16.Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulletin #10-16 dated 12 April 2016

Landing craft sunk (CORRECTION)
Thursday, April 14, 2016, Port Khalid, Sharjah, UAE
A Landing Craft – L/C Shahryar 1, IMO: 8741753, LOA 60M – has sunk in the approximate position:
– 25 deg. 30.067min N
– 055 deg. 23.505min E
[at Port Khalid, Sharjah].The clear depth available in the position is 8.0 meters at chart datum.All mariners/craft are requested to keep clear of this location and navigate with caution.(For information about operations in Sharjah contact GAC Sharjah at sharjah@gac.com)Source: Navigational Warning SPA.NW/003/2016 from Port Khalid, Sharjah – Harbour Master’s  office, dated 10 April 2016

New booking slots for Neopanamax vessels
Thursday, April 14, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
With the recent announcement of June 26, 2016, as the inauguration date for the expanded locks with commercial operations beginning the following day, the Panama Canal Authority will be accepting transit reservations for Neopanamax vessels effective June 27, 2016.The following rules and procedures will apply for Neopanamax vessels reserving booking slots in the new locks:

  1. Vessel classification. Vessels are classified as Neopanamax if their dimensions are over 966 feet (294.44 meters) in length or over 107 feet (32.62 meters) in beam.
  2. Slot Allocation. A maximum of 4 booking slots will be offered per day during the first period. Of these, no more than 2 slots will be available per direction, and a maximu of 1 with “daylight-restriction” per direction….
  3. Passenger Vessels. Neopanamax passenger vessels will be allowed to request booking slots for transit dates after June 26,  2017…. …1 slot will be offered exclusively to passenger vessels during the special booking period, which extends from 547 days to 366 days prior ro the requested transit date. No distinction will be made between commercial passenger vessels and other vessels when assigning any remaining booking slots in the other booking periods.
  4. Required Arrival Time. Neopanamax booked vessels will be required to arrive by 2200 hours the day prior to their booked date. Neopanamax LNG vessels will required to arrive by 0330 on their booked date, Neopanamax passenger vessels are exempt from this requirement, provided they arrive with enough time to maintain their schedule.
  5. Substitutions and Swaps. Sustitutions and swaps will be allowed under the same rules and conditions that currently apply to supers and regulars.
  6. Penalties due to Late Arrival. The applicable fee for late arrival of Neopanamax vessels with the required 2200 hours arrival time will be determined by the vessel’s actual arrival time, in accordance with the following:
    – Arrival 2201 hours to 2300 hours: Additional fee 25%
    – Arrival 2301 hours to 2400 hours: Additional fee 50%
    – Arrival 0001 hours to 0100 hours: Additional fee 75%
    – After 0101 hours: Additional fee 100%
    For vessels with the required 0330 hours arrival time, the applicable fee due to late arrival will be based on the following:
    – Arrival 0331 hours to 0400 hours: Additional fee 25%
    – Arrival 0401 hours to 0430 hours: Additional fee 50%
    – Arrival 0431 hours to 0500 hours: Additional fee 75%
    – After 0501 hours: Additional fee 100%
  7. Cancellation fees: Cancellation fees for Neopanamax vessels including LNG carriers will be based on their required arrival time, as per the following:
    – Notice Period (in advance of required arrival time: 365 – Cancellation Fee: 10% of booking fee of $500
    – Notice Period: 365 days to over 180 days – Cancellation Fee: 20% of booking fee or $600
    – Notice Period: 180 days to over 90 days – Cancellation Fee: 40% of booking fee or $900
    – Notice Period: 90 days to over 30 days – Cancellation Fee: 50% of booking fee or $1, 100
    – Notice Period: 30 days to over 3 days – Cancellation Fee: 60% of booking fee or $1, 300
    – Notice Period: 72 hours to 36 hours – Cancellation Fee: 80% of booking fee or $1, 600
    – Notice Period: Less than 36 hours – Cancellation Fee: 100% of booking fee….
  8. In Transit Times (ITT): The ITT applicable to booked Neopanamx vessels will be 18 hours or less.

During this initial phase, applications for reserved transits for Neopanamax vessels will received as follows:

  • Beginning at 0900 hours April 18, 2016, for transit dates between June 27, 2016, and September 30, 2016.
  • Beginning at 0900 hours April 22, 2016, for transit dates between October 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.
  • Beginning at 0900 hours April 25, 2016, for transit dates after December 31, 2016, and up to 365 days from the date of request.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-19-2016 dated April 12, 2016


Seismic survey in the Marmara Sea
Thursday, April 14, 2016, Turkish Straits Turkey
A seismic survey will be conducted in the Marmara Sea, starting this month (April 2016) and due to last about four months.Masters of vessels in the Turkish Straits and Marmara Sea are advised to take all related precautions and act in aline with instructions from the VTS and other authorities.For details of the survey operations, or general information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey atturkey@gac.com

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