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Bosphorus, Turkey
Price increases from 1 July 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016, Australia
The following price increases have been announced at Australian ports, coming into effect from 1 July 2016:Geelong – Channel Access Charges
The Victorian Regional Channels Authority advise that the new base charge will be $0.43c/GRT (compared to previous rate being $0.38c/GRT). This represents an increase of approximately 13%.

The port has announced details of a new tariff coming into effect from 1 July, with increases of approximately 3% covering Pilotage, Towage, Line handling, Berthage and Tonnage Dues.

Hay Point & Abbot Point – Harbour and tonnage dues
North Queensland Bulk Ports advise of a 3% increase to Harbour Dues and Tonnage Dues. The Tonnage Dues rate, applicable to vessels’ GRT, increases from $0.272c/GRT to $0.28c/GRT.
(Note – Harbour Dues costs are payable by Shippers)

Mackay Harbour
North Queensland Bulk Ports advises increases of 3% to apply to Tonnage rate, Moor/Unmoor and Security.

The Port Authority of NSW advises that the Pilot Boarding Fee at Newcastle will increase from $1328.80 to $1674.88 per vessel movement. This equates to an extra $628.87 per vessel call at Newcastle. The new fee – which is applicable for all vessels except those under 8, 000 GT (not including tugs and barges) – comes into effect on 1 July. This increase is based on recovery of cost increments associated with the provision of helicopter services from third party subcontractors, which Port Authority has been paying since 1 January 2016.

News of other cost increases coming into effect is expected and will be advised when available.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Traffic to halt for yacht races
Friday, May 27, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey
Vessel traffic in the Bosphorus will be suspended between 11:00 and 17:00 hours tomorrow (Saturday, 28 May) due to the Bosphorus Cup yacht races.For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Public holiday for Democracy Day
Friday, May 27, 2016, Nigeria
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday (30 May) a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration.The country’s ports & terminals will operate partially, as will Government agencies categorised as essential services (Customs, immigration, etc.).

Banks and government offices will be closed on this day, as will the GAC office (with on duty staff available by mobile phone). Normal work will resume on Tuesday 31 May.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

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