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Bosphorus, Turkey
Kiel Canal, Germany
Waterway closed after collision
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey
Traffic in the Bosphorus was suspended at 08.40 hours local time today (17 August) following a collision between a bulk carrier and a coastal safety boat at the southern entry to the waterway.The coastal safety boat capsized and is being removed to a safety zone by tugs. As at 09.50, the waterway was still closed.

UPDATE 11.30: Search & Rescue operations have been completed and four persons on the coastal safety boat “Sahil Guvenlik 25” reported dead. The Bosphorus remains closed.

UPDATE 13.30:  Traffic in the Bosphorus scheduled to resume at 14.30 hours for Northbound vessels, at which time the towage and pilotage service will also re-commence.

For information about operations in the Bosphorus and Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Consultation open on costs for commercial vessel operators
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Australia
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is inviting commercial vessel owners and operators to provide feedback on proposed levy models to recover costs associated with AMSA’s delivery of services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety.In July 2013, AMSA became the sole regulator for Australia’s domestic commercial vessel fleet, providing a single set of safety standards across all states and territories. Since 2013, marine safety agencies in each state and in the Northern Territory have provided certification and compliance services on behalf of AMSA. AMSA will begin directly delivering these services under the National System from 1 July 2017.

Consistent with the Australian Government Charging Framework, AMSA will need to recover all service delivery costs from industry. Costs will be recovered through a levy and fees for services. As each state and territory currently recovers costs to different degrees, the shift in overall fees under the National System will vary for each commercial vessel depending on its location and type of operation.

AMSA has developed two proposed options for cost recovery. One model involves a flat fee per metre, based on the length of a vessel. The second model is based on vessel class and size, combining a fixed charge per vessel with a fee per metre. Commercial owners and operators are invited to provide feedback to AMSA on both models.

Consultation will be open from 15 August until 10 October and more information about making a submission is available on the consultation page of the AMSA website [at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/moreview].

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (www.amsa.gov.au) Media Release dated 15 August 2016

Lock maintenance works
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal authorities have announced that the New Big North lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service due to maintenance works from 07:00 to 15:00 hours local time tomorrow (18 August).The New Big South lock at Kiel-Holtenau will remain in service during this period.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

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