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Towage tariffs to rise
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Finland
Local towage operator Alfons Håkans has announced tariff increases for the cruise ports of Kotka (7,1%), Helsinki (7,1%), Hanko (10,1%), Rauma (10,1%) and Pori (6,1%), effective from 1 January 2017.For information about operations in Finland contact GAC Finland at finland@gac.com

Revised maritime frequencies & channeling arrangements
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Singapore
To ensure GMDSS communication capability, the 92nd Maritime Safety Committee has earlier issued MSC.1/Circ.1460 to advise that High Frequency (HF) radiocommunication equipment capable of operating narrow-band direct printing (NBDP) should be updated by the first radio survey after 1 January 2017; and other radiocommunication equipment may be updated appropriately in accordance with the decisions of the Administration.In order to avoid any unnecessary updates of HF radiocommunication equipment that is already capable of operating NBDP, further noting that the International Maritime Organization has approved the draft outcome of the detailed review of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) including the conclusion that NBDP can be removed as a carriage requirement for distress followup communications in Sea Areas A3 and A4 in the future, the Maritime Safety Committee at its 97th session agreed to amend the date in paragraph 6 ofMSC.1/Circ.1460 to advise that HF radiocommunication equipment capable of operating NBDP should be updated by the first radio survey after 1 January 2024.

Singapore ships equipped with HF NBDP radiocommunication equipment need not be updated until the first radio survey after 1 January 2024.

For VHF equipment, in view that GMDSS’s important channels are not amended and that there are many other existing VHF channels that can still be used for communication between the new and existing VHF equipment. The VHF radio communication equipment is deemed suitable for continued use onboard, unless otherwise required by the ship’s port of call operating the upgraded VHF channels or until such time when replaced or repaired which involve its replacement, shall then comply with the new channelling requirements.

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

Source:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No.29 of 2016 dated 12 December 2016

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