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Suez Canal, Egypt
Port Hedland
Amended transit fees now in effect
Monday, December 19, 2016, Suez Canal, Egypt
The Egyptian Ministry of Transportation has issued Ministerial Decree advising amended fees for Suez Canal transit, effective for all ships from 15 December 2016, as follows:

Vessels of Gross Registed Tonnage (GRT) 

Art (1-1) ships GRT

One PortUS$ Two Ports(Canal Transit)


Up to 3,000 tons Gross Registered  Tonnage 500.00 800.00
3,001 to 5,000        (GRT) 600.00 600.00
5001 to 10,000       (GRT) 800.00 1200.00
10,001 to 20,000    (GRT) 1000.00 1500.00
20,001 to 40,000    (GRT) 1200.00 1800.00
For each additional 10,000 tons over 40,001 GRT 200.00 250.00
(1-2)        Passenger Vessels    
Up to 15,000 tons  (GRT) 800.00 900.00
Over  15,001 tons   (GRT) 1200.00 1800.00
(1-3)   Other floating Units
Yachts (up to 60 feet long) 150.00 250.00
Yachts (over 60 feet long) 300.00 400.00
Tugs Boats and Similar 400.00 600.00

General Conditions :

  • Vessel’s Stay at port : Mentioned fees to cover berthing vessel for 1st 5 days and  to add (10%) above charges on (1-1) per each additional day or part of a day.
  • Ships will not sail from the port for Repairs, Force majeure, or any other reason/s out of ship control  (subject to port authority evaluation) will be exempted from this additional charges.
  • Seamen’s Club : 25 USD per vessel to be collected as Seamen’s Club fees,  to bedeposited with the maritime transport sector until further instruction regarding the establishment and development of the seamen’s club and appointment of aresponsible party.
  • Collection Fees : 75 L.E per vessel are to be granted to the shipping agent for collecting theministry fees in favor of Maritime Transport Sector for each  ship .

All ships transiting the Canal will be charged as follows:

Vessels of Gross Registed Tonnage (GRT)  (Suez Canal Transit)US$
Up to 10,000 tons Gross Registered  Tonnage 350.00
Fm 10,001 to 60,000  (GRT) 450.00
Fm 60,001  and over   (GRT) 700.00

Ministry fees and Port authority transit fees will be subject to:
– (3%) annual increase
– Above increases percentage subject to be reviewed if necessary

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

Amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Regulations and Merchant Shipping Regulations
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Singapore
With effect from 1 January 2017, the amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Regulations and Merchant Shipping Regulations will be taken into effect.The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) had adopted amendments to MARPOL 73/78, SOLAS 74 and STCW Convention respectively.

The amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Regulations give effect to Resolution MEPC.265(68) which makes the environment-related provisions of the Polar Code mandatory under MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V and Resolution MEPC.266(68) which amends Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I relating to requirements on tanks for oil residues (sludge).

The amendments to the Merchant Shipping Regulations give effect to Resolution MSC.385(94) which adopts the safety-related provisions of the Polar Code and include new mandatory minimum requirements for training and qualification of personnel on ships subjected to the Polar Code. Resolution MSC.386(94) adds a new chapter XIV to SOLAS on safety measures for ships under the Polar Code.

The amendments to the Merchant Shipping Regulations also give effect to Resolution MSC.392(95) which makes the IGF Code mandatory and include fire safety measures under Chapter II-2 of SOLAS. In addition, Resolution MSC.396(95) and Resolution MSC.397(95) adopt amendments to the STCW Convention and the STCW Code which prescribe new mandatory minimum requirements for training and qualification of personnel on ships subjected to the IGF Code.

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

Relief support for companies providing cadet training berths
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Singapore
The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced that they are introducing Training Berth Relief Support, a new scheme which aims to help shipping companies sustain their efforts in cadet training by reducing their training costs. The scheme is part of the ongoing manpower efforts drawn up by the Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce for Seafarers (TF-Sea), chaired by the MPA.

Training Berth Relief Support is applicable to Singapore-based employers
who train Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Resident cadets pursuing
their certificate of competencies (CoCs) in the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) or Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI).
Employers will be reimbursed $200 of the monthly sea service allowance
provided to each cadet that they train. Cadet sea service contracts must commence
between 1 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2018 in order to qualify.
Training Berth Relief Support is applicable in addition to existing schemes
supporting cadet allowances, including the Cadet Allowance Reimbursement
Scheme for SMA cadets, as well as the Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA)
and Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) for WMI cadets.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Port Hedland Cyclone Update
Thursday, January 5, 2017, Port Hedland
The Port of Port Hedland cyclone alert remains at Stage 1 – Monitor.The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has provided an update in relation to tropical system 08U which is now located approximately 170 NM East – North East of Broome. The system has recently moved in a South Westerly direction at 8 knots.

The low is expected to remain over land and parallel to the West Kimberley coastline until Friday, 06 January 2017. The low is then expected to track further inland and away from the Port of Port Hedland. There is now a much lesser likelihood that the Port will be impacted by strong to gale force winds on Saturday (7/1) and Sunday (8/1).

Based on the most recent advice from BoM, port operations will continue as planned for the next 24 hours. The Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) will continue to monitor the BoM forecasts with the next update to be provided around Friday.

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

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