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Panama Canal, Panama
Izmit Bay, Turkey
Vessels at anchor in port
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Singapore
Pursuant to Regulation 9 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations 1997, the owner, agent, master or person-in-charge of every vessel at anchor in port shall at all times have onboard sufficient number of men capable of veering cable, keeping anchor lights lit and taking appropriate action in case of an emergency.Pursuant to Section 43 of the MPA Act 1996, the Port Master directs the following safety measures to be taken by vessels anchored in port:
(a) to keep vessel engines in a state of readiness for immediate use in case of emergency;
(b) to ensure sufficient scope of cable used in the prevailing circumstances;
(c) to ensure that there is ample swinging room for the vessel;
(d) to keep a continuous listening watch on designated VHF channel of the respective sector where the vessel anchored.Vessels under active employment/repair must have their full operational crew onboard. In other cases, at least half the number of Officers, Engineers and crew (or Watchmen/Security Guards) or the minimum manning, must be onboard at all times.

The master or person-in-charge of every vessel at anchor in port shall maintain a continuous navigational watch and comply with the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW) Code Chapter VIII Section A-VIII/2 Part 4-1 S/No. 51.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.2 of 2017

Reduction of booking slots to reduce backlog
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
For the past few weeks, the Panama Canal has been experiencing an unusual delay in transits for non-booked vessels.In response to growing concerns of our customers regarding the extended waiting period currently experienced by their vessels, a temporary reduction in the number of booking slots for supers in the third period will be reduced to five (5), for a total of 15 slots. This reduction will be implemented effective January 20, 2017, and will be maintained until further notice.Applications for reserved transits under these terms will be received commencing 0900 hours, January 17, 2017. The booking slot available through the auction process will continue to be offered, and the limits by direction and restriction will remain unchanged.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-03-2017 dated January 16, 2017

Traffic partially resumed after fuel oil spillage
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Izmit Bay, Turkey
Following the halting of traffic on Friday (13 January) due to the spillage of oil fuel, traffic has resumed at Izmit Bay for some terminals only. Other areas remain restricted.For further details and information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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