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20-Feb-2017

PORT DUES SUBSIDY WITHDRAWN
Saudi Arabia
SHOALING ALERTS
Delaware River, USA
CITY IN TOTAL BLACKOUT
Aden, Yemen
Port dues subsidy withdrawn
Monday, February 20, 2017, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Ports Authority has withdrawn the subsidy on port dues, effective from 11 February 2017.

An official notice has not yet been issued by all ports, however, asall ports are administered under the Saudi Ports Authority, the revised/full charges are now applicable.

A breakdown of the tariff changes are shown below:

PORT ARRIVAL DUES
Until 10 Feb 2017: SAR 500 / USD 133.33
With effect 11 Feb 2017: SAR 1000 / USD 266.67

PORT DEPARTURE DUES
Until 10 Feb 2017: SAR 500 / USD 133.33
With effect 11 Feb 2017: SAR 1000 / USD 266.67

WASTE COLLECTION (PER DAY)
Until 10 Feb 2017: SAR 50 / USD 13.33
With effect 11 Feb 2017: SAR 100 / USD 26.67

For information about operations at Saudi ports contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jeddah@gac.com

Shoaling alerts
Monday, February 20, 2017, Delaware River, USA
The United States Coast Guard has issued the following Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIBs) alerting the maritime community of shoaling in the Delaware River:

MSIB 03-17: Deepwater Range
There have been reports of shoaling in Deepwater Point Range, in the main navigation channel as follows:

  • Beginning on the north western side of the range, approximately 1400 feet south of Lighted Bell Buoy “1C” (LLN 2965), extending south on the western side 2400 feet past Lighted Buoy “5D” (LLN 2950), from the western edge of the channel 200 feet towards centerline.
  • Beginning approximately 2800 feet north of Lighted Buoy “4D” (LLN 2945), extending south along the eastern side of the channel to the end of the range, from the eastern edge of the channel approximately 200 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Deepwater Range as some depths at Mean Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

MSIB 04-17L New Castle Range
There have been reports of shoaling in New Castle Range, in the main navigation channel as follows:

  • On the western side of the channel between the north side of the entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the southern end of Pea Patch Island, extending from the western edge of the channel approximately 300 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of New Castle Range as some depths at Mean Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

MSIB 05-17: Cherry Island Range
There have been reports of shoaling in Cherry Island Range, in the main navigation channel as follows:

  • Beginning on the western side of the channel 1100 feet south of Green Buoy “7C” (LLN 3035) extending approximately 1000 feet past Green Buoy “5C” (LLN 3025), from the western edge of the channel approximately 100 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Cherry Island Range as some depths at Mean Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

In all three areas, vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

The latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data can be found at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

City in total blackout
Monday, February 20, 2017, Aden, Yemen
At 1400 hours local time yesterday (Sunday, 19 February), the electricity power system for Aden went off.

Since then, the city is in complete blackout. No official statement has been made about the reasons for the power failure. Fuel supplies for domestic use stopped one week ago.

Despite the blackout, port operations are still continuing.

For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

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