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Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Port Kembla, Australia
Gothenburg, Sweden
New rules for 96-hours online visa
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
According to new rules, it will be compulsory for all on/off signers of all nationalities (including those from 48 countries who were previously entitled to obtained visa upon arrival at the immigration counter) embarking/disembarking vessels at Fujairah port or anchorage.

This new rules will be implemented from the date of receipt of the Notice to Agent from the Harbour Master of Fujairah Port.

To obtain the 96-hours online visa, copies of valid passport and seaman book copies must be uploaded. If a crew member does not have seaman book or their seaman book has expired, they will not be able to embark or disembark at Fujairah port. The same rule will apply for aboard engineers, technicians, auditors, inspectors, surveyors and superintendents, but they can attend vessels by obtaining a Mission Visa. However, the immigration manager advises that they will not be able to sail with the vessel from Fujairah.

For information about operations at Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com

Anchorage closed due to adverse weather
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Port Kembla, Australia
Port Kembla anchorage was closed to shipping from 10.40 hours today (Wednesday 29 March) due to heavy swell and strong winds up to 40 knots).Present indications are that the anchorage will remain closed until Friday, 31March.

All ships have been instructed to return back to sea. Vessels returning back to sea will not affect their Notice of Readiness or turn off arrival. Any vessels arriving during the closure to reach as close as possible to port limits as allowed by VTIC, tender their Notice of Readiness and return back to sea.

The pilot boarding station and port is presently open to harbour movements and cargo operations are being conducted as normal.

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

Dredging spoils used to build new freight terminal
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Port of Gothenburg is planning to make use of contaminated clay from the seabed to build a new freight terminal. The method is currently being tested as part of large-scale field trials using dredging spoils from the Göta Älv river. The first barges loaded with spoils arrived yesterday.

An entirely new terminal will be constructed west of the current ro-ro terminal at Arendal.

The Port of Gothenburg is building a new freight terminal at the outer port area at Hisingen. The terminal, covering 220,000 square metres, will be built using clay spoils from the Göta Älv river, taken up as part of routine dredging to maintain the river depth.

Dredging spoils in the river are contaminated by a variety of substances, including TBT, tributyltin, an environmental toxin that can disrupt hormone levels. Until 2008, it was included as an antibiocide in antifouling paints used on the hulls of ships and boats. To ensure the spoils can be enclosed safely without seeping into the surroundings, exhaustive trials are being conducted…

…The method has already been tested in the laboratory. Large-scale field trials are about to commence using dredging spoils taken from the area around the Göta Älv Bridge.

The field trials include testing two different combinations of materials. The first involves mixing the spoils with cement and slag, and the other involves mixed the spoils with cement, slag and fly ash – a considerably cheaper and eco-friendlier alternative.

Large-scale field trials are about to commence using dredging spoils…

…The field trials will continue until Easter. The results will then be evaluated.

(For information about operations in Sweden contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Port of Gothenburg, www.portofgothenburg.com/news-room/

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