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Closure of landing pontoons for maintenance
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Singapore
The usage of Changi Point Ferry Terminal’s landing pontoons will be closed partially from 27 April to 05 September for maintenance.

The schedules of the maintenance for regional jetty at pontoon 1 to 3 and domestic jetty at pontoon 4 to 6 are as follows:

Pontoon Nos.: CPFT 1, 3 & 6
Maintenance Schedule: 27 April to 28 June 2017

Pontoon Nos.: CPFT 2, 4 & 5
Maintenance Schedule: 29 June to 05 September 2017

During the maintenance, regional and domestic launches will be directed to berth at the remaining pontoons of their respective jetties.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.70 of 2017 dated 25 April 2017

Inner anchorage draft during monsoon season
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Mumbai, India
Mumbai Port Trust has advised that only vessels with a draft up to 11.8 metres are permitted at inner anchorage berths during the monsoon season.

As stated in the Port Trust’s Circular No.DC/C-SH/2433 dated 24 April, Masters of vessels should:

  1. Maintain strict anchor water.
  2. Maintain a continuous watch on VHF Ch.12.
  3. Not allow more than two barges alongside the vessel during cargo operations.
  4. Maintain main engines on short notice.

Further , for any vessel with a draft of more than 11.5 metres, the agent of the vessel must provide a Letter of Indemnity.
For further details and information about operations at Indian ports contact GAC India at india@gac.com

Availability of anchorages during monsoon season
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Mumbai, India
The foul weather season is normally from 25 May to 31 August. During this period, the anchorage area of the inner harbor is restricted to a line, which is North of the Sunk Rock Light House position. Hence, the number of anchorages that can be utilized would be restricted due to non-availability of anchorages to the South of this line. Anchorage berth A-3 & Z-3 also may not be available as those are designated emergency anchorage of JNPT.

Mumbai Port Trust will try and accommodate as many vessels as possible but may have to deny anchorage facilities due to non-availability of anchorage berths. The cargo working anchorage berths will be allotted on a first-cum-first-serve basis, while other anchorages will be allotted for short periods only for those vessels also on first-cum-first-serve basis, which have specific work at Mumbai. Vessels which have got no employment will not be accorded to “lay up anchorage” and hence are strongly exhorted to find monsoon shelter elsewhere.

Small tugs, barges and other small vessels, which are covered under the Inland Vessels Act are also advised to seek shelter in minor ports in consultation with MMB. Those vessels which are anchored in the inner Mumbai Harbour will have to ensure that they are in a port-worthy condition, manned under the ISM code of safe manning and have the engines in proper working condition besides having all the statutory certificates and insurance valid.

The Dumb barges and craft without engine which are anchored in the inner Mumbai Harbour will have to keep standby tugs for assistance to vessel. They also should have their towing ropes and appropriate gear ready to facilitate towing during their stay at anchorage in case of bad weather and any other emergencies.

(For information about operations at Indian ports contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Mumbai Port Trust Circular No.DC/C-SH/2433 dated 24 April 2017

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