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Panama Canal, Panama
Corpus Christi, United States
Feast of Sacrifice Holiday
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Turkey
All official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed from Wednesday 30 August to Tuesday 5 September, due to a a six-day holiday.

Vessel owners and operators are urged to make all arrangements for crew, spares, provisions, etc in good time ahead of the holiday.

Some ports may be closed duringthe holiday and/or fees for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) be increased by 50%. Owners/operators should therefore check in advance before calling at any Turkish Port.

GAC Turkey will be on duty during the holiday.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Canal welcomes largest capacity container vessel to-date through expanded locks
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal [has] welcomed the largest capacity vessel to ever transit the Expanded Locks, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt. The Neopanamax containership, which began its voyage from Asia, will be making stops along the U.S. East Coast.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt has a Total TEU Allowance (TTA) of 14,855 and measures 365.9 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam….

…”Today’s transit not only represents the growing success and adoption of the Expanded Canal, but also its impact on reshaping world trade,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is deployed on the new OCEAN Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express (SAX) service, which connects Asia and U.S. East Coast ports via the Panama Canal. The SAX service is composed of 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 14,000 TEUs, including vessels which also transited the Expanded Canal earlier in May becoming the largest capacity ships to do so at time…

…the transit of the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt also highlights the Panama Canal’s ability to reduce CO2 emissions compared to alternative routes. By traveling through Panama, the vessel saved 29,561 tons of CO2 in bypassing the Cape of Good Hope.

Emission reductions have been a key focus of the Expanded Canal, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in June. In its first year of operation, the Expanded Canal contributed to the reduction of 17 million tons of CO2 thanks to the shorter traveling distance and larger cargo carrying capacity that it offers to customers.

Looking forward to the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, the Panama Canal Authority is projected to accommodate approximately 13,000 vessels, including 2,335 Neopanamax vessels for a record tonnage of 429.4 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS)….

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

Source: Extracts from Panama Canal Authority press release dated 22 August 2017

Port readiness level raised
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Corpus Christi, United States
Hurricane readiness at the Port of Corpus Christi has been raised Port Condition 4 in accordance with the Port Hurricane Readiness Plan, and the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port has set Port Condition Whiskey.

The hurricane readiness level has been increased as a precautionary measure for the anticipated reorganization of Harvey.

A tropical depression is expected form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico today (23 August) or tomorrow, and move in the general direction of Texas through Friday (25 August). Tropical storm or hurricane force winds possibly beginning Friday.

Port Condition Whiskey has been set for the ports of Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Victoria, effective 1:00pmyesterday (22 August). Owners, operators or agents of self-propelled ocean-going vessels over 500Gt and all barges and their supporting tugs must report their intention to depart or remain in port. A Remaining In Port Checklist must be completed and submitted to Sector Corpus Christi within 24 hour. All self-propelled ocean-going vessels over 500GT and all barges and their supporting tugs departing the port must depart not later than 12 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds. Vessels bound for these ports which are unable to depart 12 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds are advised to seek an alternative destination.

Mariners are reminded that the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor Security Zone (33 CFR 165.809) remains in effect during severe weather. Vessels are not permitted to enter the security zone without permission of the COTP to enter the Inner Harbor as a safe refuge.

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

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