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Mumbai, India
Increase in booking slots for Neopanamax vessels
Friday, September 22, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority announces an increase in the number of booking slots available to Neopanamax vessels, Effective December 1, 2107, one (1) additional booking slot will be offered to vessels transiting northbound, for a maximum of four (4) northbound slots per day. The number of slots for southbounds will remain at three (3) per day.

This additional slot will be offered during the first booking period through a special competition in the following manner:

  • Competition for slots beginning on December 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, will be held at 0900 hours on September 26, 2017.
  • Competition for slots beginning on January 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018, will be held at 0900 hours on September 27, 2017.
  • Competition for slots beginning on April 1, 2018, through the remainder of the first booking period will be held at 0900 hours on September 28, 2017.

Full container vessels will have a preference over other vessel types when allocating these additional slots through the special competitions mentioned above. If no full container vessels are interested, the slot will be awarded to any vessel that participated in the special competition, based on Customer Ranking. After the special competition, the slots will become available to all vessels on a first-come, first-served basis.

The slot distribution per direction for Neopanamax vessels will be as follows:

North: 3
South: 2
Maximum # of slots: 5
*includes the slot for the special period for passenger vessels

North: 1
South: 1
Maximum # of slots: 2

North: –
South: –
Maximum # of slots: –

Neopanamax vessels that have been awarded slots for alternate dates due to unavailability of slots will be allowed to changes to dates when slots become available without being assessed a cancellation fee, provided that the booking slot for the alternate date was awarded prior for the original date becoming available, and that the vessel had previously requested a booking got those particular dates and was rejected due to unavailability of slots. This provision also applies to vessels interested in slots that become available during the second booking period competition.

Finally, effective October 1, 2017, booking slots that become available due to booked Neopanamax vessels transiting prior to their reserved date may be offered to interested Neopanamax vessels in the same manner as when the slot becomes available due to cancellations or changes in booking date, either through competition, or first-come, first-served after the competition, provided that the booked vessel transits at least four days prior to its booking date.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-33-2017 dated September 20, 2017

New Infrastructure Surcharge
Friday, September 22, 2017, Fremantle, Australia
Effective 30 October 2017, DP World Australia (DPWA) will be introducing an Infrastructure Surcharge at our Fremantle Terminal as part of the basis for which access to the Terminal is granted for landside operators.

Property costs at Fremantle Terminal have risen considerably in the last five years. DPWA has incurred material increases in the costs of occupancy of more than 25%, covering the cost of council rates, land tax and rent. Additionally, Terminal infrastructure maintenance continues to add a high cost to the business. DPWA avoided passing these costs onto the supply chain over this period, attempting to offset them through efficiency improvements. Despite DPWA’s continued efforts, these material step changes in costs cannot be offset.

DPWA has also invested in upkeep of critical infrastructure to keep pace with industry expectations, and handle greater peaks and troughs in cargo arrival patterns. This investment also includes increases in costs of Terminal upkeep driven by use of the site by landside operators.

The surcharge will be $8.22 per container and will apply to all full containers received or delivered to/from landside operators at Fremantle Terminal. Full containers received or delivered via road will be charged to the road carrier through the 1-Stop Vehicle Booking System. Full containers received or delivered to rail will be charged to the rail operator as a separate item on the invoices produced.

Ongoing access to Fremantle Terminal will be conditional on payment of the charges as per our conditions.

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

Source: DP World Australia Notice to Customers dated 18 September 2017

Temporary diversion of Tung Chung Buoyed Channel
Friday, September 22, 2017, Hong Kong
From 22 September until 31 October 2017, a section of the buoyed channel between the pairs of buoys TC1 and TC2; TC5 and TC6 will be temporarily diverted eastwards to facilitate the infill segments installation works.

The diverted channel is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum), with the name of temporary light marks shown:
(A) 22 deg. 18.899’N / 113 deg. 57.854’E (DTC 1)
(B) 22 deg. 18.854’N / 113 deg. 57.971’E (DTC 2)
(C) 22 deg. 18.460’N / 113 deg. 57.776’E (DTC 4)
(D) 22 deg. 18.258’N / 113 deg. 57.331’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.367’N / 113 deg. 57.283’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.496’N / 113 deg. 57.716’E (DTC 3)

Details of the temporary light marks marking the diverted channel are as follows:

I) Lateral light buoys:

Name: DTC1
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Green
Light Characteristics: Q. G
Top Mark: Single Green Cone

Name: DTC2
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Red
Light Characteristics: Q. R
Top Mark: Single Red Can

II) Lights fixed on piers:

Name: DTC3
Light Characteristics: VQ. G

Name: DTC4
Light Characteristics: VQ. R

The minimum width and depth of the diverted channel are about 100 metres and 2.5 metres (Chart Datum) respectively. The diverted channel permits vessels with airdraft of not exceeding 18.8 metres to pass through.

The works will be carried out by two large floating crane barges at the Tung Chung buoyed channel. Guard boats will be stationed at the turning points of the diverted channel to give necessary guidance to the vessels using this channel. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and follow the guidance given by the guard boats on scene.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.131 of 2017 dated 21 September 2017

Marine site investigation off Tseung Kwan O Area 137
Friday, September 22, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 2 months, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 16.460’N / 114 deg. 16.102’E
(B) 22 deg. 16.383’N / 114 deg. 16.137’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.338’N / 114 deg. 16.023’E
(D) 22 deg. 16.421’N / 114 deg. 15.984’EThe works will be carried out by two flat top barges. Two tugboats will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 50 metres around the barges will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.133 of 2017 dated 21 September 2017

Naval firing practice
Friday, September 22, 2017, Mumbai, India
The Navy will be conducting firing practice from 0800 hours to 1430 hours on 5.10.2017 and 06.10.2017.

During this period, there will be no shipping movements in the Mumbai Harbour. No anchorages will be allotted during this time. All vessels anchored in the inner harbour and PLA will be required to vacate the anchorage by midnight04.10.2017.

No ships will be allowed to be anchored in the fiting area from coastal batteries at Middle Ground, Oyster Rock abd Colaba Point.

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

Source: Mumbai Port Trust notice No.:DC/C-NM/4865 dated 21 September 2017

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