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Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
US military transport routed via port
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Between 18 October and 20 November 2017, American military supplies and equipment [are being] transported from Germany to the US via the Eindhoven airbase and the port of Rotterdam. The shipments in question concern 60 helicopters, types UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache, as well as some 1,100 vehicles and containers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade…

…Over the next few weeks, various units of the Dutch armed forces will be deployed in support of the US troop movements.

Dutch military personnel will be setting up a transhipment location in the port of Rotterdam that includes a landing site for the American helicopters. This section of the port area will be designated a ‘temporary military zone’ and will be guarded around the clock by the Dutch military. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has declined to specify where the equipment will be handled for security reasons.

(For information about operations in the Netherlands, contact GAC Rotterdam at agency.netherlands@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Port of Rotterdam – www.portofrotterdam.com – October 2017 newsletter

Plague outbreak
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Madagascar
An outbreak of plague is reported in Madagascar. This infectious disease causes fever, chills, head and body aches, vomiting and nausea, and can be fatal. ETIC/Africa P&I Services, a local correspondent, reports that the outbreak is severe and fast spreading, affecting the whole island of Madagascar, including ports. In particular, an outbreak of pneumonic plague has been reported in the port city of Tamatave/Toamasina and the US authorities have issued a Maritime Alert urging vessels calling in Madagascar to exercise caution (click here).

The disease is spread by bites of infected fleas, inhalation of respiratory droplets/small particles from persons with pneumonic plague, and unprotected contact with infectious bodily fluids or contaminated materials. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travellers to Madagascar take the following steps to help prevent being infected:

  • “Use EPA-registered insect repellent that lists protection against fleas on the label and contains at least 25% DEET.
  • Avoid close contact with sick or dead animals.
  • Avoid close contact with seriously ill people, especially people who are coughing up blood.”

Those calling at Madagascan ports should be alert to the plague risks and take appropriate precautions to avoid infection. This may include considering limiting contact on shore, refraining from travelling in-land, and seeking prompt medical assistance in the event of suspected plague symptoms and/or after close contact with those who are infected.

For further information on the plague situation in Madagascar and advice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here. Additional information on plague symptoms, treatment and prevention can be found in the WHO’s fact sheet which can be accessed by clicking here.

(For information about operations in Madagascar, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: London P&I Club – www.londonpandi.com – news alert dated 31 October 2017

Port ops suspended
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Port operations at Al Jubail were suspended due to poor visibility from 0215 hours local time today (1 November) for all vessels berthing/sailing only.

For information about operations in Jubail contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jubail@gac.com

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