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Salalah, Oman

Kiel Canal, Germany

Control of smoke emissions by vessels in port
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) would like to remind ship masters and owners of vessels to take all necessary measures to prevent their vessels from emitting excessive soot, ash, or dark smoke from engine exhaust and/or ancillary shipboard machineries throughout the duration of vessel stay in port.

MPA takes a serious view of vessels emitting excessive smoke as it can adversely affect the air quality in the atmosphere. MPA will take stern action against offenders.

MPA would also like to draw the attention of ship masters and owners of craft in the port to Regulation 66 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations which states that: “No person may cause smoke, soot, ash or grit to be emitted from a vessel in such quantity or density as may, in the opinion of the Authority, be a nuisance.”

Failure to comply with the said regulation is an offence for which offenders can be prosecuted in Court. If convicted, offenders may be fined up to $5,000…

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

Source: Extract from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.5 of 2018 dated 22 May 2018

Port preparations for developing storm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Salalah, Oman

The Meteorological department has indicated a tropical storm developing in the Arabian Sea. The forecast presently shows the possibility of the storm passing very close to Salalah before making landfall (present estimate is the morning of 26 May).

We are monitoring its path and shall keep you updated but as a precautionary measure and for the safety of staff, customers, contractors and equipment please ensure that:

All non-essential equipment, vehicles, movable equipment, are secured.
All non-essential staff refrain from entering the port and essential staff are ready to move out at a short notice.
Vessels not required at berth for cargo operations must be ready to vacate berth.
(For information about operations in Salalah contact GAC Oman at shipping.salalah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Salalah notice dated 22 May 2018

Locks closure for maintenance works
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Kiel Canal, Germany

The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that one big new lock chamber at Brunsbuettel locks is closed, probably until the afternoon/evening of this Friday (25 May), due to maintenance works. During the closure period, only one big lock chamber (and both old locks) will be in operation.

Further, one big new lock chamber at Kiel-Holtenau locks will be closed for maintenance works between 09:00 and 15:00 hours local time on tomorrow (Thursday 24 May) as well as on Monday 28 May and Tuesday 29 May. During this time, only one big lock chamber will be in operation at Kiel.

So far, there are no significant waiting times at in the Canal.
(For information about operations in Germany, contact GAC Hub Agency Centre’s 24/7 Port on Demand Team at POD@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

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