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Suez Canal, Egypt

Straits of Hormuz

Overstay penalty costs increased
Monday, July 22, 2019, Indonesia

Overstay penalty costs in Indonesia have been increased. Foreigners who exceed the stay permitted by their visa (maximum of 60 days) must pay a penalty of Rp.1,000,000/day (equivalent to USD 74) for each day after the expiry of their visa.

For information about operations at Indonesian ports, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Submarine outfall inspection works at Hung Hom Fairway
Monday, July 22, 2019, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 weeks, submarine outfall inspection works 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. 17.954’N / 114 deg. 12.351’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.946’N / 114 deg. 12.383’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.755’N / 114 deg. 12.328’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.762’N / 114 deg. 12.296’E

The works will be carried out by one work boat and one survey vessel. One guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the works area.

(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.120 of 2019

Reduction of light dues
Monday, July 22, 2019, Suez Canal, Egypt

The Egyptian Government has issued a new decree concerning reduction of Light dues/others:

For the Suez Canal
– Vessel passed Suez Canal: 25% deduction on sum of Suez/PSD Light Dues. Paid once in Suez Port.
– Annual increase of 5% will be suspended for 3 years starting from 8 September 2019.
– Decree 468/2018 which stated the deduction of 50% from the Ministry fees for yachts is cancelled.

For Port Calls
Vessel passed Suez Canal and calling Egyptian ports
– entering one Egyptian port: 10% deduction on port call light dues
– entering two or more Egyptian port: 20% deduction on port call light dues

For information about operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

Vessels urged to take safety measures
Monday, July 22, 2019, Straits of Hormuz

The incidents against tankers transiting Straits of Hormuz on Friday 19 July have been widely reported. To ensure the safety of all vessels and allow navies to afford best protection to global trade it is vital:

Masters register with UKMTO [UK Maritime Trade Organisation] when entering the Indian Ocean VRA.
Comply with Flag State Guidance.
24-48 hrs in advance – Masters provide transit plans for the SoH [Straits of Hormuz] and AG [Arabian Gulf] to UKMTO including:
– Time of Entering/Exiting the SoH TSS.
– Outline of Navigation Plan whilst operating in SoH and AG.
– Any constraints or speed restrictions.
– Crew Nationality.
CSOs ensure all contact numbers for UKMTO and USNAVCENT NCAGS are correct.
In the event of any incident or being concerned, Masters should call UKMTO immediately.
Masters answer all VHF calls from coalition navies. Ch16 is becoming very busy, alternative channels will be offered.
CSOs and Masters prepare, print and have available the correct response if called on VHF.
UKMTO will share information with the navies joining Operation Sentinel, and questions regarding information sharing can be directed to UKMTO. Navies are operating in the SoH and to offer best protection they need to be aware of all vessel movements and intentions.

(For information about operations in the Middle East, contact the respective GAC office in the region. Details may be found in the GAC WORLDWIDE section of www.gac.com)

Source: Extract from UKMTO Weekly Report 14-20 July 2019

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