Hot Port News from GAC
REDUCTION IN PILOTAGE & BERTH HIRE
TEMPORARY CANCELLATION OF CREW CHANGES
CREW CHANGES NOT PERMITTED
CREW CHANGES NOT POSSIBLE
Ras Laffan, Qatar
TRIMMING OF UNDERWATER HIGH SPOTS SOUTH OF SHEK KWU CHAU
Reduction in pilotage & berth hire
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Tuticorin, India
A 10% reduction on pilotage & berth hire has been announced for vessels with GRT up to 20,000 at the port of Tuticorin.
The new rates are effective retrospectively from 1 January 2020.
For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at email@example.com
Temporary cancellation of crew changes
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Mozambique
Crew changes in Mozambique have been temporarily cancelled due to the unavailability of international flights and the cancellation of visas to enter the country.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Mozambique, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crew changes not permitted
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Iraq
Crew changes are not permitted at Iraqi ports and terminals until further notice. Immigration has suspended all types of visa processing.
Port operations are normal without any hindrance. GAC staff handling vessel operations have required permission.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Iraq, contact GAC Iraq at email@example.com
Crew changes not possible
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Ras Laffan, Qatar
Due to the current COVID 19 situation, crew changes are not possible at the port of Ras Laffan until further notice.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Qatar, contact GAC Qatar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trimming of underwater high spots south of Shek Kwu Chau
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Hong Kong
For approximately one month, trimming operations for underwater high spots will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 09.271’N / 113 deg. 58.125’E
(B) 22 deg. 09.271’N / 113 deg. 58.358’E
(C) 22 deg. 09.054’N / 113 deg. 58.358’E
(D) 22 deg. 09.054’N / 113 deg. 58.125’E
The works will be carried out by one grab dredger and one spilt hopper barge. One tugboat will provide assistance.
A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the dredger and barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger and barge.
A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established beside the dredger. Yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.
The hours of work will be round-the-clock.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, bearing in mind the changing depths in the works area.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at email@example.com)
Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.70/2020 dated 25 May 2020