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Strikes announced
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, France

The National Federation Ports & Docks CGT has filed a strike notice of 24 hours for Friday 9 July, following the liquidation of the structure employing dockers at the port of St-Malo.

A strike has been announced for gangways rigging at the ports of Montoir, Saint Nazaire, Nantes and Donges from 0500 hours on Thursday 9 July and 0500 hours on Friday 10 July. As a result, it will be impossible to install/remove shore gangways in Donges & Montoir terminal. Locks will be unavailable in Saint-Nazaire from 09/07 0000LT till 10/07 0000LT. There will be no impact on the LNG terminal

A 24-hours strike by crane drivers has also been called at the port of Bayonne on Thursday, 9 July.

There is also believed to be a strike on the same day at Bordeaux, though no official notice has been received yet.

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

Source: SEA-Invest Agency, France – GAC agent

Marine works at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 13 months, marine works involving seawall modification and culvert installation will be carried out in the following works areas:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.229’N / 114 deg. 16.158’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.249’N / 114 deg. 16.107’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.300’N / 114 deg. 16.139’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.280’N / 114 deg. 16.190’E

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(E) 22 deg. 17.132’N / 114 deg. 16.097’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.152’N / 114 deg. 16.046’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.199’N / 114 deg. 16.076’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.179’N / 114 deg. 16.127’E

The works will be carried out by one crane barge, one derrick barge and one dry cargo ship. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each barge 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.

Silt curtains fitted with yellow flashing lights will be established within the works areas. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works areas 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.96/2020

Marine soil investigation works at western coast of Tuas View Extension
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Singapore

From 6 July 2020 to 5 January 2021, marine soil investigation works are being conducted at the western coast of Tuas View Extension.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.044 of 2020 dated 6 July 2020, the works are being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
TBH-2) 01 deg. 17·175’N / 103 deg. 37·117’E
TBH-3) 01 deg. 17·112’N / 103 deg. 37·010’E
TBH-4) 01 deg. 16·967’N / 103 deg. 37·058’E
TBH-5) 01 deg. 16·837’N / 103 deg. 37·022’E
TBH-6) 01 deg. 16·750’N / 103 deg. 36·907’E

A jack-up barge is being used to carry out the soil investigation work. Movement of the jack-up barge Is assisted by tugs and carried out during daylight hours only. The jack-up barge is held in place by steel legs anchored into the seabed.

A safety boat is deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the works.

Craft involved in the works exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control for assistance, if required.

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

Berth Utility Charge increase
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Port Kembla, Australia

The Berth Utility Charge at Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) has increased from $350 to $800 with effect from 1 July 2020.

This charge is per vessel and is the first PKCT increase since 2012.

The Berth Utility Charge covers lighting on the wharf and cost of fresh water supply to vessels.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Traffic suspended as fire-fighting operation continues
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Dardanelles, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Dardanelles was suspended in the early hours of this morning (7 July) as efforts to bring a large forest fire under control continued. The fire fighting efforts include the use of plane/helicopter in the Strait. Southbound vessel traffic was due to be resumed at midday/early afternoon.

The authorities may consider suspending vessel traffic again tomorrow morning (8 July), if the use of the plane and helicopters is still needed in the fire fighting operation.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Crew change update
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, South Korea

All off-signers and crew taking shore leave must take a COVID-19 test and wait onboard the vessels for the result. It takes about one day to get results.

Once a negative COVID-19 is received, quarantine certificate will be issued and special quarantine inspection and immigration clearance will commence for off-signers. Shore leave is allowed for emergency cases only.

14-days quarantine at Korean government assigned facilities is required for off-signers after they finish quarantine inspection and immigration. The quarantine facility fee (including meals) is about KRW100,000~120,000 per day so total for 14 days will be about KRW1.400,000~1.680,000 (about USD1400). This fee should be paid when checking in by crew or ship’s owner.

Charges incurred, such as launch boat, hotel (quarantine facility) and transportation charge, will be for owners account. The COVID-19 test fee is covered by Korean government.

For vessels, the Quarantine Officer will arrange onboard inspection after the vessel’s arrival in port at anchorage or berth. Onboard quarantine inspection had been applied to vessels coming from China/Russia and some other COVID-19 contaminated countries but is now being applied to almost all countries.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in South Korea, contact GAC-Unipros Korea at gac-unipros.korea@gac.com

New procedure for crew changes
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Bahrain

Crew may join vessels in Bahrain after 10 days self-isolation and based on a final negative COVID-19 test result.

Off-signing crew must have a Visa (eVisa) arranged in advance. Based on their eVisa, crew may disembark and go for COVID-19 test and must remain in a hotel for 10 day isolation before they are allowed to travel. Standard immigration approval is required based on submitting letters to immigration in advance. Off signing crew are not allowed to return to ship after going for the COVID-19 test.

The above procedure for crew changes is applicable from 6 July.

The immigration authorities frequently change the procedure depending on prevailing conditions. Currently, vessels are not permitted to clear inward formalities at anchorage.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Bahrain, contact GAC Bahrain at bahrain@gac.com

Crew changes resume at anchorage
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates

Crew changes have resumed for vessels calling at Khorfakkan anchorage in the UAE.

According to verbal advice received, which may be subject to change without prior notice, the new procedure is as follows:

Arabic letter issued by the Agent addressed to Khorfakkan Immigration stating reasons for crew sign on/off along with below details.
– Vessel details
– Vessel ETA
– Crew information
– Flight information
– Crew Passport copy and Seaman Book.
– Confirmed flight ticket to his home country (Off Signers)
– Health Declaration of the crew member by Master of Vessel (Off Signers)

Arabic letter issued by the Agent will be submitted to Covid-19 committee by Khorfakkan Immigration Department for approval.
Note: Approval may take approximately 8-10 days.

Upon approval, Immigration Department will open online system for 96 hours visa for on/off signers.

Agent to apply 96 hours visa for the on/off crew.

Agent to get Port endorsement from port authorities.

Upon issuance of Visa, crew member can embark/disembark the vessel.
Note: Off Signers must have a confirmed flight ticket.

All crew members entering the UAE are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival at Dubai Airport (taken within 96 hours before arrival at Dubai).
All positive COVID-19 cases will be quarantined for 14 days, with travelers bearing the costs of treatment and isolation.

Upon Visa approval and confirmation of flight, crew may depart to Dubai, adhering to their own respective country rules and regulations.

Immigration authorities will scan the passport and crew member will be submitted to a physical inspection at the port office.

Thereafter, the crew member will be taken directly to airport, escorted by Police.
Note: Crew member not allowed to stay in hotels.

Crew member will be screened by Health Authority officials prior taking to Airport Immigration and undergo a Covid-19 Rapid test at the Airport.
For further details and updates, or information about operations in Khorfakkan, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com

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