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Hot Port News from GAC

08-Jul-2020

PLAN TO REOPEN TO FOREIGN TOURISTS
Bali, Indonesia

PROCEDURE FOR CREW CHANGES AT DUBAI PORTS
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ARRIVAL OF CREW
Hong Kong

PLANNED STRIKES & WORK STOPPAGES
France

INCREASE OF THE MAXIMUM AUTHORIZED DRAFT FOR NEOPANAMAX VESSELS
Panama Canal, Panama

CREW CHANGES POSSIBLE
Poland

LNG PORT CHARGES ADJUSTED
Yung An, Taiwan

QUARANTINE ANCHORAGE SERVICES
Tema, Ghana

Plan to reopen to foreign tourists
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Bali, Indonesia

Bali plans to reopen tourism for foreign tourists in September, in the third stage of the New Era of Life Order. The three stages are:

STAGE 1:
Carry out activities in a limited and selective manner only for the local sphere of the Balinese people starting 9 July. For this first stage, sectors such as health, Government offices, Customs and religion, finance, industry, trade, logistics, transportation, cooperatives, MSMEs, traditional markets will resume. Then the modern markets, restaurants and stalls, agriculture, plantations, marine/fisheries, and livestock, and the service and construction sector. For tourism, it is opened only to local Balinese tourists from 9 July.

STAGE 2:
Carrying out activities more broadly, including the tourism sector limited to domestic tourists. This stage will start on 31 July.

STAGE 3:
Activities in a wider tourism sector, including for foreign tourists, starting on 11 September.

For more details and updates, as well as information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Procedure for crew changes at Dubai ports
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Standard operating procedure for crew changes at Dubai ports and anchorages have been issued, as follows:

DUBAI ANCHORAGE:
For crew SIGN OFF should have flight ticket along with visa.
For crew SIGN ON should have COVID-19 test report along with flight ticket.

PORT RASHID:
For crew SIGN OFF crew should have COVID-19 test report along with flight ticket.
For crew SIGN ON crew should have COVID-19 test report and immigration will only conduct the EXIT 96 hours prior vessel sailing.

DUBAI MARITIME CITY (DMC):
For all the crew sign ON/OFF visa needs to be taken from DMC itself, if vessel is staying more than 14 days.
For crew SIGN OFF (seaman visa within 14 days) should have COVID-19 test report along with flight ticket.
For crew SIGN ON (seaman visa within 14 days) should have COVID-19 test report and immigration will only conduct the EXIT 96 hours prior vessel sailing.

DUBAI DRYDOCKS WORLD (DDD):
For all the crew sign ON/OFF visa needs to be taken from DDD itself, if vessel is staying more than 14 days.
For crew SIGN OFF (seaman visa within 14 days) should have COVID-19 test report along with flight ticket.
For crew SIGN ON (seaman visa within 14 days) should have COVID-19 test report and immigration will only conduct the EXIT 96 hours prior vessel sailing.

JEBEL ALI:
For crew SIGN OFF should have flight ticket along with visa.
For crew SIGN ON should have COVID-19 test report along with flight ticket.

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

Arrival of crew
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Hong Kong

As some recent cases of COVID-19 involved persons exempted from compulsory quarantine, from today (8 July), members of air and vessel crew entering Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing at the DH Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

They will also be subject to 14-day medical surveillance upon arrival.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com

Planned strikes & work stoppages
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, France

There will be a 24-hour strike by crane drivers at the ports of Bayonne, Rouen and Sete tomorrow (Thursday, 9 July).

At other French ports, a three-hour strike has been announced for shore gangways rigging at Montoir, Donges and Saint Nazaire locks from 1200 to 1500 hours. There will also be a three-hour work stoppage (1200-1500) at La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Marseille. At Fos, there will be a one-hour strike at the end of each of the three daily shifts.

(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

Increase of the maximum authorized draft for Neopanamax vessels
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Panama Canal, Panama

Based on present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the upcoming weeks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that, effective July 8, 2020, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 14.33 m (47.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

Vessels arriving with drafts over 14.33 m (47.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.

The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner.

(For information about operations in Panama, contact GAC Panama at operations.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory To Shipping No.A-25-2020 dated 7 July 2020

Crew changes possible
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Poland

Crew changes are now possible at Polish ports, with visas available for off-signers requiring a process time of up to two days.

Face masks must be worn inside all indoor public places, such as shops.

The latest information about COVID-19 preventive measures are given in the Polish Government’s dedicated resource at https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus. Instructions given in the EU’s Healthy Gateways page at https://www.healthygateways.eu/Novel-coronavirus should also be followed.

For further details related to crew changes or port operations in Poland, contact GAC Poland at poland@gac.com

LNG port charges adjusted
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Yung An, Taiwan

The CPC Yung An LNG Plant has announced that port charges for LNG vessels will be adjusted from this Friday (10 July).

The adjustment project fee is the towage. It will be increased from TWD 2,722,293.00 to TWD 3,850,813.00

For further details of the charges, or information about operations in Taiwan, contact GAC Taiwan at shipping.taiwan@gac.com

Quarantine anchorage services
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Tema, Ghana

The Port Health Office in Tema has advised that agents of vessels at anchorage or calling at offshore terminals who need the services of Port Health beyond the shore berthing point should apply and ensure to provide a launch boat for inspection which should not be beyond 2 Nautical Miles from the breakwaters.

They should also pay for all risk allowances of $400.00 or its cedi equivalent for the services of the deployed staff.

All payments should be made to the Port Health office in cash.

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

Source: OMA Ghana – GAC agent

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