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Hot Port News from GAC

03-Sep-2020

JETTY REPAIR WORKS IN BANYAN BASIN
Singapore

PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF PCR TEST REQUIREMENT
South Korea

ISOLATION MEASURES EXTENDED
Buenos Aires, Argentina

SERVICING OF CAPE SIZE/BABY CAPE SIZE VESSELS
Paradip, India

OFF-SIGNING CREW
Malaysia

Jetty repair works in Banyan Basin
Thursday, September 3, 2020, Singapore

From 16 September to 17 October, jetty repair works will be carried out in Banyan Basin.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.056 of 2020 dated 2 September 2020, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 15·934’N / 103 deg. 41·117’E
2) 01 deg. 15·974’N / 103 deg. 41·071’E
3) 01 deg. 16·025’N / 103 deg. 41·121’E
4) 01 deg. 15·896’N / 103 deg. 41·263’E
5) 01 deg. 15·825’N / 103 deg. 41·182’E
6) 01 deg. 15·906’N / 103 deg. 41·094’E

Jetty repair works will be carried out by crane barges, which will be held in position by anchors marked by anchor buoys with flashing lights. During the operation, the crane barges will be attended by tug boats which will be used to shift the barges, when required to clear the work area. A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

Craft involved in the works will 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 to enter the work area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (Sinki Control);
and
e) Communicate with Sinki Control for assistance, if required.

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

Penalty for violation of PCR test requirement
Thursday, September 3, 2020, South Korea

From 8 September, vessels that violate South Korea’s PCR Test Submission requirement face a penalty of up to one year imprisonment or a fine not exceeding KRW 10,000,000.

This applies to vessels which fail to submit PCR test certification or provide invalid (issued over 48 hours ahead or by an unapproved facility) or forged/falsified certification. To avoid any penalties, vessels should have valid PCR test when coming to Korean port after sailing from/via high risk counties.

The South Korean government has added the below to the list of high risk countries: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Uzbekistan and Russia.

If a vessel has come from any of the high risk countries and had crew change there, a PCR “negative” result should be submitted for the on-signer who embarked at the listed country.

If a vessel has come from any of the high risk countries and had shore leaver, it should submit the PCR “negative” result for the crew member(s) who went ashore in the listed country.

A PCR “negative” certificate is valid and accepted by Korean government only if it was issued at an approved facility within 48 hours before departure the listed high risk countries.

PCR test results are not required if there was no crew change or shore leave in the listed high risk countries.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in South Korea, contact the GAC Singapore Hub Agency Centre at hub.sg@gac.com

Isolation measures extended
Thursday, September 3, 2020, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Compulsory isolation measures in Buenos Aires City and the surrounding districts of Gran Buenos Aires have been extended until 21 September.

The Argentine Government has closed all borders, so no foreigners and not even Argentine nationals can enter the country. Flights leaving Argentina are null, so no crew change can be affected.

No crew members may disembark from the country’s ports.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Argentina, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com

Servicing of Cape size/Baby Cape size vessels
Thursday, September 3, 2020, Paradip, India

Cape size vessels and Baby Cape size vessels of more than 13 metres draft will not be accepted for handling in the GCBs after 31.08.2020.

Acceptance of Baby Cape size vessels up to 260 metres LOA, 45 metres beam and 13.00 meters draft for berthing at EQ3 berth, duly following the extant berthing policy, subject to availability of berth.

Acceptance of Baby Cape size vessels up to 260 metres LOA, 45 metres beam and 12.50 meters draft for berthing at SQ / EQ3 berth, duly following the extant berthing policy, subject to availability of berth.

The above proposals [are] implemented with effect from 01.09.2020 until further notice.

(For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Paradip Port Authority Trade Circular dated 2 September 2020

Off-signing crew
Thursday, September 3, 2020, Malaysia

Vessels may not sail out of the ports of Labuan and Lumut until formalities for any off-signing crew are completed with the Immigration Department.

At the ports of Port Klang, Johor, Bintulu, Kuantan and Kemaman, vessels can sail out once signing-off crew disembark.

For further details and updates, contact GAC Malaysia at shipping.malaysia@gac.com

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