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22-Sep-2020

SUBMARINE OUTFALL INSPECTION WORKS OFF KAU SAN TEI, TAI O
Hong Kong

REQUIRED NUMBER OF TUGBOAT ASSISTANCE
Subic Bay, Philippines

PORTS CLOSED FOR TROPICAL STORM BETA
Gulf Coast, United States

FURTHER ENHANCEMENTS TO CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS
Singapore

DREDGING AT OIL JETTY
Kandla, India

NEW SCALE OF RATES
Pipavav, India

Submarine outfall inspection works off Kau San Tei, Tai O
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 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 (F):
(A) 22 deg. 15.792’N / 113 deg. 51.483’E
(B) 22 deg. 15.704’N / 113 deg. 51.584’E
(C) 22 deg. 15.680’N / 113 deg. 51.597’E
(D) 22 deg. 15.669’N / 113 deg. 51.558’E
(E) 22 deg. 15.675’N / 113 deg. 51.558’E
(F) 22 deg. 15.765’N / 113 deg. 51.454’E

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

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the work boat.

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.135/2020

Required number of tugboat assistance
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Subic Bay, Philippines

With recent incidents at the New Container Terminals involving vessels utilizing only one tugboat assistance together with their vessel’s bow thrusters, the Seaport Department is hereby suspending the option to use one less tugboat for vessels with functional bow thrusters for safety purposes.

Effective immediately, the Seaport Department will strictly implement the required number of tugboat assistance with respect to the vessel’s Gross Tonnage, regardless of its bow thrusters or stem thrusters.

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 500-3,000
– No of tugboats: 1
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 1 x 2,000 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 3,001-7,000
– No of tugboats: 2
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 2 x 2,000 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 7,001-12,000
– No of tugboats: 2
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 1 x 2,000 bhp & 1 x 2,400 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 12,001-20,000
– No of tugboats: 2
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 2 x 2,400 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 20,001-30,000
– No of tugboats: 2
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 1 x 2,400 bhp & 1 x 3,000 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 30,001-50,000
– No of tugboats: 3
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 2 x 2,400 bhp & 1 x 3,000 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 50,001-70,000
– No of tugboats: 3
– Break Horsepower (bhp) of tugboats: 3 x 3,000 bhp

GROSS TONNAGE OF SHIP: 70,001 and above
Most appropriate number of tugboats and required bhp that commensurate with the GRT and LOA of the ship

(For information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com)

Source: Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority notice to ship agents dated 10 September 2020

Ports closed for Tropical Storm Beta
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Gulf Coast, United States

Texas ports and Lake Charles in Louisiana have been closed and had their port status changed to ZULU, due to Tropical Storm Beta.

Beta is forecast to continue west-northwestwards and then northeastwards later this week, bringing the potential for tropical storm force winds and heavy rain.

For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com

Further enhancements to crew change for cargo ships
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will continue to consider the following circumstances for crew change applications:
(a) crew whose employment contract has expired;
(b) additional crew on board whose sign-off would not affect the safe manning of the ship;
(c) change of crew due to the sale or purchase of ship;
(d) personnel who are not part of the ship’s crew such as superintendents and service engineers;
(e) compassionate grounds e.g. death of family member;
or
(f) the crew is no longer medically fit to work onboard the ship.

MPA has reviewed and revised the requirements for crew change as follows:

SIGN-ON

a) In general, all signing-on crew are required to serve 14-day Stay-HomeNotice (SHN) in the crew’s originating country/region. The crew should be properly isolated (individual room with dedicated toilet) with strictly no interaction with others (including family members) at his/her place of residence, or serve the SHN in a dedicated facility/hotel.

b) Crew from specific low risk countries/regions will either no longer be required to serve the SHN or serve a shorter SHN of 7 days in his/her originating country/region prior to departure for Singapore. Please refer to MOH’s website (https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19) for the latest list of low risk countries/regions.

c) The crew must have a negative result from a COVID-19 test (polymerase chain reaction (PCR) type) taken at a government-approved or ISO 15189-accredited testing facility not more than 72 hours prior to departure for Singapore.

d) The crew must be certified fit-to-travel by a doctor at his/her originating country not more than 24 hours prior to departure for Singapore.

e) During the entire crew change process, especially during the journey to join the ship in Singapore, the crew should not be in a group of more than five (5) persons, and must remain in the same group. There must be no interactions between groups.

f) The crew should only arrive Singapore to join his/her ship not more than two (2) days before the ship’s departure from Singapore.

g) Crew who have recovered from COVID-19 must submit documentary proof of his/her past diagnosis of COVID-19 based on the earliest positive PCR test result. The guidelines are as follows:
i. If the date of the positive PCR test result is 21 days or fewer before the date of arrival in Singapore, he/she will not be approved for crew change.
ii. If the date of the positive PCR test result is between 22 to 90 days before the date of arrival in Singapore, the recovered crew need not serve the SHN at his/her originating country/region and take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore.
iii. If the date of the positive PCR test result is between 91 to 180 days before the date of arrival in Singapore, he/she must serve a 14-day SHN at his/her originating country/region. The recovered crew need not take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore, but if he/she develops symptoms during the SHN period, he/she must be tested for COVID-19.
iv. If the positive PCR test result is more than 180 days before the date of arrival in Singapore, he/she must serve a 14-day SHN at his/her originating country and take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore.

SIGN-OFF

a) The crew must not have gone ashore in the last 14 days before disembarking the ship and has remained well throughout that period.

b) The crew must be certified fit-to-travel by a doctor in Singapore not more than 24 hours before disembarking the ship.

c) MPA will facilitate pre-departure COVID-19 PCR testing for sign-off crew in Singapore in accordance with the prevailing national policy. Please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pre-departure-test for more information. Ship owners/managers/agents will bear the cost of the COVID-19 tests of their crew, where applicable.

STAY AT HOLDING FACILITIES
Sign-on and sign-off crew may stay at designated holding facilities for up to 72 hours…

GENERAL
Ship owners/managers/agents must apply for crew change in Singapore by filling up the online form at www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-ofsingapore/operations/crew-change…

MPA urges ship owners/managers/agents to submit applications at least 14 days before the planned crew change, especially if the application includes sign-on crew. For foreign-flagged ships, crew change will be considered if the ship meets all prevailing requirements, and are in Singapore for cargo operations, bunkering and/or other marine services.

For crew changes to take place safely, MPA continues to expect all owners, agents, ships and individuals to ensure that the COVID-19 preventive measures are followed strictly. Any breach will be taken seriously.

Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to crew_change@mpa.gov.sg

(For information about operation in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.38 of 2020 dated 22 September 2020

Dredging at oil jetty
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Kandla, India

Oil Jetty I (OJ-I) at Deendayal Port, Kandla has been taken for dredging from today (22 September) to 27 September.

No vessels to be accepted at the jetty during this period.

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

New Scale of Rates
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Pipavav, India

Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited has published a new Scale of Rates which will come into effect from 1 October 2020.

For details of the new rates, as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com

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