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Siam Maspion Terminal, Indonesia


Shanghai, China

Fujairah, United Arab Emirates




Fujairah, United Arab Emirates


Kaarsto, Norway

New berthing dues
Monday, October 5, 2020, Siam Maspion Terminal, Indonesia

From 18 October, berth fees/berthing dues at Siam Maspion Terminal will collect be by Pt. Siam Maspion, as terminal/jetty owners, as below:

Berth dues/berthing fees (excluding VAT)
– Old tariff for foreign vessel: IDR 462 per GT per Etmal
– New tariff for foreign vessels: USD 0.112 per GR per Etmal

Prior to this change, the fees/dues were collected by the Port Authority (Pelindo Gresik branch).

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Pyrotechnics disposal on the South Mole
Monday, October 5, 2020, Gibraltar

Pyrotechnics disposal will take place at the Northern end of South Mole during the following times & dates:
– Between 08:00 and 10:00 on Tuesday 6 October 2020
– Between 08:00 and 10:00 on Wednesday 7 October 2020

All detonations will take place within a 200m safety radius.

The Safety Radius will be in place between 07:30 and 10:00, two RN Safety boats will be in attendance and in direct communication at all times on VHF Ch 8.

South Entrance to the Inner Harbour will be out of bounds during this period.

Gibraltar VTS can also be contacted on Channel 12 for information.

(For information about operations in Gibraltar, contact GAC Gibraltar at agency.gibraltar@gac.com)

Source: Gibraltar Port Authority (www.gibraltarport.com) Local Notice To Mariners No.022 of 2020 dated 2 October 2020

Foreign crew medical care & crew changes
Monday, October 5, 2020, Shanghai, China

On Saturday (3 October), the Shanghai Government has issued new regulations medical care and crew changes involving foreign crew members.

During coronavirus outbreaks, the treatment of crew injury or sickness onboard a ship in Shanghai waters area is put in the ship search & rescue system (MSA). If the crew member needs treatment onshore, the company should report to the MSA. Upon receipt of the rescue aid request, the nearest customs, immigration and health authorities will be involved.

If the crew’s condition is not life-threatening, in principle, the customs shall complete the inspection and sampling on the ship, and after the test results are issued the shipping company will transports them to the related medical hospital by isolation ambulance.

In case of life-threatening conditions requiring urgent medical treatment, customs may conduct investigation and sampling on the ship, and the shipping company shall immediately transfer the sick/injured crew member to the hospital designated by the health department for medical treatment by isolation ambulance. If the customs does not take samples on board in case of emergency, the health department may arrange for joint sampling and joint testing, and further treatment measures shall be taken according to the test results.

Remote health guidance may be given to crew members who can be treated onboard.

For signing on/off od sick or injured crew, the shipping company shall arrange the transfer vehicles in advance. In principle, the crew members should return to the ship in time after the completion of medical treatment. If the crew members cannot do so, for Chinese crew to go home, the local epidemic prevention and control department of the hospital with work with the transportation, economic information and agriculture & rural departments to implement 14 days’ quarantine.

For foreign crew to leave China, the shipping company should prepare a transferring exit plan and report to the immigration, customs, MSA and health departments and, according to the type of ship, report to the transportation, economic information and agriculture & rural departments. They should arrange transportation and flight to transfer the foreign crew directly from the hospital to the exit airport. If necessary to wait for transit flights, a closed isolated point will be arrange for them to await for the transfer flight. If it is truly difficult to arrange flight, and the time off ship is more than 14 days, if the nucleic acid test result is negative, the shipping company may arrange other suitable places for crew to rest and wait for the transfer flight.

In cases of
– confirmed case of pneumonia from a novel coronavirus
– suspected pneumonia from a novel coronavirus
– fever that may be infected with pneumonia from a novel coronavirus
– close contact of the confirmed patient
customs must test for all the ship’s crew. If necessary, the MSA and health, customs, immigration, information, communications and agriculture & rural departments will deal with the ship and its remaining crew members.

If the time since departure last foreign port is more than 14 days, with no crew change within 14 days before arriving in China, foreign crew that need to sign-off due to the expiration/termination of contract and for humanitarian reasons, shipping companies should make a crew change plan in advance. This should include crew list, nationality, passport number, rank, the ship name, health condition, protection measures, the time of sign off at this port, sign off crew destination, flight information, means of transportation, contacts and other basic information, and an emergency plan. Exit flights and transfer vehicles must be booked advance.

The crew change plan shall be submitted to the municipal leading Group office of Epidemic Situation, and the plan may be copied and submitted to the port authority at the same time. After approval, the shipping company should declare to the port authorities to deal with relevant formalities, guide the crew to strengthen personal protection, and check crew temperature at least twice daily. Signing-off crew should fill in a health record and sign to confirm it is true, signed by the master. The master’s health record should verified by chief officer or other officer.

The shipping company should report to the port authority the crew health information 48 hours before arrival. If there is any abnormal health information, the port authority should inform related departments in time, inform the pilot station and the port enterprise, and immediately report to the Maritime Department of the Ministry of Transportation.

Upon arrival at the port, customs will inspect the ship. If the ship condition is normal and the nucleic acid test is negative, customs will inform immigration, immigration will carry out ship entry and exit formalities. Signing-off foreign crew should go to international airport directly without stay in the city. Shipping companies to arrange car (not on public transportation) directly from the ship to the airport. The ship must wait at port or anchorage until the international flight departs.

If a ship has a tight schedule, with the approval of the Municipal Leading Group Office of Epidemic Prevention and Control, the vessel may leave the port after crew have disembarked, and the shipping company shall transfer the foreign sing-off crew to an isolation place to wait for the suitable international flight, according to the relevant requirements of the sick foreign crew. If the nucleic acid test report for foreign crew is required for inbound or outbound flights, the shipping company shall contact a qualified testing institution.

If foreign crew need to enter China and sign on the ship in Shanghai, the shipping company shall make above said plan in advance and submit application to the foreign affairs office of the municipal Government through the MUNICIPAL Communications Commission. If the conditions are met, an invitation letter will be issued for the foreign crew, Chinese embassy/consulate will issue visa for the sign-on crew.

The shipping company shall verify and confirm the crew is on good health condition in 14 days before crew join ship.

The company must urge the crew to take personal protection and check their body temperature at least twice a day. The crew should carefully fill in the health record and sign for the truth, the shipping company shall double check and stamp. After arriving on the flight to Shanghai and entry quarantine inspection is normal, the shipping company/agent will transfer the crew from the centralized isolation/test place to ship directly by closed vehicle (not public transportation).

For ships that need to stay at Shanghai for more than 14 days, if customs inspection is normal condition and crew nucleic acid test results are negative, the immigration department will carry out formalities and crew can be allowed to go shore for temporary rest.

For crew members from Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland, or foreign crew members holding exit and entry documents within the scope of the mutual visa exemption agreement with China, if the vessel departed the last foreign port more than 14 days previously with no crew changes within 14 days before arrival, with no abnormality in customs quarantine and nucleic acid test results are negative, the immigration department will carry out formalities for crew to on/off ship.

Crew can allow to go shore for temporary rest; the crew is limited to visit around inside the district where the ship is.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Shanghai, contact GAC China at shipping.shanghai@gac.com

Accepted P&I Clubs
Monday, October 5, 2020, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

All vessels calling at the port of Fujairah and Fujairah Offshore Anchorage, regardless of their vessel type, must hold all the insurance related certificates issued by one of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Please visit the below given link for the updated list of International Group of P&I Clubs: https://www.igpandi.org/group-clubs

(For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariner 287 dated 4 October 2020

Annex VI compliance
Monday, October 5, 2020, India

Adani Ports Mundra has issued additional guidelines for ships calling at Adani ports on compliance with Annex VI of MARPOL which prohibits the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship unless the vessel is equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS, otherwise known as a scrubber).

All ships calling at Adani port are advised to strictly comply with the guidelines in the Directorate General of Shipping Engineering Circular No.02 of 2019 dated 28 August 2019.

Further, with effect from 1 November 2020:

vessels fitted with hybrid type of scrubbers should switch over to closed loop mode of operations before entering port limit.
Ships fitted with closed loop can continue using the system and ensure that it is in good working order throughout stay of vessel in port.
Ships will not be permitted to use the open loop system at Adani ports. Ships having open loop type scrubber should change over to compliant fuel before entering the port.
If there is any failure of any of the permitted systems the guidelines and reporting as per the circular needs to be strictly followed.
Ships calling Adani ports would be required to submit certification for compliance with the above.
Ships may be subject to Port state control inspection for validation of necessary compliance.
For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com

New travel & testing protocols
Monday, October 5, 2020, Bahamas

The Government of The Bahamas has introduced new travel and testing protocols designed to eliminate the need to quarantine.

The new protocol requires visitors, returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than 7 days prior to their travel to The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result. In addition, to ensure that travelers remain COVID free, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon arrival, and then again four days (96 hours) after arrival in The Bahamas.

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travelers will then be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs where the required test must be uploaded.

(For information about operations in The Bahamas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Elnet Maritime – GAC agent

Marine soil investigation off Jurong Terminal
Monday, October 5, 2020, Singapore

From today (5 October) to 31 December, marine soil investigation works are being conducted t Jurong Terminal, Berth J9.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.065 of 2020 dated 2 October 2020, the works are being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
J9-M1) 1° 18.355’N / 103° 43.118’E
J9-M2) 1° 18.337’N / 103° 43.139’E
J9-M3) 1° 18.320’N / 103° 43.160’E
J9-M4) 1° 18.303’N / 103° 43.180’E

A jack-up barge and tug boat are being used to carry out the marine soil investigation work.

A safety boat are deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other vessels of the work.

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 25 (Pasir Panjang Control);
e) Communicate with Pasir Panjang Control for assistance, if required.

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

New crew requirements at terminal
Monday, October 5, 2020, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

ADCO Terminal has advised a new requirement for vessels calling at its Fujairah Terminal for loading Murban Crude, which have conducted crew changes within the past 21 days.

For crew that joined within 15-21 days, PCR tests results available at the time of joining can be submitted to the terminal.

Crew that joined within 14 days should be isolated on board. If any crew cannot be Isolated, they should carry a PCR Test at Fujairah Anchorage. Once the test result is available and submitted to terminal, they will initiate the berthing request.

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

Transit visa time reduced for on-signers
Monday, October 5, 2020, Turkey

Due to COVID-19 precautions, Turkey has revised the transit visa time to three days for on-signers entering the country.

Transit Visa Validity Times;
– 3 days for on-signers
– 3 days for off-signers

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

Increased tariff from January
Monday, October 5, 2020, Kaarsto, Norway

A revision of the tariff at the port of Kaarsto has been announced due to change in the market and trading pattern.

Port tariffs will increase from 5 January 2021, as follows:

BASIC FEE (all Inclusive):
LPG carriers Nok 35.00 per Nrt applicable as from 01/12 of 2020.
Tank / Product tankers Nok 21.50 per Nrt applicable as from 01/12 of 2020.

The services covered in the basic fees will be limited to what services a normal ship call require such as:
– Tugs arrival/departure.
– Mooring/linesmen arrival/departure.
– Garbage/waste.
– Transportation of Stores/Provisions by tug which is done in combination with the vessel’s arrival / departure.

For further details of the new tariff, including that for other services, as well as information about operations in Norway, contact GAC Norway at norway@gac.com

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