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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Ras Laffan, Qatar

Kiel Canal, Germany

Dhamra, India

Port dues to be implemented
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

From 1 November, port dues (oil tax) will be implemented for all Takreer products loading from ADNOC Refining Terminals.

For information about operations in Abu Dhabi, contact GAC Abu Dhabi at abudhabi@gac.com

Installation of floating sea barrier
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Singapore

The working period for the installation of a floating sea barrier at Selat Sengkir has been extended. The work will now be conducted from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.076 of 2020, the work will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°15·415’N / 103°50·443’E
2) 01°15·240’N / 103°50·508’E
3) 01°15·263’N / 103°50·307’E
4) 01°15·209’N / 103°50·233’E
5) 01°15·291’N / 103°50·193’E

Installation of floating sea barrier will be carried out using crane and work barges. These barges will be assisted by tugs.

Safety boats 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 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 18 (Keppel Control);
e) Communicate with Keppel Control on VHF Channel 18 for assistance, if required.

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

Cargo storage and deck cargo manifest for Offshore Supply Vessels
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Ras Laffan, Qatar

From 1 November 2020, all Offshore Supply Vessels calling Ras Laffan Port shall submit a draft copy of cargo manifest before loading or backloading any cargo at Laffan Offshore Terminal (LOT).

The deck cargo manifest should clearly identify the cargo to be shipped, details of the contents, the destination, general dimensions, identification numbers, any dangerous goods and the verified mass. If any changes are made to the draft cargo manifest, the vessel Master/Shipping Agent/End User Representative shall provide a revised cargo manifest for review and acknowledgement by LOT supervisor.

All vessels should not proceed/depart Laffan Offshore Terminal without a final cargo manifest of loading/backloaded cargo.

All cargo manifests of loading/backloaded cargo must be submitted to the Ras Laffan Logistics team via email ricosv@qp.com.qa at least 12 hours prior arrival.

(For information about operations in Qatar, contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com)

Source: Qatar Petroleum Notice No.VU/R/IP(L).20/111/0118

Repairs and maintenance works
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Kiel Canal, Germany

Due to repairs and maintenance work underway in the big south chamber at Brunsbüttel for up to 14 days, waiting times are up to 6 hours at Brunsbüttel, and up to 4 hours at Kiel-Holtenau.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

Cessation of Force Majeure Event
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Dhamra, India

Through notice dated 24 March 2020, owing to Covid-19 pandemic, the Dhamra Port Company Limited had notified a Force Majeure Event and stated that the port was not responsible for any claims, damages, charges, etc. whatsoever arising out of/or connected to the above Force Majeure Event, either directly or indirectly, which without any limitation would include vessel demurrages.

However, now in light of the various unlock guidelines issues by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as well as by the respective State Government, as well as keeping in mind the fact that port services are categorized as “Essential Services”, we therefore in the interest to protect and secure the supply chain of the industries, inform the cessation of Force Majeure Event.

Although the impact of the said Force Majeure Event continues and we are contemplating the extent of its impact, we endeavor to normalize the port services as soon as possible and practicable.

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

Source: Adani Ports and Logistics Notice, for the Dhamra Port Company Limited, dated 27 October 2020

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