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Hot Port News from GAC

24-Dec-2020

TRANSPORT OF SAND MATERIAL
Singapore

UPDATED PORT RESTRICTIONS
Australia

OPENING HOURS OF CENTRAL MARINE OFFICE
Hong Kong

CLOSURE OF MA TAU KOK PUBLIC PIER
Hong Kong

GOTHENBURG AN UNEXPECTED CRUISE LEADER
Gothenburg, Sweden

INCREASE IN CUSTOMS FEES
Marsa El Hamra, Egypt

NEW BERTHING POLICY AND TARIFF STRUCTURE
Adani Hazira Port, India

BRAZIL ANNOUNCES TRAVEL BAN ON FLIGHTS FROM UK
Brazil

INDIA ANNOUNCES TRAVEL BAN ON FLIGHTS FROM UK
India

Transport of sand material
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Singapore

The working period for the transport of sand material off the Very Large Crude Carrier Anchorage (AVLCC) has been extended. The work is now being conducted through to 25 June 2021.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.098 of 2020, the work is being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01˚ 13.296’N / 103˚ 37.359’E
2) 01˚ 13.296’N / 103˚ 37.902’E
3) 01˚ 13.296’N / 103˚ 38.476’E
4) 01˚ 12.809’N / 103˚ 38.717’E
5) 01˚ 12.673’N / 103˚ 38.522’E
6) 01˚ 12.973’N / 103˚ 37.359’E

The work involves transporting and dumping of sand material by self-discharge sand carrier and trailer suction hopper dredgers to the working area.

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

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 of the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;|
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
e) Communicate with Jurong Control for assistance, if required.

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

Updated port restrictions
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Australia

Updated restrictions will come into effect at various Australian ports from January 2021:

Alumina
Cement
Coal & Iron Ore
Fertilizer
General Cargo
Grain
Mineral Sands
Oil & Gas
Sugar
Woodchip
Tanker
LNG
For details on the updated restrictions and information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Opening Hours of Central Marine Office
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Hong Kong

The Central Marine Office (“CMO”), located at 3/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong, will open from 0900 hours to 1100 hours on 1 January 2021 (Friday) for processing arrival and port clearance of all vessels.

For enquiries, please call the Officer-in-charge of CMO at 2852 3082.

(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.183/2020

Closure of Ma Tau Kok Public Pier
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Hong Kong

With effect from 28 December 2020, Ma Tau Kok Public Pier will be closed for subsequent demolition. To maintain pier service in the area, two sets of new landing steps in the vicinity will be opened on the same date.

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.186/2020

Gothenburg an unexpected cruise leader
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden

The cruise year 2020 did not turn out quite as intended anywhere in the world. Prior to the year, Gothenburg was in an upward trend as a cruise destination with a record number of calls and passengers booked. But then came the corona pandemic and ravaged the season. But when the year is summed up, the port of Gothenburg is a stand-out cruise port after all – for reasons other than what was originally intended.

Already in February, the Port of Gothenburg introduced special directives, including requirement all calling vessels to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health before arrival. All due to the corona pandemic, which at that time had not yet reached Sweden. It took until September 4 before the first cruise call reached Gothenburg …

…During the decimated season that followed, ten more cruise ships called at the Port of Gothenburg. In total, the port ended up with 11 calls instead of the more than 80 that were planned. But 11 calls were enough to place Gothenburg higher than normal on the global list of cruise ports in 2020…

…Although the booking situation looks relatively good in the current situation for the Port of Gothenburg, the cruise season 2021 is still an uncertain story, both in Gothenburg and globally…

(For information about operations in Sweden, contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) press release dated 22 December 2020

Increase in Customs fees
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Marsa El Hamra, Egypt

Western Desert Operating Pet. Co (WEPCO) has advised that the Customs fees tariff at Marsa El Hamra will increase in January 2021, as follows:

  • USD 11,000 instead of USD 10,090
  • EGP 1,750 instead EGP 1,500.00

For information about operations in Egypt, contact GAC Egypt at egypt@gac.com

New berthing policy and tariff structure
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Adani Hazira Port, India

Adani Hazira Port (P) Ltd. has issued a new berthing policy and tariff structure, which will come into effect from 01 January 2021.

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

Brazil announces travel ban on flights from UK
Thursday, December 24, 2020, Brazil

Brazilian authorities have announced a temporary travel ban on all flights from the UK. The restriction also applies to passengers who have been in the UK in the last fourteen days.

The move follows the publication of new arrivals procedures published earlier this month that will take effect from 30 December. Under the new legislation, all arriving passengers – Brazilian or foreign – must present the following documentation to the airline before boarding:

Proof of negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to boarding time
Health Declaration (printed or digital) confirming agreement with the sanitary measures that must be complied with while in the country.
Non-compliance with the new procedures may result in entry to Brazil being denied.

For information about operations in Brazil. Contact GAC Brazil at brazil@gac.com

India announces travel ban on flights from UK
Thursday, December 24, 2020, India

In response to the threat posed by the new variant SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Indian Government has temporarily banned entry of international passengers arriving from the UK. Addendum 5 to DGS Order No. 4 dated 20 March 2020 refers.

A revised Standard Operating Procedure for Epidemiological Surveillance and Response has been issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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

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