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29-Dec-2020

COVID-19 UPDATE
France

PCR TEST REQUIREMENT UPDATE
Turkey

INSTALLATION OF MOORING DOLPHINS
Singapore

INNER SANDHEADS ANCHORAGE POINTS
Kolkata

PORT DUES RISE SUSPENDED
Basra Oil Terminal, Iraq

COVID-19 UPDATE: OMAN
Oman

COVID-19 UPDATE: INDONESIA
Indonesia

COVID-19 UPDATE: PHILIPPINES
Philippines

COVID-19 UPDATE: TURKEY
Turkey

HALDIA: HOJ-I MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN
Haldia Oil Jetty, India

COVID-19 update
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, France

At most French ports, crew arriving from UK for crew change must have a negative PCR test result of less than 72 hours.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in France, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: SEA-Invest Shipping Agency – GAC agent

PCR test requirement update
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Turkey

With effect from 30 December 2020, all international passengers arriving Turkey via air travel will have to present a negative PCR test result conducted within the last 72 hours. This procedure will be effective until 1 March 2021 and applies to all transfers and transits and passengers from 6 years old. Passengers who do not submit a negative PCR test result will not admitted to the flight.

In addition, passengers who had been in the United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa in the last 10 days and will fly to Turkey should present a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours before the flight time. Upon entering Turkey, passengers should declare their residency address and stay in quarantine for 7 days.

For information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Installation of mooring dolphins
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Singapore

With effect from 28 Dec 2020 to 31 Mar 2021, the installation of mooring dolphins will be carried out at Marina Bay Cruise Centre, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates:

1° 15.816’N / 103° 51.657’E
1° 15.895’N / 103° 51.760’E
1° 15.830’N / 103° 51.814’E
1° 15.750’N / 103° 51.704’E
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.099 of 2020, works will be conducted 24 hours daily, including Sundays and public holidays.

Crafts involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals. The installation works will be carried out by the piling and crane barge whilst the materials will be transported to the working area by tug and barge. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the works.

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 12 (East Control); and

e) Communicate with East Control for assistance, if required.

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

Inner Sandheads Anchorage points
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Kolkata

According to a trade circular from Kolkata Port Trust, three new Anchorage points have been created to handle large vessels with no requirements for pilotage. The three points are 24 nautical miles north of Sandheads and 18 nautical miles below the present Point ‘X’ Anchorage.

These Anchorages, namely NX1, NX2 and NX3 and collectively called ‘Inner Sandheads Anchorages’, have drafts of 9.5m, 10m and 10.5m respectively and do not have vessel dimensional (length or beam) constraints. These Anchorages are to be exclusively used for midstream cargo lighterage and topping up of large Bulk carriers such as Capesize, Baby Capes and Panamax vessels, and are not for waiting vessels.

The new Anchorages NX1, NX2 and NX3 lies East of Eastern Channel and are sufficiently well clear of the entrance channel, leaving clear passage for inbound and outbound vessels at the following coordinates:

NX1: 21° 18’15” N / 088°13’45” E

NX2: 21° 16’45” N / 088°14’00” E

NX3: 21° 15’30” N / 088°14’00” E

The charges at the new Anchorages at Inner Sandheads are as follow:

For new Anchorages NX1, NX2 and NX3, the Port dues are at par with that levied at Point X.
For calling vessels at point NX1, NX2 and NX3, a rebate of 60% of the rates stated under Section 24.1 in the SOR, against towage and Pilotage, are applicable.
For Pilotage from NX1, NX2 and NX3 (Inner Sandheads) to Point ‘X’ or Sagar Anchorages, the vessel pilotage and towage charges shall be 50% of what is levied from Sandheads to Point ‘X’. This translates to 80% discount of Section 24.1 of SOR.
For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com

Port dues rise suspended
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Basra Oil Terminal, Iraq

Further to the 22 December announcement of port dues increases at Basra Oil Terminal due to take effect on 1 January 2021, the increase has been suspended until further notice.

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

COVID-19 Update: Oman
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Oman

The Supreme Committee in Oman on Sunday has decided to lift the ban on international flight movements from 12 am on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020. The committee also decided to reopen land borders and seaports as well.

After assessing recent developments, the committee has decided to make it compulsory for a PCR test to be done before flying to Oman from other countries. The Supreme Committee has suspended the exemption from health isolation for those arriving on short visits to the Sultanate of less than seven days.

The following measures are applicable at all border points of the Sultanate, and the travellers must follow certain procedures:

Download and register on the Tarassud application before coming to the Sultanate.
PCR negative test upon arrival to the Sultanate, provided that the examination was conducted not exceeding 72 hours prior to arrival.
It is mandatory to have health insurance covering the costs of treating COVID-19 19, with the exception of Omanis, citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and holders of free treatment card.
Conducting a polymerase test for COVID-19 19 upon arrival from abroad to the Sultanate’s airports.
Electronic tracking bracelet at all border crossings and a commitment to quarantine for a period of seven days. The tracking bracelet is removed after its completion, provided that no symptoms of the disease appear during that period, with re-examination on the eighth day.
The flight ban was imposed to stop the spread of a new Covid-19 strain found in London and other parts of the world.

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

COVID-19 Update: Indonesia
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Indonesia

Indonesia’s Unity of Tasks to Handling COVID-19 issued a Circular Addendum on 23rd December 2020 whereas a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been found in South Wales, England, namely SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01.

As previously advised, foreigners who arrive in Indonesia starting from 31 December 2020 must undergo an RT PCR test before and upon arrival. The PCR validity is a must for 2 x 24hours until 3 x 24hours from issuance.

As informed by immigration PIC, foreigners holding passports of UK, Australia, Italy and Denmark are currently unable to apply for Indonesian visa and aircraft flying from England are prohibited from entering Indonesia.

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

COVID-19 Update: Philippines
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Philippines

IATF RESOLUTION NO.90

All flights from the United Kingdom shall be temporarily suspended until December 31, 2020. Effective 0001H of December 24, 2020, Manila Time, until December 31, 2020, all passengers who have been in the United Kingdom within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, including those merely transiting the same, are likewise temporarily restricted from entering the Philippines for the same period.
Effective immediately, passengers already in transit from the United Kingdom and all those who have been to the same within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 0001H of December 24, 2020, shall not be subject to the above restriction from entry, but shall nevertheless be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols i.e. the observation of an absolute fourteen-day quarantine period which shall be at the Athlete’s Village in the New Clark City notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.
Outbound travel to the United Kingdom shall be subject to the existing exit protocols of the Philippines as well as those of the United Kingdom.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

All ships from the United Kingdom are temporarily prohibited to conduct crew changes until 31 December 2020. Effective 0001H of December 24, 2020, Manila Time, until December 31, 2020, all seafarers who have been in the United Kingdom within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, including those merely transiting the same, are likewise temporarily restricted from entering the Philippines for the same period.
Effective immediately, seafarers already in transit from the United Kingdom and all those who have been to the same within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 0001H of December 24, 2020, shall not be subject to the above restriction from entry, but shall nevertheless be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols i.e. the observation of an absolute 14-day quarantine period which shall be at the quarantine facility in Eva Macapagal Super Terminal notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR Test Result.
In this regard, ships carrying seafarers that fall under this classification are only allowed to conduct crew changes at Port of Manila.
Outbound travel of seafarers to the United Kingdom shall be subject to the existing exit protocols of the Philippines as well as those of the United Kingdom.
For details of the crew change protocol, as well as information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

COVID-19 Update: Turkey
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Turkey

As per the latest circular issued by the General Directorate of Health for Borders & Coasts, seamen, flight crew and truck drivers arriving from the UK, Denmark and South Africa will be exempted from negative PCR test and quarantine requirements.

Off signers will be permitted to disembark at Turkish Ports without a negative PCR test result.

For information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Haldia: HOJ-I Maintenance Shutdown
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Haldia Oil Jetty, India

Haldia Docks have advised the following regarding the shutdown of Haldia Oil Jetty-I (HOJ-I) from 29 December 2020 to 01 January 2021.

The authorities at SMP, Kolkata have advised that immediate measures need to be taken towards refurbishments of damaged fenders at Berth 16 (O) [HOJ-I]. Berth 16 (Owill remain under maintenance shutdown until 01 January 2021.

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

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