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Hot Port News from GAC

Piraeus, Greece


Le Havre, France

Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas


Port Latta, Australia

Hong Kong

Gothenburg, Sweden

Hsinta, Taiwan


Planned berth closures for maintenance
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Le Havre, France

CIM Terminal at Le Havre have given advance notice that berth CIM 3 will be closed for maintenance from Monday 1 March to Wednesday 3 March, inclusive.

Further, berth CIM 7 will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 3 March to Friday 5 March, and berth CIM 2 will be closed for maintenance from Monday 22 March to Friday 2 April.

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

Source: Sea-Invest Shipping Agency – GAC network agent

Terminal reopened
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Buckeye Bahamas Hub Terminal was re-opened at 11.42 hours local time yesterday (8 February).

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

Source: Elnet Maritime – GAC network agent

Remotely controlled navigation system test & manoeuvres off Raffles Reserved Anchorage
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Singapore

Today and tomorrow, 9 & 10 February, remotely controlled navigation system test and manoeuvres are being conducted between 0700 and 2030 hours local time off Raffles Reserved Anchorage (ARAFR), within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°10·111’N / 103°45·167’E
2) 01°11·337’N / 103°46·671’E
3) 01°10·832’N / 103°47·017’E
4) 01°09·772’N / 103°45·374’E

The craft will be conducting remotely controlled navigation system tests and maneuvers during the stated period in the working area. The vessel will be remotely controlled using 4G network from Shore Command Center at PSA Vista.

The activities will be suspended during the movements of Very Large Crude Carriers to SHELL Single Buoy Mooring. (for consideration to include in the PMN as per previous PMN issued on MASS trials at RRA)

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 68 (West Control);
e) Communicate with West Control for assistance, if required.

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

Minimum Declared Depths
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Port Latta, Australia

Following recent bathymetric surveys in the Port of Port Latta, the following declared depths are now applicable.

Parallel line from Fenders: Fender line-0 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 11.90 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 2.0 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 13.05 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 2.5 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 13.50 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 3.0 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 13.85 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 3.5 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 14.05 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 4.0 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 14.20 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 4.5 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 14.30 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 5.0 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 14.50 m

Parallel line from Fenders: 5.5 metres
Minimum Declared Depth: 14.85 m

(For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: TasPorts Harbour Masters Instruction HMI 21-04E dated 5 February 2021

Updated exemption conditions for crew changes
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Hong Kong

From 20 February 2021, crew members of goods vessels with cargo operations in Hong Kong will be subject to the exemption conditions.

According to the Centre for Health Protection, Port Health Division, notice dated 5 February 2021, the major changes are as follows:

For good vessels which have called at the ports of any country outside China during the 21 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong, ship companies are required to either:
(a) arrange a SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test for the signing-off sea crew at an ISO15189-accredited laboratory recognised by the Government where the laboratory is located with the specimen collected within 72 hours prior to the vessel’s ETA at Hong Kong and obtain a negative result;
(b) arrange the signing-off sea crew to take a SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test by one of the recognised testing institutions in Hong Kong upon the vessel’s arrival, and these crew members will need to stay on board until the result (negative) is available.

Signing-off sea crew from goods vessels which have called at the ports of any country outside China during the 21 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong who are Hong Kong residents AND will stay in Hong Kong after signing off are no longer exempted from compulsory quarantine. They will be subject to the test-and-hold arrangement as with other non-exempted persons. Those signing off Hong Kong crew must use land transportation designated by the Government to the designated quarantine hotels direct from the location where they go ashore. If there is such type of sea crew to be signed off, contact the duty Port Health Officer 72 hours before the vessel’s arrival.

For signing-on crew arriving at Hong Kong International Airport, they must only use the designated channel within the airport to arrive at the designated pick-up point located at Carpark 4. Coaches and light goods vehicles are prohibited from entering the car park.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com

Transport giants join forces to make port fossil-free
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo Group, Scania, Stena Line, and the Port of Gothenburg have joined forces to bring about a significant reduction in carbon emissions linked to the largest port in the Scandinavia. The aim is to cut emissions by 70% by 2030…

…Named the “Tranzero Initiative”, this venture is focused on the one million truck transports and the 55,000 tonnes of carbon emissions generated from road transports to and from the Port of Gothenburg each year. The Initiative also includes electrification of sea transport.

The companies involved will introduce a series of interlinked measures designed to accelerate the switch to fossil-free fuels. This task has already commenced with a needs analysis and mapping of freight flows as part of the commitment to offering the market the right products and establishing a fossil-free fuel infrastructure to support this development.

Gothenburg Port Authority will produce the necessary infrastructure and access to fossil-free fuels for heavy vehicles, including electric power, HVO, biogas, and hydrogen gas. Volvo and Scania will put commercial offerings in place for their heavy truck customers, ensuring that in time land transport becomes fossil free in accordance with the goals laid down by the port. Stena Line will also have a key role to play by ensuring new fossil-free vessels are brought into service on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route by 2030, moving from vision to reality with its battery-powered vessel concept Stena Elektra…

…The transition to fossil-free transport to and from the port will need government support for companies that need to upgrade their fleets, for example designated grants, subsidised charging points, and fossil-free fuels…

(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 4 February 2021

New port tariff
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Hsinta, Taiwan

A new port tariff is in effect from this month for tug boats and mooring/unmooring boats at the port of Hsinta.

The working boat charge is a floating charge based on the monthly CPC price list for marine light diesel every month.

Pilotage and dockage fees at the port are calculated based on the tariff at Kaohsiung port.

For details about the tariff and fees, as well as information about operations in Taiwan, contact GAC Taiwan at taiwan@gac.com

New vessel flag waiver rules
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Bangladesh

Due to increased numbers of Bangladesh flag vessels presently available for trade, the waiver notification has been amended to liberate the carriage of cargo by third country flag vessels and declared a general waiver.

The relevant section of the Bangladesh Flag Vessels (protection) Act 2019, is as follows:

(1) Any cargo when carried between Bangladesh and
(a) United States of America
(b) Canada

(2) Any of the following cargo when carried between Bangladesh and any other countries:
(a) all kinds of care carried by car carrier.

The General Waiver Notification No.DG/NTL/SHIPPING/2013/6023(7) DATED 04.08.2013 should be treated as cancelled.

No Objection Certificate must be obtained from the Director General, Department of Shipping, prior to chartering any third country flag vessel to carry cargo from and to Bangladesh other than mentioned above.

For information about operations in Bangladesh, contact GAC-Uniglobal Bangladesh at gac-uniglobal.bangladesh@gac.com

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