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Hot Port News from GAC

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31-Mar-2021

PLANNED LOCK CLOSURES
Hull, United Kingdom

UPDATED COVID PROTOCOL
Ras Laffan, Qatar

PILOTAGE TARIFF INCREASE
Janeiro state, Brazil

ARRANGEMENTS TO CLEAR BACKLOG OF WAITING VESSELS (UPDATED)
Suez Canal, Egypt

MEASURES TO MITIGATE SUEZ EFFECTS
Gothenburg, Sweden

Planned lock closures
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Hull, United Kingdom

Associated British Ports have advised that the below locks at Hull will be closed during the following periods in order to carry out essential works.

KING GEORGE LOCK
12 April: 0830-1500 hours
13 April: 0900-1530 hours
14 April: 0930-1600 hours
15 April: 1000-1615 hours
16 April: 1030-1645 hours

ALEXANDRA LOCK
10 May: 0730-1345 hours
11 May: 0800-1430 hours

ALBERT LOCK
12 May: 0830-1515 hours
13 May: 0900-1545 hours
14 May: 0930-1615 hours
17 May: 1100-1745 hours

For information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Updated Covid protocol
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Ras Laffan, Qatar

The authorities at Ras Laffan have advised the following updates to the Covid protocol at the port:

7 days quarantine (measured from the time the vessel departed its originating port) provided all crew and passengers are tested negative.

Reactive persons should be isolated for 7 day and swab test conducted on the 6th or 7th day from the time the vessel departed its originating port.

Reactive persons should remain in isolation for 14 days and may only resume their duties after obtaining a clearance letter from the CDC clinic.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Qatar, contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com

Pilotage tariff increase
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Janeiro state, Brazil

Updated pilotage tariffs with an increase of 17.07% have been announced for most states in Janeiro state for the period from tomorrow (1 April 2021) to 3 March 2022.

This increase will not affect Açu port which is governed by a different agreement.

For further details of the new tariffs, as well as information about operations in Brazil, contact GAC Brazil at shipping.rio@gac.com

Arrangements to clear backlog of waiting vessels (UPDATED)
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Suez Canal, Egypt

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has advised the following arrangements regarding transits to clear the backlog of waiting vessels that built up while the Canal was blocked by to the grounded container vessel:

SOUTHBOUND CONVOY

About 31 ships entered the Canal at about 21.30 hours local time last night (30 March), to wait at Great Bitter Lakes anchorages.

Another 12 ships entered the Canal at 07.30 hours local time today (31 March) with a free run until exiting the Canal from Suez.
NORTHBOUND CONVOY

About 7 ships entered the Canal at 05.00 hours local time today, to wait at Great Bitter Lakes anchorages.

At about 06.00 hours local time, another 30-31 ships entered the Canal with a free run until exiting from Suez.
Convoys are subject to change by the SCA in line with navigation considerations to speed up the transiting of all waiting ships. Convoys in both directions are running around the clock until the backlog is cleared.

UPDATE – 18:00 hours local time:
According to the latest available information from the SCA, a total of 190 vessels have transited the Canal in the past three days (74 on 29 March, 34 on 30 March and 82 today).

Arrangements for transits of vessels waiting at Port Said and Suez tomorrow (1 April) are as follows:

NORTHBOUND CONVOY

  • At 05:00 hours local time on 1 April, about 15 ships will enter the Canal and wait at Great Bitter Lakes anchorages.
  • At 09:00 hours local time on 1 April, 30 or more ships will enter the Canal for a free run until exiting from Suez.

The SCA has not yet advised transit arrangements for tomorrow’s southbound convoy.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

Measures to mitigate Suez effects
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden

With the acute situation in the Suez Canal resolved, still, further delays in European ports await. Measures are now being prepared in the Port of Gothenburg that can both ensure fast transport of Scandinavian goods, and at the same time contribute to alleviating the coming congestion in major European ports…

…Ships have started to pass through the canal, but there are still hundreds of ships left at the canal’s inlet and outlet waiting for their turn to pass.

The situation will mean a ketchup effect in the major European ports located between Suez and Gothenburg – many ships will call at the ports of, for example, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp almost simultaneously.

Since before the Suez problem, many of the European ports and their yards are already filled to the brim with goods, the Covid-19-pandemic being a major contributing factor. Hence, the ports in question lack the yard capacity to handle the large amount of calling ships and goods that are on the way. Thus, further delays beyond the immediate Suez Canal situation are to be expected.

Measures are now being prepared in the port of Gothenburg that can both ensure that the Scandinavian goods can reach Gothenburg more quickly, and at the same time alleviate the congestion situation in the European ports.

On Tuesday, the Gothenburg Port Authority and the Port of Gothenburg container terminal operator APM Terminals Nordic will launch a new offer to the global shipping company market.

“Instead of queuing in several European ports in a row, we now offer the opportunity to come directly to the Port of Gothenburg. Here, the shipping companies can unload their Scandinavian goods, which can then quickly reach their customers,” said Elvir Dzanic, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive.

In addition, the port offers the opportunity to unload additional goods with other European destinations. This cargo can then be transhipped to smaller feeder vessels for further transport to other European ports…

…Shipping companies are also offered a discount on these extra calls…

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

Source: Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) press release dated 30 March 2021

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