Hot Port News from GAC
TESTING OF AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE OFF ST JOHN’S ISLAND
TRANSIT CONVOY UPDATE (8 APRIL)
Suez Canal, Egypt
TROPICAL STORM SEROJA UPDATE (8 APRIL)
North West Australia, Australia
AMENDED PORT ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION SAFETY CHARGES
PROHIBITION OF OLDER TRUCKS ENTERING SAUDI ARABIA
DISCHARGE OF SCRUBBER WASH WATER
CHANNEL DEVELOPMENT CESS EXEMPTION FOR LNG VESSELS
Port Qasim, Pakistan
Testing of autonomous underwater vehicle off St John’s Island
Thursday, April 8, 2021, Singapore
The working period for testing of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUH) has been extended.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.025 of 2021, the testing will now be conducted between 0900 and 1800 hours daily from 10 to 14 April off St John’s Island, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01˚ 13.133’N / 103˚ 51.137’E
2) 01˚ 12.960’N / 103˚ 51.229’E
3) 01˚ 12.925’N / 103˚ 51.137’E
A workboat will deploy and recover the AUV.A safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.
Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day 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 on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Transit convoy update (8 April)
Thursday, April 8, 2021, Suez Canal, Egypt
In the nine days from 30 March to yesterday (7 April), a total of 740 vessels transited the Suez Canal.
According to information from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), arrangements for transits today (8 April) for vessels waiting at Port Said and Suez are as follows:
At 0500 hours local time, about 23 ships enter the Canal with free run until exiting from Suez.
0015 hours local time, about 16 ships enter the Canal and wait at Great Bitter Lakes anchorages.
0530 hours local time, about 22 ships enter the Canal with free run until exiting from Port Said.
Convoy arrangements are subject to change from time-to-time by the SCA. Most arrangements are not announced in advance.
For information about operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at email@example.com
Tropical Storm Seroja update (8 April)
Thursday, April 8, 2021, North West Australia, Australia
The ports of Dampier and Port Hedland are now at Cyclone Alert Stage 1 – Monitor, as Tropical Cyclone Seroja is set to produce dangerous weather on the west coast of Australia on Sunday or Monday.
At 8:00am AWST today (8 April), Seroja was a Category 1 storm with sustained winds near the centre of 75km per hour and wind gusts to 100km per hour. It was located 670km northwest of Karratha and 650km north northwest of Exmouth and moving west southwest at 29km per hour.
It is forecast to strengthen as it tracks to the southwest over open waters, north of Western Australia. During Saturday it is expected to take a more southerly track while remaining well offshore from the west coast. On Sunday it is expected to turn to the southeast towards the west coast and make landfall most likely later Sunday or Monday between Coral Bay and Perth. There is likely to be destructive winds, very heavy rainfall and higher than normal tides close to Seroja’s path.
For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amended Port Environment Protection Safety Charges
Thursday, April 8, 2021, Dhamra, India
The following Port Environment Protection Safety Charges will be imposed for vessels calling at Dhamra Port from 0001 hours local time on Saturday 10 April.
USD 100: Up to 10,000 GT
USD 200: 10,001 to 30,000 GT
USD 350: More than 30,000 GT
This will not be applicable to STS (liquid & gas) vessels.
For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at email@example.com
Prohibition of older trucks entering Saudi Arabia
Thursday, April 8, 2021, Bahrain
From Saturday 10 April onwards, Bahrain Customs will no longer issue Exit Notes for shipments carried across the border with Saudi Arabia by trucks that are 20 or more years old (i.e. manufactured in or before 2001).
This is in line with a new rule advised in Saudi Customs Circular No.184-42-081199 stating that trucks 20+ years old may not enter Saudi Arabia after the effective date.
For information about operations in Bahrain, contact GAC Bahrain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Discharge of scrubber wash water
Thursday, April 8, 2021, Turkey
Discharge of scrubber wash water to the sea is prohibited in the territorial waters [of Turkey] in accordance with the provision of “It is forbidden to discharge garbage, petroleum and petroleum derivatives as well as these contaminated bilge water, dirty ballast water, sludge, slop, oil and similar solid and liquid wastes, all kinds of cargo wastes from the ships in the seas of Turkey’s sovereignty”…
(For information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at email@example.com)
Source: Extract from Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization Notice No.: E-84973951-140.0-99-698452 dated 6 April 2021
Channel Development CESS exemption for LNG vessels
Thursday, April 8, 2021, Port Qasim, Pakistan
Effective from 2 April, Port Qasim Authority has exempted LNG vessels from the Channel Development CESS charge of US$ 100,000 per call, until further notice.
For information about operations in Pakistan, contact GAC Pakistan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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