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12-Apr-2021

INSTALLATION OF SINKERS OFF MARINA BARRAGE
Singapore

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BIG SISTER’S ISLAND & JETTY FOR REPAIRS
Singapore

CARGO LIGHTENING CHARGES FOR CAPE SIZE VESSELS CARRYING COAL
Krishnapatnam, India

BULK CREW CHANGE THROUGH OFFSHORE CREW TRANSIT HUB (OCTH)
Sri Lanka

TRANSIT CONVOYS BACK TO NORMAL
Suez Canal, Egypt

RAMADAN TIMINGS
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

HUB AT RESTRICTED STATUS DUE TO WORSENING WEATHER
Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

LOCKDOWN EXTENDED
Bangladesh

Installation of sinkers off Marina Barrage
Monday, April 12, 2021, Singapore

From 3 May to 31 October, work to install sinkers will be conducted off Marine Barrage.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.026 of 2021, the works will be carried out between 0700 and 1900 daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°16·686’N / 103°52·536’E
2) 01°16·742’N / 103°52·525’E
3) 01°16·752’N / 103°52·578’E
4) 01°16·698’N / 103°52·588’E

Crane barges will be deployed with the assistance of tugboats for the installation of the sinkers. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the works.

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 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

Temporary closure of Big Sister’s Island & Jetty for repairs
Monday, April 12, 2021, Singapore

Singapore’s National Parks Board has announced that the jetty at Big Sister’s Island has been found to be in need of repair, and to ensure public safety, Big Sister’s Island is closed for about six months from 10 April for jetty repair works to be carried out.

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

Cargo lightening charges for Cape size vessels carrying coal
Monday, April 12, 2021, Krishnapatnam, India

Adani Krishnapatnam Port Ltd (AKPL) has developed infrastructure to handle deep draft cape vessels. To maintain these facilities and depths and to serve our customers, AKPL has decided to revise subject charges as mentioned in BPTS marine tariff Section IV, sub point N.

Cargo Lightening Charges = USD 3 per MT for the full B/L quantity of cargo carried.

Conditions for applicability of above charges:

1) Applicable to only cape vessels carrying coal as cargo having two or more port discharge with AKPL not being the last port of discharge.

2) Applicable to the entire cargo as per B/L brought to the port.

NOTES:

If any Cape vessel is discharging full quantity of coal cargo at AKPL, then normal changes will be applicable as per BPTS.
Cargo Lightening changes for any vessel other than Cape size vessel will be charged as per the published BPTS.
The above charges will become applicable from 0001 hours of 15 April 2021 for all ships which arrive Adani Krishnapatnam Port on or after 0001 hours of 15 April 2021.
(For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Adani Krishnapatnam Port Limited Circular dated 8 April 2021

Bulk crew change through Offshore Crew Transit Hub (OCTH)
Monday, April 12, 2021, Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka has once again allowed to carry out crew changes via land based Isolation Centers (ICs).

A minimum of 96 hours are required to process requests and make arrangements for crew changes.

DISEMBARKING CREW:

Disembarking crew from a vessel are required to directly proceed to the IC
PCR conducted at IC and await results
Once the negative PCR result is received off-signers will be transferred directly to the airport for repatriation as per charter flight schedule
If any seafarer becomes positive for COVID-19 PCR test, provision for treatment should be done in the designated Intermediate Care Facility approved by the Ministry of Health
EMBARKING CREW:

PCR test should be done for every on-signer within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight and should be made available to respective Port Health Officer (PHO) prior to their landing in Sri Lanka
The on signers who arrive to the country by charter flight at MRIA will be directly sent to the IC from the airport
PCR conducted at IC and await results
Once the negative PCR result is received on-signers will be transferred directly to the designated port for embarking as per vessel arrival
All seafarers must wear adequate PPE during transfers.

Crew change will be done under the supervision of Sri Lanka Navy and they should escort the crew transport vehicle.

Crew changes can take place in Colombo/ Galle ports at berth/ anchorage or OPL. Request for Trincomalee/ Hambantota/ Norochcholai Seaport crew changes will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Scheduled charter flights available for seafarers between airports of Male and MRIA. Exclusive charter flights can be arranged as required. Foreign crew arrival/ departure movements is currently strictly limited to MRIA.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

Transit convoys back to normal
Monday, April 12, 2021, Suez Canal, Egypt

As per available information, all ships waiting at Port Said and Suez anchorages affected by the Panama Canal backlog have now transited.

Navigation of the waterway is back to normal times and schedules starting from yesterday’s (11 April) convoys, with ships arriving before the limit time 2300 hours local time joining the next day of arrival convoy with starting time at about 0500 hours local time daily.

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

Ramadan timings
Monday, April 12, 2021, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, the port hours [at Fujairah] will be adjusted as follows:

VESSEL WORKING SHIFTS FOR GENERAL & BULK SERVICES
0500-1200 hours
1200-1800 hours
2100-0300 hours

OFFICE HOURS
Sunday-Thursday: 0900-1400 hours

PABX (09-2228800) Fax (09-2228555 for Operations, 09-2228022 for Marine Services and 09-2228133 for Oil Tanker Terminal) will be manned on a 24 hour basis.

MARINE SERVICES
will be available on a 24 hour basis, except Pilotage as details below:

STS Operation:

  • Suspension: Berthing 1500 hours lt / Unberthing 1600 hours lt
  • Resumption: Pilot onboard 2030 hours lt

Vopak & Naval base:

  • Suspension: Berthing 1530 hours lt / Unberthing 1600 hours lt
  • Resumption: Pilot onboard 2030 hours lt

Al Kaser Bay:

  • Suspension: Berthing 1530 hours lt / Unberthing 1600 hours lt
  • Resumption: Pilot onboard 2030 hours lt

Port (FT, SBB & FOTT):

  • Suspension: Berthing 1500 hours lt / Unberthing 1630 hours lt
  • Resumption: Pilot onboard 2030 hours lt

Above excluding tankers calling at SPMs, Passenger and emergency operations.

OTT (OIL TANKER TERMINALS)
Cargo operations will continue 24 hours but ship safety inspections, MLA connection/disconnection/line packing and pigging will be suspended during the following timings:
Sunday-Saturday: 0300-0500 hours & 1800-1930 hours

GATE PASS OFFICE
will be close at the following timings:
Sunday-Saturday: 0300-0500 hours & 1800-2000 hours

(For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Circular No.PA/21/2246

Hub at restricted status due to worsening weather
Monday, April 12, 2021, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Due to deteriorating weather conditions, Buckeye Bahamas Hub went to Port Condition Restricted at 08:48 hours local time yesterday (11 April).

Weather conditions are being closely monitored and updates will be provided as conditions change.

(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

Lockdown extended
Monday, April 12, 2021, Bangladesh

Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh, the Government has extended the national lockdown from 0600 hours on 14 April until 2400 hours on 21 April.

The lockdown includes the closure of all modes of transportation (road, sea, rail, domestic & international flights). However, this does not apply in cases of the transportation of goods, production system and emergency services.

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

Source: Uni-Global Bangladesh – GAC network agent

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