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Paradip, India



Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Krishnapatnam, India

Jebel Ali & Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Implementation of VAT
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Oman

The Oman Government has announced the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) with effect from Friday, 16 April.

From that date, VAT will apply to most goods and services supplied in the Sultanate by any person/business required to be registered for VAT at the standard rate of 5% except where specifically zero-rated or exempt under VAT law.

Oman International Container Terminal LLC (OICT) has obtained VAT registration and tax invoices will be issued charging VAT at applicable rate on all domestic supplies from 16 April.

For information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com

Suspension of sign-on/sign-off during monsoon
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Paradip, India

As the sea condition during south-west monsoon seasons, i.e. from May to October, normally remains rough, sing-on/sign-off of crew at Paradip SPMs and anchorages will be completely avoided during the above period.

Only in dire exigencies, particularly medical emergencies, disembarkation from ships at SPMs and anchorages will be allowed on a case-by-case basis in presence of qualified doctor.

The boarding and disembarkation of Vetting Inspector, Surveyors attending to statutory Surveys & Superintendent may also be avoided. However, in case of unavoidable circumstances, they may be allowed to board and disembark when the vessel is underway.

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

Source: Paradip Port trust Marine Department Circular No:MD/SPF-I-78/2009(Pt.11)/398 dated 9 April 2021

Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Singapore

Incidents of armed robbery against ships continued to occur to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. During 8 – 11 Apr 21, three incidents (two incidents on 8 Apr and one incident on 11 Apr) were reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. The three incidents occurred in close proximity to each other (Tanjung Pergam, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia) and in particular, two incidents on 8 Apr occurred within an interval of four hours.

The perpetrators were sighted in the engine room in one of the incidents on 8 Apr and the incident on 11 Apr. Engine spares were reported stolen in the incident on 11 Apr and nothing was reported stolen in the other two incidents. In one of the incidents on 8 Apr, the perpetrator confronted the engine room crew and hit him on his head when the crew attempted to shout for assistance. There was no confrontation between the crew and the perpetrators in the other two incidents…

…A total of 10 incidents were reported during January-April 2021, comprising nine incidents in the eastbound lane of the TSS and one incident in the westbound lane. In 2020, a total of 34 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait.

Although there was an arrest of five perpetrators in the Singapore Strait by the Indonesian Navy on 21 Feb 21, incidents have continued to occur in the area. This suggests that there are other criminal groups operating in the Singapore Strait…

…As the perpetrators of these incidents are not arrested, there is a possibility of further incidents in the Singapore Strait. All ships are advised to exercise enhanced vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal State…

(For information about operations in Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Extract from ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre Incident Alert dated 11 April 2021

Installation of sinkers off West Jurong Channel
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Singapore

From 3 May to 31 October, work to install sinkers will be carried out off West Jurong Channel.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.029 of 2021. The work will be conducted from 0700 to 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°16·599’N / 103°39.866’E
2) 01°16·640’N / 103°39.840’E
3) 01°16·666’N / 103°39·888’E
4) 01°16·629’N / 103°39·911’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 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control for assistance, if required.

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

Hub re-opened
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Due to a favourable improvement in weather conditions, Buckeye Bahamas Hub changed its Port Status from Port Restricted to Port Open at 03:48 hours local time today (13 April).

(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

Clarification of charges for Cape sized vessels carrying coal
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Krishnapatnam, India

Cargo Lightening Charges for Cape sized vessels calling at Krishnapatnam port will be USD3 PMT for the full Ocean Bill of Lading (OBL) quantity, and not for the remaining cargo onboard/being overcarried after part discharge at Krishnapatnam.

These charges will become applicable from 0001 hours on Thursday (15 April).

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

Ramadan timings at ports
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Jebel Ali & Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

In view of the holy month of Ramadan, the following timing is in effect at Jebel Ali and Sharjah until the first day of Eid:


Commercial & Administrative Departments: 08:00-14:00 Sunday to Thursday
Container Terminals
Operations will continue as normal. Gate operations will continuie 24 hours.
General Cargo

  • Normal Hours: 08:00-14:00 hours
  • Overtime: 14:00 hours onwards
  • Break hours: Iftar break – 19:00-19:45 hours / Suhoor break – 03:30-04:00
    CFS & Cold Chain Logistics
  • Normal Shift: 08:00-14:00 hours
  • Overtime: 14:00 hours onwards
    Transportation & Distribution
    Operations will continue 24 hours.
    Marine Department:
    Berthing & unberthing of vessels will continue.
    All charges for services provided during overtime ours will be applicable according to the rates listed in the Port Tariff.


Car ships: Ro Ro
will berth and commence discharge on arrival and work until completion. Overtime will be from 1530 hours to 0600 hours and all shifts on Friday and holidays
Reefer/Passenger/General Cargo ships, etc
I Shift – 0600-1200 hours
II Shift – 1530-2100 hours (1 hour break for Iftar)
III Shift – 2100-0300 hours
Overtime will be for II & III shift on working days and all shifts on Fridays & Holidays.
Where ship owners are pressed for time to complete discharging/loading of their ships during Ramadan, pre-arrangements can be made with the port operations to work during II & III shift on overtime basis.
To prevent port congestion, the Port Authority reserves the right to work any ship during II & III shift on overtime basis if it deems necessary. Otherwise, the vessel will have to be shifted to outer anchorage on owner’s account.
Delivery from sheds & yards

  • 0600-1200 hours on week days
    Note: Delivery can be effected until 2000 hours provided consignees book gang in advance before 1200 hours on the day delivery is required.
    Office working hours
  • Sundays-Thursday: 0900-1400 hours
  • Friday & Saturday: Holidays
    For information about operations in Jebel Ali & Sharjah, contact GAC Dubai at dubai@gac.com and GAC Sharjah at sharjah@gac.com

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