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Jaigarh, India

Hong Kong


Sri Lanka

Tianjin, China

Dumai, Indonesia

Gujarat, India

Mormugao, India

Scotland, United Kingdom

Vessel calls during monsoon season
Friday, May 14, 2021, Jaigarh, India

With regards to vessel calls at JSW Jaigarh Port during monsoon season (15 May 2021 to 15 September 2021), we request you to follow certain procedures for hassle free operations:

Usually mooring pattern is 4+2 (Forward and Aft) here for vessel size up to Panamax and 4+3 (Forward and Aft) for Capesize vessels, in monsoon season keep 2 ropes forward and 2 ropes aft on deck in addition to the normal mooring pattern.
Please plan additional manpower for regular watch on stations forward and aft to keep tending the ropes. Plan your deck watches and rest hours accordingly.
Keep all ropes equally tight to spread the weight evenly.
Leave certain margin for the ropes to stretch to avoid breaking.
Avoid doing any maintenance of equipment while alongside to keep the vessel in readiness all the time.
Please note that immobilization of main engine will not be allowed during stay at port.
Keep strict watches on VHF Ch-11 for Marine Control Tower Jaigarh Port.
(For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Notice to Trade JSW Jaigarh Port

Trial deployment of artificial reefs west of airport
Friday, May 14, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately 16 months, trial deployment of artificial reefs will be established on the seabed within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22° 17.745’N / 113° 53.089’E
(B) 22° 17.490’N / 113° 52.997’E
(C) 22° 17.511’N / 113° 52.915’E
(D) 22° 17.666’N / 113° 52.850’E

The artificial reef is cylindrical in shape with a height of about 0.4 metre and a base of about 0.9 metre in diameter. There will be a vertical clearance of about 4.5 metres from the top of the artificial reef to sea level.

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge and two work boats. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours from Monday to Saturday. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the above area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.87/2021

Official bodies and banks to close for Youth & Sports Festival
Friday, May 14, 2021, Turkey

Due to the Youth & Sports Festival public holiday in Turkey on 19 May, all of the country’s official institutions and banks will be closed on this date.

Vessel operators are therefore urged to make arrangements for spares, provisions, etc required for this day well in advance.

As some ports may suspend their operations or increase charges by 50% for official services such as pilotage, towage, mooring and customs, vessels should check prior to calling at any Turkish port.

A 50% pilotage surcharge will be valid for Turkish Straits on this date.

For information about operations in Turkey. Contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Flights for off- & on-signing crew
Friday, May 14, 2021, Sri Lanka

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 infected individuals in many countries including seafarers, the arrival of international flights from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to Maldives is suspended from 12 to 31 May, which means off-signers disembarking in Sri Lanka cannot go to Male via Mattala.

However, the pre-planned flight from Male to Mattala will operate as scheduled today/tomorrow (14/15 May) to transfer incoming crew members to Sri Lanka.

As an alternative, a direct flight arranged by the Private Public Partnership (PPP) exclusively for seafarers between Doha and Mattala will be available from 19 May onwards.

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

Vessels & crew arriving from Indian ports
Friday, May 14, 2021, Tianjin, China

Tianjin Customs have advised that for vessels which have called Indian ports within 21 days before arrival Tianjin, a PCR test for all crew members after berthing.

Within 21 days of arrival Tianjin, local Customs will arrange a PCR test for signed-on crew members signed on from Indian ports, Indian crew members or crew from countries close to India (Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc) after berthing.

If a vessel has called at an Indian ports in its voyage before arriving at Tianjin, its public areas will need to be disinfected with records made. Relevant copies of records are required by local Customs after going alongside.

Discharging will not be done until negative results of PCR tests is obtained. It normally takes around one day for the result.

For information about operations in China, contact GAC China at china@gac.com

Measures for foreign seafarers
Friday, May 14, 2021, Dumai, Indonesia

Control for all foreign and Indonesian vessels that call to Indonesian ports, especially Dumai Port, and all the crews coming from abroad during Corona Virus Disease 2019 pandemic (COVID-19) implemented as follows:

All foreign and Indonesian vessels coming from abroad and call to Dumai Port must enter Quarantine Zone and report to Dumai VTS.

All crews (foreign and Indonesian) coming from abroad must undergo Swab RT Antigen. If the result is Negative, the vessel will be allowed to berth after Certificate of Pratique issued from Port Health Office. However, if any crew have a positive result, all crew members must undergo PCR Test. In the case of a positive result, the vessel must be quarantined for 14 days at the Quarantine Zone area.

All expenses for RT Antigen and PCR Test will be charged to owner of the vessel.

No crew members may go ashore before Port Health check until Free Pratique is granted, except in the case of emergency or urgent situation.

Vessels are not allowed to leave the Quarantine Zone before Port Health declare the Free Pratique, except in case of emergency or urgent situation.

Vessels are prohibited to turn-off the AIS and other telecommunications.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Indonesia, contact Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com)

Source: Translation of Dumai Port Authority circular dated 12 May 2021

Cyclonic Storm warning
Friday, May 14, 2021, Gujarat, India

The India Meteorological Department has issued a warning of a possible Cyclonic Storm that might hit the western parts of Gujarat in the Arabian Sea on or around May 18-19.

A low-pressure area is likely to form today (14 May) over the Southeast Arabian sea and is likely to move north and northwestward across the Southeast Arabian sea adjoining the Lakshadweep islands by tomorrow (15 May).

The low pressure area over Lakshadweep is now lying as a well-marked low pressure area over the same region.

It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 24 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm. The cyclone is expected to continue to move north-north westwards for some more time with further intensification, and in the course, areas like Lakshadweep, the coast of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra are to be impacted.

It is then likely to intensify further and move north-northwestwards towards Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coasts and reach near Gujarat coast around 18 May evening.

Wind speeds of 40-50km per hour are likely to intensify to 70km per hour tomorrow and may reach 80km per hour by Sunday (16 May).

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

Maximum permissible drafts during monsoon
Friday, May 14, 2021, Mormugao, India

The maximum permissible drafts, in conjunction with high water, in the [Mormugao] harbour, during the monsoon of 2021 are as follows:

BREAKWATER BERTH – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
08.50m at high water

MOLE BERTH – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
08.50m at high water

1, 2, 3 & part of Berth No.4 up to Bollard No.14 – Not in use at present

4 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
07.50m at high water

5 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
14.00m at high water

6 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
14.00m at high water

7 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
14.00m at high water

8 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.00m at high water

9 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
13.00m at high water

10 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.80m at high water

11 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.80m at high water

MDs 1-2 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
13.10m at high water

MDs 2-3 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.80m at high water

MDs 3-4 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.80m at high water

MDs 4-5 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.80m at high water

MDs 5-6 – w.e.f. 15 May 2021
12.80m at high water

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

Source: Mormugao Port Trust Harbour Notice No.05/21 dated 13 May 2021

Hotel quarantine only required for arrivals from Red list countries
Friday, May 14, 2021, Scotland, United Kingdom

From Monday, 17 May, Scotland will follow the other three nations of the United Kingdom (England, Wales & Northern Ireland) and ‘Managed Isolation’ (quarantine hotel requirement) will only be enforced for people arriving from Red list countries.

Those arriving from countries on the Amber list will now be able to self-isolate at home.

Information about which countries are on the Red, Amber and Green lists can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/red-amber-and-green-list-countries/

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

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