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Krishnapatnam, India

Sri Lanka


Gujarat, India


Bosphorus, Turkey


Free time after berthing
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Krishnapatnam, India

Free time allowed to vessels after berthing prior cargo commencement is 2 hours. The vessel should be ready to commence cargo operations within 2 hours of all made fast time of the vessel.

To facilitate the trade and as er request from valued customers, AKPL [Adani Krishnapatnam Port Ltd] has decided to revise the allowed free time to 3 hours in BPTS point 9.1 in page no.16:

“A vessel should be ready for commencement of cargo operation in all respect within 3 hours of all fast time. In case the vessel cannot commence her cargo operation within 3 hours, layup berth hire charges as per Port Tariff shall be applicable.”

The above will become applicable from 0001 hours of 18 May 2021 for all ships which arrive Krishnapatnam Port on or after 0001 hours of 18 May 2021.

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

Source: Adani Krishnapatnam Port Ltd letter dated 17 May 2021

Crew change arrangements
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka is allowing crew changes to be carried out via land based Isolation Centres (ICs).

The status quo for air travel (via chartered flights) remains unchanged as of now. Due to the escalating number of COVID-19 positive patients/seafarers globally, the Maldivian government has suspended the arrival of international flights from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to Maldives until 31 May. As an alternate, the Private Public Partnership (PPP) currently facilitating crew changes in Sri Lanka is in the process of arranging chartered flights to/from specific destinations periodically.

The PPP is not responsible for any travel advisory imposed by the Government of Doha due to the prevailing escalation in Covid-19 variants which may result in rescheduling of confirmed flights or impact some nationalities after full payment.

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

Entry of non-nationals suspended
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Taiwan

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre announced yesterday (17 May) that entry of non-nationals without valid residence permits is suspended.

This applies to non-nationals who currently do not hold a valid residence permit (including a residence visa), except for special permission for temporary postponement of entry, emergency or humanitarian considerations. Passengers are also suspended from transiting to Taiwan.

These measures will be implemented until June 18 and will be adjusted in a timely manner based on the epidemic situation.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Taiwan, contact GAC Taiwan at taiwan@gac.com

Weakened cyclone still bringing high winds
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Gujarat, India

After hitting the Gujarat coast yesterday evening (17 May), Extremely Severe Cyclone Tauktae has weakened into a ‘Very Severe’ category even as it rages through southern Gujarat today.

More than 12 hours after making landfall, Tauktae continues to maintain a wind speed of 110-120km/hr gusting to 130 km /hr. Though the eye of the cyclone is slowly disintegrating, the storm has not significantly weakened yet.

The system is expected to weaken into the ‘Cyclonic Storm’ by the afternoon and further weaken into a depression by the end of the day.

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

Quarantine conditions
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Mauritius

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a quarantine period is in force in Mauritius and the entry of aircraft and passengers is prohibited until 31 May.

Crew members are only allowed to enter Mauritius for crew rest purposes as per their flight time limitation scheme at the Holiday Inn Hotel which has been designated as the sole state-designated quarantine facility. They must strictly abide by the sanitary protocols set out by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Mauritius, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: Celero Shipping – GAC network agent

Suspension of traffic due to yacht race
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Bosphorus, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Bosphorus is planned to be suspended from 11:00 to 16:30 hours local time tomorrow (19 May) due to a yacht race in celebration of Atatürk Youth and Sports Day.

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

COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Ghana

Ghana has introduced a COVID -19 Health Recovery Levy of 1% on the supply/import of goods and services in the country, other than exempted goods, services or imports.

It came into force from 1 May 2021.

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

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