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Friday, October 19, 2018


-          São Francisco do Sul, Offshore bunkering prohibited

During a bunkering operation 1 August 2000 off the port, a severe oil spill occurred from a Petrobras chartered bunker vessel to a foreign flag vessel.

The Brazilian Environmental Institute (IBAMA) has with immediate effect prohibited bunkering supplies in open sea.  Furthermore, IBAMA claims that Petrobras has been carrying out an illegal bunkering operation at sea due to the fact that IBAMA had never granted an official authorisation to the foreign flag vessel to receive the bunkers.

According to our source, vessels could not load cargo to full capacity in the port, where max allowable draught is 33 ft brackish water.  Provided bunker supply was needed, this had to be delivered by trucks, or the vessel had to call at Paranagua.  As this imposed additional costs for the owners, Petrobras offered bunker supply at sea.

Source:  MARCON Ltda., Paranagua

   -     Random vetting at Wilhelmshaven

INTERTANKO has been informed that the N.W.O. and the W.R.G. Terminals have some two months ago started random control/vetting procedures for tankers calling for the first time.  The N.W.O. Terminal uses its own technical staff for this purpose and the visit onboard is fairly brief.  The W.R.G. Terminal (Dreyfus) has engaged Noble Denton to carry out a somewhat more comprehensive programme, which takes some 4-6 hours.  The controls/vetting referred to are in all cases free of charge for the vessels involved.

Sources:  Primorsk Shipping Corporation, Singapore;  Frachtcontor Junge & Co., Wilhelmshaven

-          Panama Canal, Modification to regulation for navigation in Canal waters

On 14 July 2000, the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority approved the addition of Article 4.A to the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal waters, which reads as follows:

“Article 4.A: The Authority may deny the departure of any vessel which has caused damages to the Canal, its personnel, equipment, property or facilities, or which violates any Canal navigation safety rule, until such time as she has posted a suitable payment warranty, to the Canal Administration’s satisfaction. To ensure enforcement of this rule, the Authority may require the assistance of the Public Force. The cost of this assistance shall be charged to the vessel, and shall be included in the warranty.”

This article has been added to the regulation in order to protect Canal interests and thus maintain the quality of service that customers have come to expect.

The new addition to the regulation went into effect on the day it was approved by the Board of Directors.

Sources: Barwil Agency S.A., Panama City; Panama Canal Authority, Balboa


-          Panama Canal, New e-mail address to the Admeasurement Unit

Effective from 5 August 2000 the Admeasurement Unit will receive Radio Pratique messages via e-mail at the following addresses:   (Balboa)   (Cristobal)

This new method is in addition to those established and posted in MR Notice to Shipping No. N-3-2000, and will be added to the revised Notice to Shipping in its next publication.  The methods currently in place will continue to operate and are listed below:

Telephone: (507) 272-4571      Fax:  (507) 272-7901

All Radio Pratique messages sent via e-mail must comply with Chapter II, Radio Communications, Article 30 of the Maritime Regulations for the Operation of the Panama Canal, with the following requirements:

  1. Information must be clearly written in printed and readable characters.
  2. The vessel’s correctly spelled name, ship identification number (SIN) and call letters shall be included in order to identify the vessel.  Abbreviations are unacceptable.
  3. Each message shall include information for only one vessel.
  4. Messages that do not comply with this regulation will not be processed.

Sources: Barwil Agency S.A., Panama City; Panama Canal Authority, Balboa


United Kingdom

     -          Scapa Flow, Review of the oil port operation and environmental aspects

The Council is at present carrying out a review of the Scapa Flow Oil Port operation and the Environmental Unit of the Department of Harbours.  An important part of the review comprises consulting with those who use the service and facilities provided to chart the attitudes to the existing service, to receive suggestions for future improvement and to discover any needs, which are not being met.

A copy of the Schedule of Charges and the Department’s Service Profile may be obtained by contacting INTERTANKO, or by contacting direct the Director of Harbours at Scapa, Orkney, Capt. R. S. Moore on telephone/fax; +44 1856 873636 / 873012, or e-mail :

Source: Department of Harbours, Scapa, Orkney