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Sunday, July 22, 2018

PORTS AND TERMINALS INFORMATION** LOCAL NEWS – Brazil; Hong Kong, China; Oman; Panama Canal; Sri Lanka

BRAZIL – NATIONALITIES EXEMPTED FROM PAYING LIGHT DUES
As from 22 September 2000 the following countries are exempted from paying light dues in Brazilian ports:
ALGERIA, ARGENTINA, BULGARIA, CHINA, FRANCE, GERMANY, PERU, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, URUGUAY, U.S.A.
Source: MARCON Ltda., Paranagua

HONG KONG, China (SAR) – OIL POLLUTION CONTINGENCY PLAN
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government Marine Department has prepared a new marine Oil Spill Response Plan (MOSRP) to comply with international standards.  It replaces an older version, which has been in force since 1974. The Marine Department has worked closely with the ports of Guandong, Guanzhou, Macao, Shenzhen and Zhuhai to develop a co-ordinated contingency plan to cover the Pearl River and the region in general.
Source: Hong SAR Marine Department, Hong Kong, China (SAR)

EGYPT/SUEZ CANAL - LONG HAUL REBATES AND STOPPAGE FOR INTERMEDIATE REPAIRS
Kindly note that the Suez Canal Authority allows for vessel’s stoppage in intermediate ports for routine or emergency repairs without changing the percent of reduction on the following two conditions:

1. The maximum period for repairs should not exceed 6 (six) days.
2. A certificate from Port Authority or from the dockyard must support the repairs.

The P&T Section has a list of ships which obtained a reduction from SCA via Atlas Marine Services, Port Said.  Copies are available on request.
Source: Salvesen & Odd Agencies A.s, Oslo/Atlas Marine Services, Port Said

OMAN/PORT SULTAN QABOOS – WASTE OIL COLLECTION
The Port Services Corporation (S.A.O.G.), Port Sultan Qaboos informs that Al-Sawari Trading Enterprises is technically equipped and duly approved to collect waste oil from vessels calling at Port Sultan Qaboos.  Disposal is to be arranged through your agent.

Source:  GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm

PANAMA CANAL – CHANGES TO THE BOOKING SYSTEM (REVISION 1)
Reference is made to our article in Weekly NEWS 38/2000 announcing changes to the Booking System, effective 1 October 2000 (ADVISORY No. A-50-2000).  The recent ADVISORY No. A-53-2000 cancels and supersedes the former with reference to ACP Navigation Regulations, Articles 15 and 16 relating to the numbers and sizes of ships, which can be booked during the various conditions.  Furthermore, certain changes have also been made to Articles 14 and 20 relating to the Tie-Breaker Criteria.
Copy of all Advisories are available on the Panama Canal web page WWW.PANCANAL.COM.

PANAMA CANAL – PROCUREMENT OF ACP MARITIME REGULATIONS
For the procedure on how to request copies of the “Maritime Regulations for the Operation of the Panama Canal”, which must be maintained onboard all transiting vessels, kindly view the web page:
WWW.PANCANAL.COM/ENG/MARITIME/REGULATIONS/.
Source: Panama Canal Authority, Balboa

OMAN – VALIDITY OF TRANSIT VISAS EXTENDED
As from 1 October 2000 transit visas to the Sultanate of Oman were extended from 72 hours to 15 days in order to foster the country’s economy and tourist trade.  Arriving visitors will be able to obtain their entry visa via Seeb International Airport as usual.
Source: Gulf Agency Co. (Oman) L.L.C., Muscat

SRI LANKA – BUNKERING TO BE LIBERALISED
The Sri Lanka Government has decided to liberalise bunkering in the ports of Galle and Tricomalee as well as off-shore, but to retain the monopoly held by Lanka Marine Services (LMS), the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) subsidiary in the Colombo port.  LMS will be allowed to retain its monopoly in Colombo, where most shipping is concentrated, for one or two years. The availability of bunkers will improve and prices are expected to come down in Colombo, a location almost astride the main East-West shipping lane across the Indian Ocean.
Source:  GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm