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Thursday, January 18, 2018

PORT INFORMATION:

LOCAL NEWS
– India; Italy; Ivory Coast; Panama Canal; Yemen

INDIA/TUTICORIN – FISHING AREA DEMARCATED

Due to a substantial increase in fishing activities off the port of Tuticorin regular complaints from the fishermen over damaged fishing nets are being filed.  The nets are also a hazard to the safety of vessels’ navigation.  A demarcated area has been agreed between the fishermen and the shipping agents.

Vessels are advised to avoid the established demarcated area, keep a sharp lookout and give a wide berth to any fishing vessels close to the area.  It is suggested that vessels arriving at Tuticorin should first approach the port via a point 14 n.m. east of North Breakwater Head, Tuticorin, and then proceed west to the pilot boarding ground or anchorage area. Vessels departing from the port are advised to proceed east via a point 14 n.m. east of the North Breakwater Head prior to setting course for their destination.

Co-ordinates of the demarcated fishing area:
A – 8deg 43min N 078deg 09.6min E
B – 8deg 43min N 078deg 25.0min E
C – 8deg 30min N 078deg 25.0min E
D – 8deg 30min N 078deg 08.0min E

Source: GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm/Tuticorin Port Trust Marine Department



ITALY/SARDINIA – SHIPS TO BE INSPECTED AT SEA PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

Due to the grounding of a vessel on 8 September 2000 in the St. Peter’s Channel, the Cagliari Harbour Authority has issued a new ordinance, which was officially passed on to operators on 18 October 2000. Ordinance No. 109/2000 provides for most tankers/cargo ships (particularly if older than 15/20 years) approaching Cagliari or Sarroch to be stopped at sea and inspected by the Coast Guard prior to permission being granted to enter these ports.

Extra pilotage and towage may be ordered for safety reasons.  A complete English translation will be available soon, and INTERTANKO will advise its members accordingly. Ordinance No. 109/2000 only covers Cagliari and Sarroch.  However, it is expected that similar ordinances will be issued shortly covering all Sardinian ports.

Source: Cincotta Shipping Agency, Cagliari

IVORY COAST/ABIDJAN – CUSTOMS DOCUMENTATION
Following severe problems faced by a vessel calling at Abidjan due to a small error in the description submitted to Customs officials, owners of vessels trading to the country are being urged to ensure that all Customs documents are 100% correct.  Failure to do so may result in delay or a fine being imposed.
Source: GAC Athens Hub Agency Centre (for Africa), Amaroussion


PANAMA CANAL – ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION
In order to provide an efficient service to customers the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) intends to implement an all electronic mail system to distribute the MR Advisories to Shipping starting 1 January 2001. Users interested in this service are advised to provide PCA with their electronic mail addresses to either mrxi-sec@pancanal.com or fax No. +507 272 3548 by 8 December 2000.  Companies not yet using electronic mailing systems are advised to provide PCA with their regular mail address for PCA  update purposes. For those who will receive the service electronically, PCA will discontinue the forwarding of courtesy copies as soon as the electronic system is operational.
Source: Barwil Agencies S.A., Panama City/ Panama Canal Authority


YEMEN/ASH SHIR – TERMINAL REGULATIONS
With immediate effect crew changes, supply of bunkers, fresh water and provision, delivery of spares and crew documents, slop reception and all relevant husbandry matters will not be permitted.  Suppliers of spares, crew managers and manning agents are instructed to comply with this ruling.
Source: Gulf Agency Co.
(Yemen) Ltd., Hodeidah


PORT COSTS - Mexico

MEXICO – WHARFAGE CHARGES

With effect from 11 September 2000 PMI Trading Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Pemex to stop charging and try to collect wharfage from all vessels calling at Mexican ports to discharge petroleum by-products for the account of PMI/Pemex.  This charge is to be for the account of Pemex.
Source: Canega Shipping Services, Houston