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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

PORT NEWS
SBT Rebates
India
Italy
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STRICT REQUIREMENTS FOR SBT REBATE IN SOME PORTS

Owners of SBT tankers should be aware of the fact that some ports, including Amsterdam, interpret the segregation between ballast and cargo systems more strictly than other ports. A technical connection between the IGS main supply line on deck and the cargo piping system, as described in SOLAS Chapter II-2: Construction, articles 13-4.1 and 4.2, is not accepted as a proper separation when applying for SBT rebate unless the connection is physically removed.

INDIA ? CREW CHANGES

For crew changes in Indian ports all crew should have valid Indian transit visas. If not, the airline and the shipping agent will be penalised. Normally crew changes are only possible alongside berth except for medical reasons or emergency.

For signing off crew the PTA should be arranged by the owners. PTA-details as well as PNR-number, airline, local collection centre, etc. should be advised. For on- and off-signing of the crew a landing permit is granted for 24, 48 or 72 hours depending on nationality, and the crew must leave India within the time frame.

Spares must not be carried, as this will attract Customs duty/penalty and the possibility of confiscation of the spares. The following airlines are recommended for the transportation of spares: British Airways, Swiss Airways or Singapore Airline. Air India is not recommended as delays in clearance may be expected.

Source: GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd., Cochin

INDIA/CALCUTTA MOORING WORKING HOURS AT BUDGE BUDGE TERMINAL

The mooring crew at Budge Budge terminal will not work between Sundays 0900 hours and Mondays 0900 hours. Arrival/departure during this period may be hampered. No official notification has yet been issued by the Calcutta Port Trust. Furthermore, there is only one berthing and one un-berthing operation per day at this terminal.

Source: GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd., Cochin

INDIA/VISAKHPATNAM ? MOORING REQUIREMENTS AT OSTT AND NOM

Large tankers berthing at the offshore tanker terminal (OSTT) and the new oil mooring (NOM) in the outer harbour are experiencing difficulty when using wire ropes at the jetty or at the mooring buoys. This may result in delays in completing the berthing operation.

The following guidelines should be observed at OSTT:

A/ Five polypropylene ropes to be used as head- and stern lines.
B/ Three breast- and three spring lines to be used. If wires are used they must have a minimum of 90 metres polypropylene pendant rope as tails.

Only polypropylene ropes, a minimum of ten at each end, are to be used at NOM.

Sources: GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd., Cochin/Visakhpatnam Port Trust

ITALY/SARDINIA ? SHIP INSPECTION AT SEA PRIOR ARRIVING PORT

Further to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 42/2000 of 20 October 2000, a complete English translation of the text of Order No. 109/2000 issued by the Harbour Master of Cagliari is now available by contacting Steinar Digre, mailto:steinar.digre@intetanko.com A checklist and chart of the waiting areas are also included with the text

Order No. 109/2000 contains following articles:

Art. 1 - Denial of arrival permission.
Art. 2 ? Preliminary checking (all tankers and all cargo ships).
Art. 3 ? Petrochemical plants.
Art. 4 ? Reports to the Authorities.
Art. 5 ? Waiting areas.
Art. 6 ? Communications.
Art. 7 ? Admission procedures.
Art. 8 ? Final dispositions.
Art. 2 regarding Tankers:

All tankers:

1/ Not equipped with double hull or
2/ having GT equal or above 3,000 or
3/ aged more than 15 years or
4/ carrying products according to Marpol Annex 1 and 2 or
5/ arriving from ports outside Italy.

Source: Cincotta Shipping Agency, Cagliari

NIGERIA/LAGOS ? OPERATIONS AFFECTED DUE TO CURFEW

Recent riots and civil disturbances between tribal factions in parts of Lagos have led the State Government to impose a curfew in the city between 1800 and 0600 hours since 17 October 2000. Night discharge and operations have been disrupted. Operations during the day have also been partially affected as most offices are working with a skeleton staff and closing earlier for safety reasons.

Source: Gulf Agency and Shipping Nigeria Ltd., Lagos