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Saturday, January 20, 2018

PORT NEWS – Brazil, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, USA

BRAZIL/SÃO FRANCISCO DO SUL – DREDGING

In order to guarantee a depth of 12 metres, dredging operations will commence shortly at the new Terfran Terminal.  The dredging is expected to take 40 days.
The construction of the pier is nearing completion and will have a length of 225 metres and a permissible loading draught of up to 12 metres.  The terminal is expected in operation by January 2001.
Source:  MARCON Ltda., Paranagua

NIGERIA/BONNY – FORCE MAJEURE DECLARED

Bonny Offshore terminal operator Shell has declared force majeure effective from 6 November 2000 due to reduction of production resulting from validation of the export licence. News of further development will be given as they become available.  This information is given without liability.
Source:  Gulf Agency and Shipping (Nigeria) Ltd., Lagos

QATAR/DOHA – CONFERENCE LIKELY TO CAUSE DISRUPTION

According to Gulf Agency Qatar, the Islamic Conference to be held in Doha during 12-14 November 2000 is likely to cause some disruption to port services. While the port is due to work normally, restrictions on the adjacent road network are expected to cause delays to the movement of in- and outbound cargo.  Also the airport is expected to suspend commercial operations during the conference, which may disrupt crew changes.  The hotels at Doha are fully booked for the duration of the conference.
Source:  Gulf Agency Qatar, Doha

SAUDI ARABIA/JUBAIL – FUMIGATION OF VESSELS

With immediate effect all vessels arriving from Yemen or African ports are to be fumigated as soon as possible after berthing. A specialised company must carry out the fumigation.  They should be brought into the port and embark as soon as inward clearance is obtained. Vessel’s agent is to report to the coast guard to obtain the required gate and boarding Passes.  Safety procedures must be followed strictly.
Source:  Gulf Agency Company Saudi Arabia, Jubail/King Fahd Industrial Port, Jubail

SAUDI ARABIA/JUBAIL – NEW ITEM IN REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

King Fahd Industrial Port advises that as from 6 November 2000 the registration telex should include additional item 20a:
“Is propeller fully immersed?  If not, what percentage of propeller is immersed?”
Source:  Gulf Agency Company Saudi Arabia, Jubail/King Fahd Industrial Port, Jubail

SINGAPORE – PHASE OUT OF CATEGORY B BUNKER TANKERS

Category B bunker tankers will be allowed to supply bunkers till the end of year 2000.  With effect from 1 January 2001 only SB licensed bunker tankers which have met the Category A standards will be allowed to supply bunkers to vessels in port.
Source:  Gulf Agency (Singapore) Pte. Ltd./Maritime and Port Authority, Singapore

USA/CORPUS CHRISTI – NEW CHANNEL RESTRICTION

In Corpus Christi Inner Harbour a new channel restriction has been established between Corpus Christi Elevator and Citgo Dock No. 1.  As from 6 October 2000 the combined beam of vessels at the two above terminals and passing vessels cannot exceed 352 feet (107.3 metres).
Source:  G. M. Richards Enterprises Inc., Houston/The Port of Corpus Christi Authority

USA/SAN FRANCISCO BAY – SHOALING IN THE CARQUINEZ STRAIT

According to an article by Jim Lamb, San Francisco, draught restraints have been placed on tankers navigating the Carquinez Strait, the primary waterway leading to two oil refineries, the Ultramar and the Shell refineries. Due to shoaling in the strait the draught has been reduced to 31 feet in some places.  A tanker hit a sandbank on 1 November 2000.  Neither pollution nor environmental damage has been reported due to this incident. The US Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled emergency dredging of the channel; however, no timetable has been established so far.  INTERTANKO will monitor the situation and keep our members advised.
Source: Lloyd’s List 8 November 2000