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Wednesday, October 17, 2018



We have been informed by members that the Iraqis have issued a “Circular to owners of tankers calling Mina al Bakr”. The circular states that, “effective 1/1/2001 cost maintenance, tugs, pilotage, harbour master, mooring and unmooring will be applicable on all tankers calling Mina al Bakr for loading crude oil”. The owner’s payment must be received by Alia Transportation and General Trade in Amman, Jordan, prior to permission to berth being given. (All contact details including the name of the person in charge may be found on our web site).

“Tankers which have not paid charges will not be allowed to enter and berth at Al Bakr Terminal in future unless they have paid their previous outstanding charges incurred on their tankers since 1/6/2000”.

Apart from specifying clearly that non-paying vessels will be refused access to the terminal, as opposed to the earlier threat of blackmail, the most interesting part is that the listed scale of port cost SHOWS AN APPROXIMATE DOUBLING OF THE CHARGES.  For instance a VLCC of 170/180,000 GT will as per the new tariff pay ID 69,540,000 (equivalent to USD 34,770).  A Suezmax of 80,000 GT will be charged ID 53,376,000 (equivalent to USD 26,688).  The tariff is based on Iraqi Dinars (ID) but the counter values in EUR, JPY, DEM, FRF are listed as well.  According to UN, payments can still only be made in ID and payment in any other currency is illegal.

INTERTANKO is still working via UN and Norwegian national authorities to seek solutions. On the basis of recent input from the UN it appears that INTERTANKO’s time and efforts are best spent on searching for sources in the Middle East for the legal purchase of ID, at a fair rate of exchange and in sufficient quantities for the purpose of handling the frequency of ship calls at Mina al Bakr. INTERTANKO has so far not found Western merchant banks able to provide a solution to this matter but efforts will continue and members will be kept informed. Information which might contribute to clarifying this issue would be most appreciated and should be sent to Gunnar A. Knudsen, e-mail:  Direct phone: +47 22 12 26 58.

Click here for a copy of the complete circular on web.
Source: Protected


The local towage company advises that as bunker prices have continued to rise, a temporary bunker surcharge of GBP 60 per tug job is being implemented as from 15 November 2000 to absorb extra bunker costs.

The surcharge will remain in force for 3 months, after which it will be reviewed.  INTERTANKO will keep its members advised regarding any changes.
Source:  Graypen Limited, Sullom Voe