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Monday, September 24, 2018

PORT INFORMATION

IS THE FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY IN THE SUEZ CANAL FINALLY GOING TO BE STOPPED?

In a letter dated 16 September 2000 the Red Sea Ports General Authority in Port Tewfik has decreed that marine contractors are to deal only with the official shipping agent for a vessel.  INTERTANKO has been addressing this issue for years, and is supporting the Authority in its efforts to enhance the situation for vessels transiting the Suez Canal or calling at Egyptian ports.

QUOTE

Article 1:

It is forbidden for maritime contractors to deal directly with masters or vessel’s crew transiting the Suez Canal or berthed in Egyptian ports but only to deal with the vessel’s official shipping agent.

Article 2:

In case of contravention of Art. 1 the working permit given to the contravening contractor will be suspended for a period of 6 months and will be cancelled in case of repetition.

Article 3:

This decree to be published and applied from date of issuance.

UNQUOTE

Source: Worms Services Maritimes, Paris/Minister of Transport, Egypt

 

FURTHER SURPRISE FROM THE IRAQIS

While the issue of making legal payments in IQD for the currently levied port disbursements in Mina al Bakr remains unsolved, the Iraqi state oil company, SOMO, has launched a new surprise.  We understand that a general circular has gone out to all involved oil companies and traders informing that an extra 50 cents a barrel has to be paid into a non-UN account as from 1 December 2000. Non-payment will reportedly lead to future contracts “not being honoured”. It is still premature to assess to which extent the oil industry will go along with this request and how it will affect the competitiveness of Iraqi crude oil in the international market.  Our members will be kept updated.

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