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Saturday, January 20, 2018

PORT NEWS

GUINEA/CONAKRY – CARGO THEFT

Recently the UK P&I Club has been made aware of dubious practices at Conakry.  In one instance during the discharge of jet A-1, gasoil and mogas the crew noticed that watchmen and people in uniform were transferring cargo direct from the shore pipeline into drums. 

The crew were then subjected to persistent demands from port representatives for quantities of the cargo, while during the night it was necessary to use fire hoses to keep the numerous boats demanding cargo at a distance, as well as protecting the ship from unauthorised boarding by means of the gangway.

To add to the master’s concern over safety and pollution, on completion of discharge, the ship was accused of illegal transfer of fuel. Our members are well advised to seek suitable protection against claims for cargo loss in future charter parties.

Source: UK P&I Club/External source

INDIA/TUTICORIN – PERMISSIBLE DRAUGHT INCREASED

The permissible draught allowed at VOC Berth No.11 has been increased to 8.7 metres with effect from 20 November 2000.  All agents are requested to inform their principals, Masters of the vessels and all concerned accordingly.

Source: GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm/T.P.T. Marine Department, Tuticorin

INDIA/NEW MANGALORE – REVISED DRAUGHT

The New Mangalore Port Authorities have revised the draught at Berth No. 10 (Crude oil discharge berth) to 14 metres, with one metre tide, with immediate effect. 

Maintenance dredging is still in progress and the Authorities are likely to waive the present requirement of one metre tide around 15 December 2000.

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

INDONESIA – PHYSICAL CHECKS OF VESSELS PRIOR T0 FREE PRATIQUE

Due to a recent outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in Singapore and Malaysia as well as Ebola virus in African countries, the Port Health Office of Jakarta has decided that all vessels with last port of call in Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen or Uganda must undergo a physical check before free pratique can be granted.  This may cause some delays in the inward clearance of the vessels.

Source: Andhika GAC, Jakarta

PANAMA CANAL – MARITIME REGULATION TO BE AVAILABLE ON BOARD VESSELS

The Panama Canal Authority requires that a copy of the Maritime Regulations for the Operation of the Panama Canal shall be maintained on board. One free copy in book form will be made available to every transiting vessel.

Additional copies may be ordered at a cost of USD 5.00 per book and USD 3.00 per CD.  Details for ordering and payment can be obtained from your local agent.

These regulations can also be downloaded from the Panama Canal’s website http://www.pancanal.com/eng/maritime/regulations/

Source: Barwil Agencies S.A., Panama City/Panama Canal Authority

UAE/FUJAYRAH – AVAILABILITY OF RECEPTION FACILITIES

Tank cleaning activities at Fujayrah Offshore Anchorage Area are allowed only for tankers that dispose and treat their sludge at treatment facilities based in Fujayrah. The transportation of oily sludge by road or sea from Fujayrah Port to reception facilities outside Fujayrah is prohibited.

Source: GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm/Fujayrah Port Authority