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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PORT ISSUES

** Greece ratifies Turkey accord

INTERTANKO has addressed this issue over the years and finally improvement is a possibility. The following article appeared in Fairplay Daily News on 29 November 2000:

A 25-year-old Turkish ban on ships arriving from a previous call at Cyprus is to end following the ratification of a Turkish-Greek shipping accord by the Greek parliament 29 November 2000.

Other provisions of the accord include free access to cargoes, facilitation of ships in port, free movement of seafarers, reciprocal recognition of ship documents and seafarers? certificates issued in either country, and co-operation in search and rescue operations in the Aegean Sea.

Although the bilateral agreement was approved unanimously in parliament, members of the opposition expressed doubts as to whether Turkey will abide by it. For years, the shipping communities of Greece and Turkey have been lobbying their governments to rise above their long-standing political differences and sign such an accord.

Source: Fairplay Daily News 30 November 2000

** Distribution of Weekly NEWS

The Ports & Terminals Section would like to remind the membership that should you in addition wish to have the Weekly NEWS distributed automatically to your chartering and/or operation desk, or other sections within your organisation, please advise the relevant email address(es) to weekly.news@intertanko.com

** Congolese freight tax

We have been informed that the national line, Compagnie Maritime du Congo (CMDC), has sent a letter to all port agents in the Republic of Congo stating that it has signed a contract of exclusivity with the Congolaise des Hydrocarbures (COHYDRO) for the transport of hydrocarbons to and from Congo.

As COHYDRO have no tankers themselves, they have decided to retrocede their traffic right against a retrocession commission (freight tax). When a foreign transporter substitutes the role of CMDC and COHYDRO, the latter will invoice the transporter for a ?commercial retrocession commission? as per the following pattern:

Refined products imported or exported: 7.5 pct

Crude oil imported or exported: 5.0 pct, both based on the ?all in? freight.

Questions have been raised as to the legality of this commission, considering that the decision is purely an initiative of the CMDC. The issue has subsequently gained the full support of the Congo Freight Bureau (OGEFREM) and the government.

The captioned freight tax comes as an addition to the ?Shippers Council Export and Import Taxes? and the ?Rights on Congolese Traffic Share?, both implemented 29 January 1998. (Please see article in the P&T circular of May 1998). These taxes are normally settled by charterers.

The cost of the new Freight Tax will not be compensated by Worldscale in line with customary policy on freight taxes. Our members are therefore well advised to be focused on this new tax when negotiating new charter parties involving a call at Congolese ports.

Source: SDV Transami NV/Transintra, Antwerp