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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


ALERT! – Grounding in Lake Maracaibo

Further to our articles in P&T Circulars No. 04 and 28/2000 on planned dredging in the Maracaibo Channel and  reported silting close to buoy No. 28, a tanker has grounded again. 19 December 2000 at 0930 a tanker grounded approximately 0.3 n.m. from the fairway buoy No. 33 with a reported draught of 37 feet 03 inches FW.  The vessel was re-floated at 1330 hours and continued her outbound voyage. INTERTANKO endeavours to collect further information on the incident in order to plan appropriate action.

Source: Vinodol, C.A., Maracaibo

Rotterdam may ease pilotage rules

In a cost-cutting drive the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management (RMPM) is planning to exempt vessels up to 90 m L.o.a. from compulsory pilotage.  RMPM is developing  a system which is expected to cut about 20% of the current 60,000 annual compulsory pilotage operations.  The implementation of this system is scheduled for mid-June 2001. At the Mare Forum conference in Rotterdam 13 December 2000 Mr. Struijs said: “It is all a question of unnecessary pilotage.  The current safety level will continue to be taken into account”.    Mr. Struijs further added: “On the basis of (a) risk profile, the state harbourmaster will shortly be determining which services are necessary”. INTERTANKO is awaiting the planned measures aimed to maintain the safety of navigation in this heavily congested port.

Source: Article in Fairplay Daily News 13 December 2000