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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Italy/Venice – Ship inspection prior to arrival

Further to similar requirements implemented by Cagliari and Sicily, reported in our Weekly NEWS Nos. 43 and 44/2000, Venice has implemented similar requirements for tankers bound for Porto Marghera with effect from 15 January 2001.

1/ Single hull tankers over 500 GT carrying MARPOL Annex I or II products will no longer be permitted to enter the Venice lagoon.

2/ Double hull tankers over 500 GT carrying MARPOL Annex I or II products must be surveyed/inspected prior to entering the Venice lagoon.

More details may be obtained from the agent.

Sources:  Gulf Agency Company Ltd., Amaroussion/Ordinance No. 109/2000;  SIB Società a Responabilità Limitata, Milano


Panama/Panama Canal – electronic mailing

Effective from 01 January 2001 the all-electronic mailing system  commenced.  Hence, all Advisories and Notices to Shipping are distributed through electronic e-mail only, but will continue to be available on

As a result of the implementation of the electronic service the TELEX service has been discontinued effective from 01 January 2001.

An overview over Notices issued for the year 2001:

MR Notice to Shipping:

No. N-1-2001 – Vessel Requirements

No. N-2-2001 – Harbour Operations

No. N-3-2001 – Communications on Transit Activities

No. N-4-2001 – Illegal Activities on Transiting Ships

No. N-5-2001 – Official, Courtesy and Guest Transits

No. N-6–2001 - Embarking and Disembarking during Transit

No. N-7-2001 – Panama Canal Vessel Transit Reservation System

No. N-8-2001 – Attachment of Vessel by Panama Maritime Tribunal

No. N-9-2001 – Marine Accident Investigations

No. N-10-2001- Operational Equipment Test

No. N-11-2001- Operation of Commercial and Non-Commercial Small Craft in Panama Canal Waters

Source: Panama Canal Authority


USA/Houston – Ship Channel closure update


Due to damage of the Houston Ship Channel Bridge caused by a vessel 21 December 2000 the traffic to this part of the port, primarily Port of Houston City docks, was restricted.  However, the Houston Ship Channel in the vicinity of the I-610 Bridge was re-opened to all traffic for vessels with draughts not to exceed 35 feet at 22 December 2000.  Pending the final repairs to the bridge all mariners are warned to exercise caution to the possibility of falling debris.


The VTS Houston/Galveston directs no vessel movements in the Houston Ship Channel in the vicinity of the Houston Ship Channel Light 132 for maintenance on the Carpenters Bayou/Deer Park Power Highlights during the following dates and times:

04 January 2001 from 0800 to 1300.

05 January 2001 from 0800 to 1200.

06 January 2001 from 0800 to 1200.

07 January 2001 from 0800 to 1200.

08 January 2001 from 0800 to 1200.

Source:  Moran-Gulf Shipping Agencies, Houston;  RioMar Agencies Inc., Houston