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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Libya - age limitation on tankers

Further to our Weekly NEWS No. 27 of 07 July 2000, the Maritime Transport Authority in Libya has again extended decree No. 404 for the year 1993 till 28 February 2001.  INTERTANKO will approach the authorities regarding the regulation after the above date expires, and keep our members advised.  Any enquiries can be directed to:

Source:  Worms Services Maritimes, Paris

Panama Canal – distribution of information and regulations

Further to our Weekly NEWS No. 01 of 05 January 2001, members are reminded that the Panama Canal Authority commenced their all-electronic mailing system as from 01 January 2001, hence, the telex service is discontinued.

In addition to the electronic mailing of MR Notices, Advisories and Directives, these are also found on the Panama Canal web site. Please click here to access the web site

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

Singapore - gas free certificates

A Gas Free Certificate issued by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore has a validity of seven (7) days from the date of issue, after which the certificates will automatically expire.  The Gas Free Certificate shall expire at midnight on the seventh (7th) day from the date of issue.  However, notwithstanding the said seven (7) days validity period, any change in the condition or state of the examined parts of the vessel subsequent to the examination by the Port Chemist shall immediately invalidate the certificate.  For more clarification please contact Manager Tan Ke Wat, Marine Environment and Hazardous Cargo Department on tel/fax +65-3252422/3252429.

Sources: Gulf Agency (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Singapore/MPA, Singapore

USA/Houston –update of ship channel closure

Further to our Weekly NEWS Nos. 01 of 05 January and 02 of 12 January 2001, as a result of a telephone conference call between the various interested parties on 03 January 2001, modification to the schedule has been received.  The bid opening will take place on 17 January and the successful contractor should be announced shortly thereafter.

The complete closure of the Ship Channel under the bridge will commence at 0730 on 27 January and continue each day for five (5) days until 1600 in the afternoon.

In other words, there will be no vessel traffic allowed on 27, 28, 29,30 or 31 January from 0730 until 1600.  There will be no vehicular traffic over the bridge during the period.  This modification allows vessels to arrive and depart from the Turning Basin while the repairs are going on, and provides the authority a better opportunity to continue business close to normal.  Needless to say, if the contractor finds that the repair is going faster than estimated, the channel and the bridge will open sooner.

Once the Contractor has been selected, TEXDOT and U.S. Coast Guard will review the operations with him and advise any additional requirements that may be necessary.  Further enquiries can be sent to the agent or to 

Source:  RioMar Agencies Inc., Houston/West Gulf Maritime, Houston