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Monday, June 25, 2018

PORT NEWS

India/Kandla – update after earthquake damages

Night navigation has been suspended until further notice.  Handling of butadiene and acrylonitrile has been suspended at Oil jetties Nos. 1 and 2, and the jetties are officially withdrawn from service.

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

Malacca and Singapore Straits – anchoring prohibited

Vessels have been observed anchoring off the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) and precautionary Areas in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.  These vessels are not

only obstructing port approaches and traffic flow but they also pose a risk to the safety of navigation and the marine environment.  There have been reported cases of incidents

involving vessels manoeuvring to anchor off the TSS and Precautionary Areas.

In view of the above, vessels are advised not to anchor in all areas in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore between the landward limit of the TSS, or precautionary

area, and adjacent port limits.  Vessels are to anchor in the appropriate anchorages designated by the three littoral States.

Sources: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore/Gulf Agency (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Russia/Novorossiysk – vessel traffic system and further pilot disputes

The Russian Ministry of Transport has issued a type-approval certificate for a VTS in the port of Novorossiysk able to track up to 500 targets simultaneously.  The workstation is connected to three radar sites, and the display units have access to a customized vessel database.

Source: GAC Athens Hub Agency Centre/Transway, Novorossiysk

Tanzania/Dar-es-Salaam – new berthing parameters and restrictions

Recently the main Kurasini Oil Jetty (KOJ 1) suffered structural damage while accommodating a large tanker.  Due to this incident a maximum 40,000 summer DWT at the KOJ 1 has been implemented.  The coastal tanker jetty KOJ 2 has a restriction of maximum 5,000 DWT.

Tankers which are not performing to the port’s “efficiency level” will no longer be permitted to stay alongside the jetty when other tankers are waiting to berth.  Under-performing tankers will have to shift at owners’ expense, and will only be permitted to re-berth when there are no other tankers waiting to berth. In order to enhance safety in the port only tankers up to 15 years of age are cleared to enter the port of Dar-es-Salaam.  Older tankers may be allowed provided the tanker’s last call at Dar-es-Salaam met with the port’s “efficiency level”, and the tanker is certified accordingly and has no deficiencies.

Source:  GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm/Tanzania Harbours Authority