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Sunday, October 21, 2018


Canada/The Great Lakes – opening of 2001 navigation season


The opening of the 2001 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times:

Montreal – Lake Ontario including Welland Canal 23 March 2001 at 0800 hours (E.S.T.).



The Canadian Sault St. Marie Lock is closed to navigation for an indefinite period of time.

United States:

United States Soo Locks will open 25 March 2001.

Source: The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Ontario

Egypt/Suez Canal – deliveries of spares to vessels in transit

The Cairo Airport Customs Management has advised that a tax of 1% on the value plus dues of all parcels (i.e. spares consignments, documents etc.) would be charged under the item “Transit services” for deliveries to vessels in transit.

Source: Worms Services Maritimes, Paris

Italy/Venice/Porto Marghera – tanker inspection regulations

With reference to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 09 about ordinance No. 109/2001, which is found under this link (one number was omitted from the web string in our previous article), it is noted that some points in the ordinance are far from clear.

As an established example, the question about chemical carriers with oil notation still remains to be clarified. INTERTANKO has requested RINA to check the details in the ordinance.  Until all is clear INTERTANKO recommends members to contact their Class when in doubt.

Source: Hugo Trumpy Group, Genoa

Norway/Kaarstoe – EDP at Kaarstoe

We have been advised that as from 01 March 2001 Kaarstoe LPG Termial will no longer be using EDP on a regular basis.  For more details please click here

Source: Falck Shipping A/S, Aksdal

Panama Canal – sanitation and communicable disease prevention

The Panama Canal Authority advises that in order to protect the health of PCA employees, activities related to fumigation shall be performed only after all PCA inspection officers have disembarked.  Non-compliance will cause unnecessary delay to the vessel.

Source: Panama Canal Authority, Balboa

Singapore – temporary holding anchorage for VLCCs

With effect from 01 March 2001, a temporary holding anchorage is designated for very large crude carriers about 1.5 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Sudong.  This is a controlled anchorage, which requires permission from the Port Master prior to anchoring.  The controlling depth is 19 metres.

All vessels including working craft engaged in dredging work are to keep clear of the temporary anchorage when a VLCC is anchored.

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