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Thursday, October 18, 2018


INCIDENT ALERT – another berthing incident at Novorossiysk

Further to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 09 of 02 March 2001, problems connected with pilotage at Novorossiysk are again being experienced.  An alarming report has been received from a master on a VLCC. Please click here to read the full report

INTERTANKO has taken steps to encourage a joint industry approach towards the Russian authorities at the highest level with an urgent request to intervene and stop the deteriorating pilotage situation at Novorossiysk including lifting the ban on pilots organised within the Russian Maritime Pilots’ Association (RMPA).

According to signals received by INTERTANKO, it is feared that similar ban on RMPA organised pilots is likely to spread to other major ports within the Russian Federation.

For further inquiries please contact Capt. Digre mail to

Sources: Protected

Update on grounding incident at Zhanjiang

Further to INCIDENT ALERT in Weekly NEWS No. 08 of 23 February 2001, the only information received by the Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a Chinese Temporary Notice to Mariners 23/342(T)/01, which was issued as BA Temporary NtoM 569/01.

Until UKHO receives confirmed information from the Chinese authorities, it will not be possible to issue definitive charting information.  Chart affected 3349.

Source: UKHO, Dalrymple

CORRECTION: SBM damage – oil spill - Singapore

We have received a correction from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 10 of 09 March 2001 with the title ‘Tug charges at SRC and Esso SBMs Singapore’.   Our reference sources suggested the damage “caused some 1,000 mt of oil pollution”.

MPA advises that the spill amounted to not more than 100 barrels, i.e. about 16 mt.  INTERTANKO sincerely apologies for publishing an exaggerated amount of oil spilled based on inaccurate information received.

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore