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Monday, October 15, 2018


Egypt/Suez Canal – increase of maximum permissible draught

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) advises that as from mid April 2001 the maximum permissible draught for SCA TST will be increased to 62 feet instead of the present 58 feet for transits both south and north.  Further information will be published when received.

Source: Worms Services Maritimes, Paris

South Africa/Durban –SBM maintenance

From 10 to 30 May 2001 the Durban SBM will be out of service for replacement of the temporary SBM.  The original SBM is expected to return to service 31 May 2001 after a major overhaul.  With the return to service of the SBM the facility will revert to handling VLCCs up to a maximum of 330,000 DWT.

Sources: GAC Shipping (S.A.) (PTY) LTD., Durban / Sapref Durban

UAE – issue of visas

With effect from 01 April 2001 nationals of the following countries shall be issued entry permits upon arrival in the UAE.

Western Europe:

France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino and Liechtenstein.

Other Countries:

USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

Sources: GAC Shipping Ltd. AB, Stockholm / UAE Ministry of Interior

UAE/Fujairah – barges/boats not allowed alongside tankers

In order to enhance safety and in view of the potential fire hazards involved in the petroleum tanker and terminal operations, the port authority at Fujairah does not allow any kind of barges/boats alongside a tanker at their jetties.

Sources: Gulf Agency Company (Fujairah) PVT. LTD. (W.L.L.), Fujairah / VopakENOC Terminal Engineer, Fujairah

USA/Texas City – oil spill

Last week an oil spill occurred in Texas City resulting to the closure of docks Nos. 30 to 67.  Apparently the cargo arms connected to a tanker leaked and spilled oil onto the water.  On 16 March  traffic resumed to all docks at Texas City.  AMOCO dock No. 40, however, will be out of service for at least one month due to repairs to the cargo arms.

Source: Moran-Gulf Shipping Agencies, Houston