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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Brazil – power shortage imminent
Panama Canal –Locks Lane Outages (Advisory No. A-30-2001)
U.S.A./Philadelphia – advance notice of transfer of oil or hazardous materials

Brazil – power shortage imminent

Central Brazil is facing a dramatic shortage of electric power, and considerable power savings appear mandatory. There is every reason to expect that tanker ports could also be affected. Our members would be well advised to check for further developments before fixing and to seek suitable protection in future charter parties for delays, deviations and other effects of unexpected energy cuts.

Source: Lloyd’s List

Panama Canal –Locks Lane Outages (Advisory No. A-30-2001)

For an update on planned work on Pedro Miguel, Miraflores and Gatun Locks, please see:

Sources: Panama Canal Authority, Panama and Salvesen & Odd As, Oslo

U.S.A./Philadelphia – advance notice of transfer of oil or hazardous materials

The new policy was effective 1 June 2001 and calls for a notification of four (4) hours to be given to the Marine Safety Office/Group (MSO) Philadelphia, prior to the time of transfer of oil or hazardous materials. Such notification will improve efficiency of the random monitoring of bulk cargo transfer operations, which are being carried out by the very limited staff of the Captain of the Port (COTP). It will promote a more efficient use of resources, give knowledge of port activities, support Coast Guard personnel needs and be consistent with port activities and risk-based criteria.

The following information will be required in the notification:

  1. Off-loading vessel/facility name
  2. Loading vessel/facility name
  3. Transfer location
  4. Product being transferred
  5. Quantity of product transferred
  6. Estimated start and stop times
  7. Date

The notification may be given by e-mail to: mailto:MSO_GRUPHIL@YAHOO.COM through submission of periodical company schedules, via fax No. (215) 271 4892, or online:  Other forms of communication may also be considered.

The new policy applies to any vessel or facility, fixed or mobile, conducting transfers to or from a vessel capable of holding 250 barrels or more of oil. It is not based on how much product is being transferred, but the capacity of the vessel. The duty to give the notification rests with the entity supplying the product. If a vessel is discharging cargo, it is the vessel that must ensure that the notification is given. If a vessel is taking on fuel, the notification must be given by the facility providing the fuel.

Source: G. M. Richards Enterprises, Inc., Wilmington