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Friday, March 23, 2018


Italy/Genoa G8 Summit – closure of oil harbour

Precautions have been taken against possible disruptions be caused by necessary measures during the G8 Summit to be arranged in Genoa in July 2001. The administration of the oil harbour has decided to close the harbour to all ships from 19 July 2001 0001 hours until 23 July 1200 hours.

Furthermore, with reference to the Genoa Commercial Area, the terminal S.A.A.R. which receives vegetable oils, tallow and edible oils will be closed 16th through 22nd July, however a tanker arriving 16th July AM would in all likelihood be accepted.  The Silomar terminals will in all likelihood be inoperative from 18th or 19th through 22nd July.  Final schedule is to be determined.

Source: Hugo Trumpy Group, Genoa


Italy/Venice Lagoon – Porto Marghera – ordinance for tankers

Referring to our previous articles on the restrictions imposed on tankers in the Venice Lagoon, we quote below the new ordinance No. 51/01 which cancels the previous one:

Art. 1) The ordinance No. 09/2001 dated 14 February 2001 and any further change or integration are abrogated.

Art. 2) the tankers that carry crude oils must supply to the port authority before 24 hours from the arrival copy of the IOPP and attachments along with copy of the report (forms A and B) referring to the last inspection carried out on board for Paris MoU 1982.

Art. 3) the chemical tankers must supply to the port authority before 24 hours from the arrival copy of the report (form A and B) referring to the last inspection carried out by the Paris MoU 1982.

Source: Hugo Trumpy Group, Genoa

 Nigeria/Escravos – update on strike

Further to Weekly NEWS No. 24, operations have resumed at the Escravos Terminal after indigenous workers called an end to their strike 17 June 2001.

Source: GAC Hot Port News/Gulf Agency and Shipping (Nigeria) Ltd., Lagos


Oman/Salalah – new requirements

All vessels calling at Port Salalah must have valid insurance covering liability towards third parties and wreck removal. Written proof of insurance, address, contact numbers and email of the insurer and their local agents must be presented along with the arrival notice.

During the monsoon season all vessels that regularly call at Port Salalah must inform the Port Control by VHF well before arriving at the pilot boarding position if they have a new Master on board.

Source:  GAC Hot Port News/Salalah Notice to Mariners Nos. 1 and 2/2001


Panama/Balboa and Cristobal – strike alert

Workers at the Balboa and Cristobal oil terminals are attending business as usual. However, they are still waiting for the Ministry of Labours to rule whether it is legal and they have the right to strike.

Delays in the delivery of bunkers are the result of high number of vessels to be supplied.

Source: C. Fernie & Co. S.A., Cristobal


Syria/Banias – premature optimism

Although we have received reports of somewhat improved treatment of ships’ crew members by port officials, the well known demands for “gifts” have apparently not subsided.  Likewise we do not find that our request of an upgrade of port safety has brought any positive changes. INTERTANKO consequently decided to approach the General Directorate of Ports once more in somewhat less diplomatic terms asking that the referred issues be addressed forthwith.  Please click here to for the full wording of INTERTANKO’s latest request.  For further information kindly contact Mr Gunnar Knudsen on e-mail


USA/Houston Ship Channel – update on waterway restrictions

The following update on waterway restrictions at Baytown Bend (HSC LT108 to B112A) and San Jacinto River was received from the US Coast Guard on 14 June 2001:

Through extensive collaborative efforts with the waterway users and operating companies (Houston Pilots, Texas Waterway Operators Association, and Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association), the Coast Guard has been able to monitor Tropical Storm Allison’s effects upon the Houston Ship Channel and its connecting waterways and act accordingly.

The shoaling in the Baytown Bend area continues to be, and will remain, a primary point of concern to the Coast Guard until the shoaling is dredged out and the Channel has returned to project depth in this reach. Through the efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers in providing cross channel surveys and the Houston Pilots in providing accurate feedback as to vessel dynamics through this bend, some modification has been made to the restrictions set forth in MSIB 14-01.

The no meeting or overtaking and minimum safe speed requirements from HSC LT108 to B112A remain in effect, along with the requirement for vessels with drafts of 35’ or greater to have assistance by one tug through the turn at Exxon. However, the maximum draft has been increased to 40’.

As the rate of flow of water coming out of the San Jacinto River has subsided, the Captain of the Port Houston-Galveston restriction for no vessel transits above the I-10 Bridge has changed in conjunction with the High Water Action Plan. Vessels may transit the I-10 Bridge during daylight hours only, however, tows with loaded barges must have an assist boat in company for 500’ on both sides of the bridge (i.e. 1000’ assist zone).

The I-10 Bridge is also a VTS reporting point for Lynchburg bound traffic and for vessels exiting the VTSA heading upriver. A no meeting or overtaking zone is in place on the Houston Ship Channel at the mouth of the River from HSC LT124 to LT130.

Source: Moran-Gulf Shipping Agencies, Houston/U.S. Coast Guard


ALERT ** Venezuela/Lake Maracaibo – new authorised sailing draughts

The draught restriction recently in force has been changed, according to the following:

“As per circular No. 008/2001 received from the Port Captain please be

advised as follows:

1/ Circular No. 007/2001 of June 15, 2001 is left without effect.

2/ The authorized draughts are reinstated as follows: (Effective 24.00 hrs June 18th, 2001)

High tide 37 feet 03 inches.

Mid tide  35 feet 03 inches.

Low tide 33 feet 03 inches.

3/ Between Buoy 65 and the EM buoy navigation will be one way only, under supervision of the Port Captaincy.  High tide traffic is to be made available to outgoing vessels, while inbound vessels must anchor at Buoy EM.  Only if no outgoing vessels are in the channel or scheduled to sail during high tide, inbound vessels will be permitted to proceed.  From buoy 65 southward, two-way traffic is permitted.

4/ Maximum authorized draft inbound is 33 feet 03 inches.

Sources: Canega Shipping Services, Houston; Agemar CA; Caracas; Vinodol, C.A., Maracaibo