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Thursday, October 18, 2018


 Egypt/Suez Canal – maximum draught

The Suez Canal Authority has issued a circular for loaded Southbound and Northbound vessels which takes effect as of 26 July 2001. Please click here to view the circular.

An amended beam and draught table is also available from Worms by e-mail or please contact Milly Tseng e-mail

Source: Worms, Paris

Greece/all ports – change in visa requirements for crew members

A new regulation came into effect on 17 July 2001 whereby Brazilian, Bulgarian and Polish crew members are no longer required to go through the visa approval procedure in order to enter Greece.

Source: Gulf Agency Company

Syria/Banias – “illegal practices” continue

Approximately two weeks after our article in Weekly NEWS No 27 of 6 July regarding the latest positive response on illegal practices from the Directorate of Ports, Lattakia, we were informed by a member that this illegal practice of extortion still persists in Banias. On this occasion the Master was asked to conceal cigarettes for the Pilot and the mooring staff. The Master showed signs of hesitation and was then informed that ‘weather conditions were not too good.’ The ‘cigarette rate’ for fair weather was 25, 10 and 5 cartoons of cigarettes for the pilot, mooring and unmooring crew respectively.

The authorities – customs, harbour master, immigration and agent, also had ‘oversized briefcases’. A document from the General Directorate of Ports had to be signed before work could continue and the rate for clearance was 20 cartoons of cigarettes and 80 litres of white paint.

In order that INTERTANKO may broach this issue with the authorities, the full identity of those involved is necessary. Members experiencing similar problems are encouraged to inform INTERTANKO. Please contact Milly Tseng by e-mail  Source: not revealed

Yemen/Aden – New port limit

With effect from 1 August 2001, the Port of Aden demarcation lines/limits will be as follows:

A line connects Ras Abu Qiammah in the direction of 166 degrees for a distance of 1.76 miles to a point Lat N 12 42.00 and Long E 44 54.00. Then a line heading east 090 degrees to a point Lat N 12 42.00 and Long E 45 00.00. Followed by a line heading towards 007 degrees for a distance of 3.18 miles up to Round Island.

The old boarding point which is printed on the approach maps will be cancelled. There will be one pilot boarding point for all vessels calling at the port of Aden regardless of their purpose of call or berthing arrangement. The new pilot boarding point will be at Lat N 12 44.00 and Long E 44 57.00.

Source: Gulf Agency Company Ltd.