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Monday, October 15, 2018

PORT NEWS

Colombia – registering of all calling ships

INTERTANKO has been informed that at the latest by 2 October 2001 all foreign and domestic vessels that call at Colombian ports must be duly registered with the Maritime Authority.  This can be arranged via a local agent or legal representative. In order for a company to be registered in Colombia, a considerable amount of information must be sent to the Maritime Authority.

Please click here to link to the list of information that must be sent to the Maritime Authority.

Egypt/Alexandria – reply regarding gratuities

We have now received a reply to our telefax of 12 March (and several reminders) from the Chairman of the Alexandria Port Authority concerning requests for gratuities.

The response from the Alexandria Port Authority says that their “studying and discussing” locally has established that “there is no defined case or incident that needs investigation” and that “Masters of vessels have to notify the Port Authority in case there is any incident by fax or telex and they should not accept any gratuities”.

We are concerned that the issue is not being taken very seriously by the Port Authority, and in order to pursue this further, we encourage Masters to secure the names of all port officials demanding unacceptable gratuities.  With such information we can hope that the local authorities will realise that effective action will have to be taken to redeem the port’s reputation.  We are continuing to communicate with the Alexandria Port Authority on this issue.

Source: Alexandria Port Authority, Alexandria

Contact: Steinar Digre PortsandTerminals@intertanko.com

Indonesia/Dumai – threat of  blockade

Local activists are threatening to blockade the Coastal Plains Pekanbaru (CPP) operation at the Minas site 9 August in protest against the extension of PT Caltex Pacific Indonesia’s contract to operate the CPP oil block.

The contract was due to expire 8 August and to be taken over by the local Riau government together with Pertamina.  The central government, however, insists that its extension is essential to the continuity of production.  The local community has however demanded that the central government revoke its decision and that 30% of the profits from CPI be given to the province.

So far port operations have not been disrupted.  However, if the Minas site is affected, exports can still be expedited from the Duri site.  INTERTANKO will keep members advised as information becomes available.

Source: Gulf Agency Hot Port News

Nigeria – Notice of readiness for import vessels

With immediate effect notice of readiness for product vessels calling at Nigerian ports under the charter of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Ltd. (PPMCL) must be accompanied by arrival information and ship particulars. This was announced by PPMCL, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company in a letter of 26 July 2001.

Source: Gulf Agency Company Hot Port News

UAE – update on flag ban

Further to Weekly NEWS No. 27 the Dubai Port Authority (DPA) has received instructions from the Ministry of Communications regarding vessels registered in the following countries:

Albania, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Comoros, Georgia, Grenadines, Honduras, Maldives, Mauritius and St. Vincent.

The Cabinet's Decision No.23 for 2001 prohibits vessels flying these flags from entering UAE ports, waiting at anchor or sailing in territorial waters unless they carry a valid classification certificate issued by any of the following members of the International Association of Classification Societies (I.A.C.S.):

  • Lloyds Register of Shipping (LR), UK
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), USA
  • Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK), Japan
  • Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), Russia
  • Bureau Veritas (BV), France
  • Korean Register of Shipping (KR), Korea
  • Germanischer Lloyd (GL), Germany
  • Chinese Register of Shipping (CCS), China
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Norway
  • Registry Italiana Naval (RINA), Italy

The Harbour Master will detain any vessel contravening this law and, accordingly, information will be passed to Port State Control for further necessary action.

Furthermore, DPA wishes to state that the Ministry's decision is in line with DPA's circular of 1 July 2001, Ref. DPA/165/06/01 bearing the title “Rejection/Detention of Sub-Standard Ships" which remains applicable.

Source: Gulf Agency Company Hot Port News/Dubai Ports Authority notice Ref. DPA/169/07/01

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