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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Brazil – Temporary V Consular Visa – a further update

Shipping Consultoria, Rio de Janeiro, has made further observations on the issue of Temporary V Consular Visas and recommends a course of action for foreign owners with foreign-flag vessels under time-charter to a Brazilian company.

Please click here for a further update.

Source: Shipping Consultoria, Rio de Janeiro

Night berthing sought for tankers in Japan

THE Petroleum Association of Japan has asked the Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) and others to seek official permission to allow product tankers to berth at night. Product tankers receive stevedoring services under certain conditions after dark, but the Maritime Safety Agency bans them from coming alongside after dark. The Petroleum Association argues that if product tankers could berth after dark, their operational efficiency would increase and time in port for vessels carrying hazardous cargo would be reduced. In response to the association's call that tankers of 300,000 DWT and above be allowed to enter Tokyo Bay, tankers up to 315,000 DWT are now permitted to enter the Keihin Kawasaki Sea Berth and the Tonen Ogishima East Sea Berth, provided they are double hulled and their draught is less than 21 m at the time of entry.

Source: Fairplay Daily News

Update on the pilot strike in Russia

Congestion in the ports affected by the strike in Russian ports, which was announced to commence 7 August and reported in Weekly NEWS No. 32 of 10 August, is in the process of being cleared, according to Lloyd’s List article 13 August.  The authorities are in the process of certifying their own pilots to replace the commercial pilots, a process which is not yet completed.

The article further refers to “the conflict over pay between commercial maritime pilots and federal transport authorities”.  This statement is strongly opposed by the Russian Maritime Pilots’ Association (RMPA).  According to RMPA the only thing the pilots protested against and the reason for the strike is Decree No. 538 of 17 July 2001 issued by the Government of Russia prohibiting activity by non-state pilots in the main ports of Russia.  Furthermore, the ‘ban’ infringes the civil rights and the Constitution of Russia, RMPA claims.  The ‘ban’ was implemented without any prior talks with RMPA. 

However, in the process of replacing all the non-state pilots, it is important to INTERTANKO that the Federal Transport Ministry and the port administrations can guarantee the safety of the Russian waterways and ports during this transition period through an internationally acceptable training and certification process, and maintain an adequate upgrading and quality assurance of the new system for pilotage.

Sources: Lloyd’s List; Russian Maritime Pilots’ Association

Contact: Steinar Digre

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US and Russia sign bilateral agreement

The US-Russian 5-year bilateral maritime agreement signed last month in St. Petersburg allows Russian flag vessels to enter all but a dozen US ports with 24 hours’ notice.

The exceptions are mostly minor ports near US naval installations where Russian vessels must provide 72 hours’ notice. US flag vessels are subject to similar restrictions in Russia, and must provide 72 hours’ notice prior to entering Murmansk, Novorossiysk, Vladivostok and Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiy.

Source: Fairplay International Shipping Weekly