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Monday, September 24, 2018


Kuwait/Mina Saud – new max sailing draught

Due to the construction of an SBM at Mina Saud, the sailing draught should not exceed 14.85 metres with effect from 7 November 2001.

Source: Gulf Agency Company (Kuwait) Ltd., Safat


Panama/Gatun Locks – West lane closed 11 days for repairs

From Monday, 22 October, 0001 hours through Thursday, 01 November, 2359 hours (11 days) the West lane will be out of service. Relay operations will be conducted on the East lane. In order to rehabilitate 1,237 linear feet of return track, replacement of the vehicular bridge #3, installation of fibre optic in the switch gears in various transformer rooms, repairs of submerged equipment, clean and repair of the conductor slot and other miscellaneous work, the closing of the West lane is necessary.

Sources: Barwil Agencies, S.A.(Panama) and Panama Canal Authority

Singapore - new immigration regulations with immediate effect

Following the US terrorist attack, the Singapore Immigration Department has issued the following new immigration regulations for vessels calling at Singapore:

No advance immigration clearance will be granted to vessels, and physical immigration clearance must be carried out at the Western Quarantine/Immigration Anchorage for vessels that call Singapore as follows:

  • Vessels with Middle East crew on board.
  • Vessels whose last or next port of call is the Middle East or Pakistan.

No circular from the Immigration Department has been issued and the regulations will be enforced until further notice from the Immigration Department.

Extra port costs will be incurred:

In view of the new regulations, extra pilotage fees and port dues will be incurred for shifting vessel first to Western Quarantine/Immigration Anchorage for immigration clearance, and thereafter to working anchorage for the bunkering operations. The same procedures govern for departure.

The Worldscale Association find it difficult to quantify the incurred costs and anticipate these measures are of a temporary nature, hence there will be no adjustment to the flat rates.

Source: The Worldscale Association, London

Singapore – visit visas required

From 2 October visitors holding passports or other travel documents issued by Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan require visas to enter Singapore:

Source: GAC Hot Port News

USA/Florida – FMC hearing on tugboat service competition postponed

In certain ports in Florida the tugboat service is being offered by one company only, which for all practical purposes means a monopoly.  Other tugboat companies are looking into the possibility of offering their services. Generally the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) does not sanction monopolies in maritime services, and a hearing was initially planned for end September 2001 but it has been postponed.

In general terms INTERTANKO is opposed to monopolies.  This led to INTERTANKO’s support in the industry’s endeavours to stop the exclusive tug contracting in the Mississippi and adjacent areas.

INTERTANKO will keep members updated.

Contact:Steinar Digre

Source: Protected

USA/Philadelphia – dredging of upriver anchorages temporarily suspended

Further to the report in Weekly NEWS No. 38/01 dated 21 September, upriver anchorages of the Delaware river have been temporarily suspended until the first week of December 2001.

Web link: for details

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