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Monday, April 23, 2018

PORT ISSUES

Restrictions due to growing concern for international terrorism and piracy

Due to the growing concern over international terrorism and piracy, in addition to the safety precautions previously taken by the U.S. Government, amongst others, the Indian authorities have announced that small, unauthorised craft must not approach vessels.

The Cochin port authority has added a new clause to their port regulations which stipulates that no floating craft shall approach within 50 metres of any vessel berthed or anchored including in the naval and shipyard area. Transgressors will be dealt with severely.

Last week the Salalah Port Authority issued a similar directive forbidding small craft, other than port boats, from transferring goods and personnel to vessels at anchor.

In general, masters are well advised to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities, both in ports and offshore, to the Maritime Liaison Office, Bahrain (MARLO) on their 24-hour duty telephone +973 940 1935, to their nearest consulate, or to the nearest U.S. Embassy.

Contact: Steinar Digre

Sources: Barwil Gulf News; Barber (Dubai) Shipping Agency Co. (LLC), Dubai

Calling Alexandria

We have been informed by a member that he has waited since December 1998 for a final Disbursements Account for a call in Alexandria during December 1998. Consequently, the USD 26,000 advanced to the agent has still not been accounted for.

INTERTANKO contacted the agent in Alexandria, who advised that the D/A was initially sent "in 1999" and that "due to a bad accident in our main office last year which destroyed some of our stored documents", they would endeavour to compile a new set of documents. Since this contact the owner, and INTERTANKO, have now waited a further month for the new set of documents to arrive, or for an update on the situation, but to no avail.

Source: Protected