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Friday, October 19, 2018


Brazil - vessels importation and spare parts deliveries

After about a year of discussions, the Government Gazette of 19 November 2001 announced the new regulation for time charter vessels and their spare parts deliveries under the name "Normative Instruction 87/2001". It is now clear that coastal trading as well as ocean-going vessels will not be imported and will retain their right to receive spare parts in transit.

Source: Triaina Agencia Maritima Ltda., Rio de Janeiro

Canada/Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaways System - pre-entry information from foreign flag vessels

Referring to Seaway Notice No. 4, the following changes come into effect immediately:

1/ The pre-entry information listed in Seaway Notice No. 4 must be faxed to the traffic control centre, Massena, New York fax No. +1 (315) 764-1886 at least 96 hours prior to westbound entry of the St. Lawrence Seaway at C.I.P. 2 in Montreal.

2/ In addition to the 16 items listed in Seaway Notice No. 4, cargo must also be provided in the message.

The information provided to SLADC/SLSMC will be shared for security purposes with US and Canadian agencies involved in the security of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Sources: The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Cornwall: Saint Lawrence Seaway development Corporation, New York

India/Vizagapatnam - Increased permissible draughts

The maximum permissible draughts at the outer harbour at Vizagapatnam port for the

following berths have been increased, with immediate effect, as follows:

The Off-Shore Tanker Terminal, (OSTT): 17.00 metres.

Restrictions: on 0.5 metres tide. Previous draught: 15.00 metres

Source: GAC Hot Port News

Italy/Genoa - repair of the sea tower

Further to article in Weekly NEWS No. 41 of 12 October, repair work of the sea tower is still in progress. No date has yet been fixed for operations to resume.

Source: Hugo TrumpyGroup, Genoa

Kuwait/Mina al Zour - tankers approach and departure routes

Due to the construction of a pipeline and SBM at Mina Saud from 17 November 2001, tankers arriving at Mina Al Zour will drop anchor at the Pilot Boarding ground at 28 deg 45 min 46 sec N 48 deg 29 min 22 sec, or at a designated area as advised by the terminal, and shall wait for berthing instructions.

Effective 17 November till 22 December 2001, the maximum sailing draught from Mina Saud shall be 14.85 metres.

Since the new pipeline will be lying about 1 metre above the sea bed, tankers sailing out of the SBM berth shall not cross the new pipeline route, but shall pass north of the new pipeline.

Masters are strictly forbidden to anchor in the newly established prohibited anchorage area, but shall anchor within the new anchorage area coordinates. For details, masters are advised to contact the port authority or their agent.

Source: GAC Hot Port News

Singapore/Pulau Bukom - shutdown for maintenance work

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has advised that Wharf 4, Pulau Bukon, will be subject to a shutdown for maintenance work from 5 December 2001 to 20 January 2002.

According to the MPA Port Marine Notice No.146 of 2001 dated 23 November 2001, the work will be carried out within an area bounded by the following coordinates:

Point 1: 01 deg. 14.010' N / 103 deg. 46.352' E
Point 2: 01 deg. 14.030' N / 103 deg. 46.370' E
Point 3: 01 deg. 13.932' N / 103 deg. 46.471' E
Point 4: 01 deg. 13.912' N / 103 deg. 46.453' E

The working hours will be 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.

The working craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals. Divers will be engaged to clear debris from the seabed under the wharf.

Mariners are cautioned to:

(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
(b) proceed at slow speed; and
(c) navigate with caution when in the vicinity.

Source: GAC Hot Port News

Singapore - immigration clearance

With effect from 30 November, 2001, all liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and chemical carriers may be required to undergo immigration clearance at the LNG/LPG/Chemical Gas Carrier Anchorage (ALGAS), as and when an application for Advance Immigration Clearance (AIC) is denied.

All owners/agents of the above types of vessels are required to inform the Seamen's Section of Singapore Immigration & Registration at least 6 hours in advance of the arrival of such vessels by fax (Fax Nos: +65 2730053 or +65 2730054). In addition to the information required for the application for inward clearance, as stated in para 2 of the Port Marine Circular 48 of 1997, owners/agents of such vessels are also required to provide the following:

(a) Purpose of call, example: bunkering, loading cargo, crew change or ship repair;
(b) Intended movements of vessel in Singapore, example:
1st movement - Pilot Western Boarding Ground to ALGAS.
2nd movement - ALGAS to Pulau Sakra berth no: 3.
3rd movement - Pulau Sakra berth no: 3 to Petrochemical of Singapore berth no: 2.
4th movement - Petrochemical of Singapore berth no:2 to Sea.

For clarification of immigration clearance procedures, please contact the Seamen's Section of Singapore Immigration & Registration at telephone no: +65 2731384.

Source: Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore Port Marine circular No.32 of 2001 dated November 26, 2001