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  • Port news, Published:
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    Panama Canal

    Traffic information overview at the Panama Canal.

    There are 16 vessels (3 neopanamax, 11 super, 2 regular) scheduled for Northbound transit and 16 vessels (3 neopanamax, 11 super, 2 regular) scheduled for Southbound transit for today, 22th September. Estimated transit delays for both non-booked vessels, daylight restricted (91 ft. beam and over) and non-restricted (less than 91 ft. beam) may exceed 2 days.

    Currently, there are no maintenance operations or traffic suspensions scheduled for September at the Panama Canal. The current draft restriction for Neo Panamax and approved Panamax Plus vessels is 14,02 m (46 ft) TFW, effective from 1st September 2017. The maximum authorized transit draft is the deepest point of immersion in TFW permitted for a particular vessel in Gatun Lake (0.9954 density at 29,4°C).

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Panama Transit Desk at

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    Sohar, Oman

    C.Steinweg Oman LLC has announced revised stevedoring tariff for general cargo at the Port of Sohar, effective immediately.

    Amended rates will be charged in USD or OMR per Tonne received at Terminal. Stevedoring rates for general cargo per Tonne in USD: Timber 5.15; Plywood Bundles 5.15; Jumbo Bags and pre-slinged bags (minimal 1 MT per unit) 4.80; Palletized Cargo 4.80; Steel Coils, Billets, Rebar, Wire rod, angles, etc. 5.15; Steel Pipes (coated and uncoated)  8.78; General Cargo and not otherwise specified Cargoes 6.02; Dry Bulk and minerals 2.12; Livestock, Aggregates, Limestone, Aluminium and other non-ferrous metals will be quoted on request.

    Every ‘Tonne’ shall be regarded as ‘Freight Tonnes’ and shall be determined by a weight of 1,000 kilograms or a measurement of one cubic meter, whichever is higher. Volume discounts will be granted based on shipment size (30% for more than 15,000 FRT).

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Sohar at (+968) 26845093

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    Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

    Latest regulations to affect aggregate cargo vessels intending to call the Port of Fujairah.

    The Port of Fujairah Operations Department have unofficially instructed that any vessel calling Fujairah Port to load aggregate cargo with last/next port clearance from/to Oman or Iran will not be permitted to call the port for cargo operations. There are no restrictions for ships conducting any offshore non-cargo activities, such as bunkering, husbandry, etc.

    Furthermore, there are no restrictions for vessels having in-call cargo call for any other commodity type other than aggregates. Vessels having Iran or Oman as one of their last 10 port of calls will be allowed to load aggregates in Fujairah, unless mentioned ports were their last or will be their next port of call. At this moment, official Notice to Mariners regarding subject matter has not been published yet. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Fujairah at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Emirian Ports

    The Authorities of United Arab Emirates have announced official instructions update regarding to the Qatari crisis at ports.

    According to the latest information, Dubai Dry Docks, Dubai Port (DMC) and Port Rashid will now accept vessels with Qatari ports as a last or next port of call, effective immediately. All vessels flagged, owned, managed or operated under Qatari Authority are still not permitted at any port in United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, the following ports are still blocking vessels with Qatari ports as a last or next port of call: Hamriyah, Port Khalid, Fujairah, Kalba, Khorfakkan Fakkan, Mina Saqr, Ras Al Khaimah and RAK Maritime City.

    The Saudi-led coalition cited Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism as the main reason for their actions, insisting Qatar has violated a 2014 agreement with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). United Arab Emirates and other countries have criticized Al Jazeera and Qatar's relations with Iran. Qatar claims that it has assisted the United States in the War on Terror and the ongoing military intervention against ISIL. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Dubai at (+971) 4 382 3888

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    Sydney, Australia

    Protected industrial action to affect pilot services at the Port of Sydney.

    The Port Authority of New South Wales has advised that it has now received notification of protected industrial action to be undertaken by Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members working on board pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany. As a result, 24 hour stoppage will be commencing at on Tuesday, 26th September 2017 0600 hrs LT. The action proposed will suspend the use of the pilot vessels to embark and disembark Pilots in Port Jackson and Port Botany.

    The MUA have agreed to exempt the following functions from any industrial action: watch keeping at sea, fire rounds, port security watches, safety drills, movement of perishables, product tanker and crude oil tanker vessels, passenger cruise vessels, all dealings with emergency equipment in any manner and all safety and emergency related issues. Emergency response, Vessel Traffic Services and other Port Officer functions (other than pilot cutter movements) will be required to continue as normal during this period of industrial action.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Sydney at (+61) 2 8263 3555

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    Mississippi River

    Water levels decrease on the Mississippi River, comparing to the previous week.

    Expected water depth at American locations: New Orleans 105 cm (3.45 ft), Reserve 149 cm (4.89 ft), Donaldsonville 192 cm (6.31 ft), Baton Rogue 341 cm (11.19 ft), Red River Landing 782 cm (25.65 ft). For the coming weeks the levels are expected to further decrease slightly.

    In measure of tonnage, the largest port district in the world is located along the Mississippi River delta in Louisiana. The Port of South Louisiana is one of the largest volume ports in the US, representing 500 million tons of shipped goods per year. Shipping at the lower end of the Mississippi is focused on petroleum and petroleum products, iron and steel, grain, rubber, paper, wood, coffee, coal, chemicals, and edible oils.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen New Orleans at (+1) 504 739-7100

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    Naomi Murcott

    Ships Agency Administrator

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    Wilhelmsen majority shareholder in NorSea Group

    With effect from 26 September 2017, Wilhelmsen increases its shareholding in NorSea Group from 40% to approximately 72%. Eidesvik Eiendomsinvest AS and Simon Møkster Eiendom AS will hold approximately 12% each, while management in NorSea Group controls the remaining 4%. Following the transaction, Wilhelmsen will buy a small portion of management controlled shares.

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    The Kerch Strait

    Traffic suspension at the Kerch Strait due to bridge construction works.

    The Harbor Master of port Kerch has announced that all vessels movements, expect Navy and technical fleet, will be suspended on Saturday, 30th September 0000 hrs LT until 3rd October 0000 hrs LT due to building operations of The Kerch Strait Bridge. There will be no passage windows for transiting the Strait during this period. Furthermore, transit passages from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov and backwards will be also unavailable. The suspension period is preliminary, subject to weather conditions, however the Harbour Master is obligated to issue official notice not less than 24 hours prior canal closure.

    The Kerch Strait Bridge is a road-rail bridge under construction by the Russian Federation, to span the Strait of Kerch between the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea and the Taman Peninsula of Krasnodar Krai in Russia. The current connection is by the Kerch Strait ferry between Port Kavkaz and Port Krym. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Odessa at (+380) 482 300 600