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Latest port news

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    Kiel Canal

    9 Dec'16: Big Southern Lockchamber at Kiel Canal will be taken out of service from 12 December until 15 December due to underwater inspection operations. Inspection works will be conducted during daytime only, between 0800 hrs and 1300 hrs. Big Northern Lockchamber and the small locks will remain operational, however delays are possible. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    International Anti-Corruption Day

    9 Dec'16: Did you know that according to the United Nation, corruption can increase international business costs borne by maritime industry companies by at least 10%? Challenges met by the shipping industry are unique, since vessels operating in various jurisdictions all over the world face multiple fraud risk prone areas. Wilhelmsen Group as a regular member of Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) shares its vision of maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade and the benefit of society at large. Don't be afraid to act, your ignorance on corruption is their power.

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    Hay Point, Australia

    9 Dec'16: Regional Harbour Master to implement new requirement of a third tug during bad weather conditions at Port of Hay Point, Australia. If there is a Strong Wind Warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology or the average wind speed is 26 knots or grater, then three tugs will be required for departures from the berths for vessels greater than 270 m in length and equal to or greater than the maximum ballast condition ( 110 000 MT displacement). For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Gothenburg, Sweden

    8 Dec'16: Forest products terminals to expand their capacity at Port of Gothenburg. Increased volumes of pulp, paper and sawn timber, combined with Skaraslättens and Green Cargo terminals closures, contributed to major investments at three remaining terminals - Mimab, DFDS Arendal Terminal and Paper Logistics Center. Mimab will be capable of handling 400,000 tonnes of forest products each year. Three terminals, with combined capacity of 90,000 square meters weather-protected space, are linked to the rail system and offer cross-docking solutions. For more information: WSS Sweden office at (+47) 3557 3730

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    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    8 Dec'16: Rotterdam Port Authorities to increase port tariff by less than the rate of inflation, effective from 1 January 2017. New tariff, affecting sea-going vessel, will increase by 0,3 %. As a result of agreement made with VNPI, tariff for crude oil tankers will be 1,5% lower than the adjusted general tariff. In conclusion, tariff for tankers transporting crude oil will be lowered by 1.2 % in 2017. Discount for clean vessels based on ESI will remain unaffected. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    Poti, Georgia

    8 Dec'16: Severe storms impacting all port operations at Poti Port, Georgia. The last storm introduced more than 60 000 m3 of material into entrance channel, furthermore strong winds and swell moved 4 channel buoys critical to safe navigation. Port team is working around the clock to mitigate this situation and will continue to keep the port open as long as it is safe. Based on latest soundings, maximum permissible draft has been reduced from 9,3 m to 6 m. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

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    Chinese Ports

    7 Dec'16: Chinese Ministry of Transport to further implement ECA policy in Bohai Bay and Pearl River Delta area, effective from 1 January 2017. All vessels berthing Tianjin, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qinhuangdao, Huanghua, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Zhuhai Ports will be obligated to use fuel oil containing 0,5 % m/m Sulphur or less. ECA policy has been already implemented at Shanghai, Ningbo, Zhoushan, Nantong, Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicang and Shenzhen Ports. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Australian Ports

    7 Dec'16: Pest season is about to commence at Australian Ports. Vessels arriving from Auckland and Whangarei will be asked to conduct thorough inspection for Burnt Pie Longicorn Beetles prior arrival. Furthermore, vessels arriving from East Coast US ports will be asked to undergo thorough on board inspection for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. For more information: WSS Brisbane office at (+61) 7 3216 0680

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    Singapore, Singapore

    7 Dec'16: Annual administrative fee (AAF) enhancements applicable to all Singapore-registered vessel owners effective from 1 January 2017. Three vessel size related tiers fee will be introduced which will replace the existing flat rate of $600. Subject fee will be based on the gross tonnage of the ship as per the ITC or statement of ITC (for unregistered ship). With the enhanced AAF scheme, the following arrangements will remain unchanged: service coverage, renewal, pro-ration fee and refunds. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Mesaieed, Qatar

    6 Dec'16: Average waiting time for berthing aggregate vessels at Mesaieed Port, Qatar has been further reduced to 6-7 days. QPMC will prioritize berthing schedule based on port storage yard availability. Operation stoppages and sailing delays are possible in December due to expected fog and poor possibility. For more information: WSS Doha office at (+974) 445 10 323

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    Mumbai, India

    6 Dec'16: Berthing and sailing priority for container vessels at Port of Mumbai, India until 24 December evening hours LT. Container ships privilege is causing berthing delays up to 3 days for vessels carrying coal, manganese ore, palm oil and CDSBO cargoes. For more information: WSS Mumbai office (+91) 22 6637 5500

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    Mackay, Australia

    6 Dec'16: Smit Lamnalco to increase towage costs at Port of Mackay, Australia. New tariff will increase by approx. 10,6% for towage based on vessel's GRT and for special services. Revised tariffs excluding GST for 2017 will commence from 1 January 2017. The Smit Lamnalco Standard Towage Agreement 2016 applies. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Penang, Malaysia

    5 Dec'16: Tanker vessels are not allowed to berth or operate at DG Berth and Inner Berth at Penang Port between 8 December 0800hrs LT and 10 December 2000hrs LT due to tanker pipeline maintenance. For more information: WSS Penang office at (+60) 4 263 2819

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    New Mangalore, India

    5 Dec'16: Maximum permissible draft to be revised at New Mangalore Port, effective from 10 December. Max. draft restriction will increase from 13,75 m to 14 m and will be applicable at Liquid Berths no.10,11,13 and Coal Berth no.14. For more information: WSS Mangalore office at (+91) 824 245 7409

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    Brisbane, Australia

    5 Dec'16: Operations at Fisherman Island Coal Berth, Brisbane will be recommenced on 7 December morning hours LT, once ship loader repairs are completed. Expect further delays and operation stoppages due to severe thunder storms with wind gusts up to 150 km/h until approx. 9 December. For more information: WSS Brisbane office at (+61) 7 3216 0680

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    Ponta da Madeira, Brazil

    2 Dec'16: Operations will not be available at Ponta Da Madeira, Brazil due to preventive maintenance. Iron ore berths will be affected on the following dates: Pier 3 South: 6-9 December, Pier 4 South: 13-15 December and Pier 3 North 16-19 December. For more information: WSS Sao Luiz office at (+55) 98 3227 3367

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    Suez canal rebates guide: Navigating the rebate system

    The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has implemented a rebate system as an incentive to attract more ships to use the Suez Canal instead of alternative routes. Knowing how to navigate your way through the rebate system's processes is important to understand as it can result in significant reduction in your vessel's toll fee.

    Written by Steffen Langlete , Product Manager, Full Agency

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    Eid Al Adha Holidays: How are port operations affected?

    With Eid Al Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice) holidays just round the corner, avoid potential cargo or custom clearance delays and additional costs by being aware of the various port and government institution closures in UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Egypt and Yemen.

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