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    Kiel Canal

    20 Jan'17: Big Northern Lockchamber at the Kiel Canal will be taken out of service from 23 January until 24 January due to continuation of divers underwater inspection operations. Inspection works will be conducted during daytime only, approximately between 0800 hrs and 1300 hrs. During this period only one Big Lockchamber will remain operational for shipping, thus delays are possible. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    The Straits of Malacca and Singapore

    20 Jan'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore warns against violating prohibition of anchoring in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. There have been several reported cases of port approaches obstruction, along with traffic flow disturbance due to vessel anchoring off the traffic separation scheme and precautionary areas. Vessels found to be indiscriminately anchored will be reported to their Flag State. In case submarine cable damage occurs, Authorities will promptly share information with the interested parties to facilitate legal proceedings to recover compensation. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    20 Jan'17: Port authorities to implement fines for berthing or payment delays and vessel call cancellation at Port of Al Fujayrah, effective from 1 February. Fine of 10 000 AED (2 720 USD) will be imposed in following situations: the vessel call is canceled after tendering her Notice of Readiness; the vessel is not able to berth due to non readiness of the cargo, Stevedoring charges were not paid in time; berthing delay on the agent request. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Italian Ports

    19 Jan'17: Recent earthquakes (5,2 - 5,7 Richter magnitude scale), that have struck Central Italy, are not affecting any operations at Italian ports. All berthing schedules, port operations and services remains uninterrupted. Furthermore, no damages to the port infrastructure were reported after incident. Italy lies atop the convergence of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates, making it the most vulnerable country in the Mediterranean to earthquakes. For more information: WSS Genova office at (+39) 010 614 2107

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    Krishnapatnam, India

    19 Jan'17: Revised maximum permissible draft at Port of Krishnapatnam. Port Authorities announced draft restriction decrease from 18,0 m to 17,5 m, based on latest soundings. Reduced depth comes as the effect of recent tropical cyclone Vardah, the most intense storm over the North Indian Ocean in 2016, that has struck Chennai Region. Revised draft restriction will mostly affect coal berths at Krishnapatnam Port. For more information: WSS Krishnapatnam office at (+91) 861 237 7939

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    Santos, Brazil

    19 Jan'17: TIPLAM (Terminal Integrador Portuário Luiz Antonio Mesquita) has commenced solid vegetable bulk operations at Port of Santos on 17 January. M/V Chamchuri Naree (IMO:9296274, 177 m LOA) was the first vessel to load vegetable cargo (corn) at the expanded facility. Expansion plans for 2017 include 3 extra berths to handle sugar, grain cargoes in export relations and fertilizers, sulphur in import relations. Scheduled investments will increase port capacity by 12 million tons per year. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Odessa, Ukraine

    18 Jan'17: Ice campaign has commenced at Port of Odessa today, on 18 January 0000 hrs LT. All vessels calling Ukrainian port with the ice campaign in effect are required to have an ice class - strengthened hull to enable them to navigate through sea ice. In case vessel intending to call Odessa Port does not have ice class, owners are required to provide guarantee letter for navigation in ice condition to Harbour Master. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

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    Egyptian Ports

    18 Jan'17: Egyptian Government has announced import duties reduction on sugar and rice by 30 %. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail decided to cut taxes on the subject commodities imported from abroad in order to stabilize prices on the Egyptian market. The decision has been taken to stimulate importing large amounts of sugar and rice in order to secure national strategic balance, sufficient for meeting market demand in the coming months. The exact date of implementing revised tax rates has not been determined yet. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates

    18 Jan'17: Chemical tanker berth no. 4 at Port of Jebel Ali will be closed from 19 January 0600 hrs LT until 20 January 1800 hrs LT due to preventive maintenance. During this period vessel maneuvers and port operations will be suspended. Renovation works at the subject berth may cause berthing delays up to 3 days. Main cargoes handled at the chemical berth are aromatic glycol and mixed xylene. For more information: WSS WSS Dubai office at (+971) 4 382 3888

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    Puerto de Sagunto, Spain

    17 Jan'17: Major refurbishment operations were commenced on 9 January at Port of Sagunto. Port Authorities will adjust 20 000 m2 space at the Noroeste Pier to solid bulk cargo operations. Modernization works will include improving access to the piers, installing lighting and complex IT connection system. Refurbishment is expected to be completed by June 2017. Sagunto Port has imported over 1 million tons of solid bulk until November 2016, handling mainly fertilizers, cement, clinker, wood chips and various types of sands. For more information: WSS Barcelona office at (+34) 932 62 9100

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    Panama Canal

    17 Jan'17: Panama Canal Authorities (PCA) announced temporary reduction in the number of booking slots for supers, effective from 20 January. Growing customers concerns due to recent 7 days transit delay for non-booked vessels, caused PCA to reduce number of booking slots to five. The reduction will be effective until further notice. Auctioned booking slots, the limits by direction and restriction will remain unchanged. For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Penang, Malaysia

    16 Jan'17: Tanker vessels are not allowed to berth or operate at DG Berth and Inner Berth at Port of Penang between 18 January 0800 hrs LT and 20 January 2000 hrs LT due to tanker pipeline monthly maintenance. DG berth equipped with 8 manifold arms handles all types of DG cargo in liquid and gaseous state. No further maintenance operations are scheduled for January. For more information: WSS Penang office at (+60) 4 263 2819

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    Singapore, Singapore

    16 Jan'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore announced required safety measures at Port of Singapore anchorage. All vessels are required to: keep engines in a state of readiness for immediate use in case of emergency; ensure sufficient scope of cable used in the prevailing circumstances; ensure that there is ample swinging room for the vessel; keep a continuous listening watch on designated VHF channel of the respective sector where the vessel anchored. Revised port marine circular no.2 of 2017 replaced previous circular no.2 of 2007. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Kiel Canal

    16 Jan'17: Big Southern Lockchamber at the Kiel Canal will be taken out of service from Monday, 16 January until Tuesday, 17 January in order to carry out repair operations caused by recent collision damage. Southern gate lock was seriously damaged last week by tanker M/V Atlantic Mate which suffered mechanical failure. Big Northern Lockchamber and the small locks will remain operational, however delays are possible. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450 // Update 17 Jan'17 0900 hrs: Repair works have been already finalized and all locks are now operational.

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    Mississippi River

    13 Jan'17: The water levels have increased compared to last week on Mississippi River. Expected water depth at American locations this week: New Orleans 200 cm (6,57 ft), Reserve 284 cm (9,33 ft), Donaldsonville 385 cm (12,62 ft), Baton Rogue 624 cm (20,46 ft), Red River Landing 1075 cm (35,26 ft). For the coming weeks the levels are expected to decrease slightly. For more information: WSS New Orleans office at (+1) 504 739 7100

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    Izmit Bay, Turkey

    13 Jan'17: Izmit Bay entrance has been closed for vessel passage today, on 13 January 1000 hrs LT due to fuel oil spill into the sea. Source of leakage has not been determined yet, however reports does not mention any vessels involved in subject accident. Oil spill is located in vicinity of Gebze Terminals. Traffic will remain suspended until Authorities will secure and identify source of fuel oil spillage. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300

Featured articles

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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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