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    Mumbai, India

    17 Feb'17: Indian Navy to conduct firing practice on 22 and 23 February from 0800 hrs LT to 1430 hrs LT daily, affecting shipping movements at the Port of Mumbai. During this period vessel maneuvers at the Mumbai Harbour will be restricted. All vessels anchored at the Inner Harbour and the PLA will be required to vacate anchorage by midnight 21 February. Furthermore, all vessels will be prohibited to anchor in the firing area from coastal batteries at Middle Ground, Oyster Rock and Colaba Point. For more information: WSS Mumbai office (+91) 22 6637 5500

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    17 Feb'17: FOTT to implement new procedure of 72 hours based NOR validity for all the bunker barges registered with Port of Al Fujayrah in order to improve the effectiveness and the transparency of ‘Daily Berthing Schedule’. The procedure preventing from misleading NOR's will be effective from Sunday, 19 February 2017 and will remain in place for three months trial period. Upon completion of the trial period Port Authorities will analyze the effects and outcome of the new practice in collaboration of all the stakeholders and take further actions. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Shuwaikh, Kuwait

    17 Feb'17: Gearless vessels berthing and operating at the Port of Shuwaikh have been prohibited due to gantry cranes shutdown. First three cranes broke down in 2016, leaving port with only 3 operational cranes in 2017. Remaining cranes became inactive in January and February 2017. There is no official information about when cranes will recommence operations. Currently there are no berthing delays at Shuwaikh port, however if cranes will remain inactive in the coming days, delays will occur. For more information: WSS Kuwait office at (+965) 2226 4001

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    Dammam, Saudi Arabia

    16 Feb'17: Dammam Port Authorities informed about port dues increase at the Port of Dammam, effective from 11 February. Revised port charges are: arrival dues - 1000 SAR (276 USD); departure dues - 1000 SAR (276 USD) and garbage dues 100 SAR (27 USD) per day or part thereof. The official circular announcing mentioned dues was not yet released by the Authorities. Main cargoes handled at Saudi Arabian port are grains, fertilizers, cement and bulk ores. For more information: WSS Dammam office (+966) 13 833 9975

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    Maputo, Mozambique

    16 Feb'17: The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) announced revised depth at the access channel to the Port of Maputo. Recently completed dredging operations increased the channel depth from 11 m to 14,2 m, allowing to berth vessels up o 80 000 DWT. The additional three-meter depth allowed vessels with draft of 12,9 m to sail without having to wait for the favorable tide. Main cargoes handled at the port are bulk minerals (iron ore, nickel, clinker, rock phosphate, gypsum), vehicles, sugar, coal, vegetable oils and containers. For more information: WSS Mozambique office at (+27) 31 274 3200

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    Spanish Ports

    16 Feb'17: Spanish stevedores call off announced strike actions. The Spanish Government agreed to open talks with the dock worker unions, delaying plans to reform the sector. Dock workers had planned demonstrations at Spanish ports on 20, 22 and 24 February, after the Government of Spain declared intentions to reform port management system, abolishing regulation that obligates stevedoring companies to hire unionized staff only. Strike action scheduled for at least 3 days would cause massive losses to Spanish economy. For more information: WSS Barcelona office at (+34) 932 62 9100

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    Singapore, Singapore

    15 Feb'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued official warning to mariners operating off north of Pulau Semakau. The experiment and collection of the data will be carried out between 0900 hrs and 1700 hrs LT daily until 24 February by an autonomous surface and underwater vehicles. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other crafts about the work. All vessels are advised to keep well clear of the working areas and to navigate with caution. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Alexandria, Egypt

    15 Feb'17: New berth to be constructed at Port of Alexandria, according to the Engineering Department of APA. New investment worth approximately 250 million EGP (15,16 million USD) is expected to be completed in January 2018. New berth No. 85/3 will be capable of berthing vessels up to 350 m LOA and draft of 14 m. The Port Authorities haven't announced yet what commodity type will be handled at the berth, however it is expected to be grain cargoes. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Chinese Ports

    15 Feb'17: International navigation vessels are no longer required to dispose sludge and garbage before departing from Chinese ports, including these within Bohai area. The Government of China has decided to cancel previous regulation from February 2011, stating that all ocean-going ships are obliged to acquire valid pollutant disposal certificate in order to complete port departure requirements. The regulation has been withdrawn on 13 December 2016. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Suez Canal

    14 Feb'17: New tariff to be implemented at the Suez Canal in March 2017, after another year without dues revision. The Suez Canal Authority used to revise the channel tariff each January every year, however due to dynamic changes in the global market, international trade and oil prices, there haven't been any transit charges review for more than a year. The Authorities are currently monitoring world trade trends, oil prices and other factors crucial for determining new tariff. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

    14 Feb'17: Petroleum Ports Authority has announced revised utilization of entrance channels to Port of Ruwais, effective from 13 February. All vessels arriving at 'West Ghasha' pilot station are obliged to use Yas channel for inbound movements (min.depth -15.0 m at CD) and Ruwais channel for outbound movements (min. depth -14.9 m at CD). Furthermore, vessels arriving at "East Ghasha" pilot station are required to use East Ghasha channel for both, inbound and outbound movements (min. depth -12.0 m at CD). For more information: WSS Ruwais office at (+971) 2 877 6364

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    Chinese Ports

    14 Feb'17: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Taicang 5-7 days with 8 vessels waiting; Jingtang, Caofeidian, Shanghai, Zhanjiang 3-4 days with 7-10 vessels waiting; Fangcheng 2-3 days with 3 vessels waiting; Bayuquan, Rizhao, Nantong, Beilun and Xiamen 1-2 days with 2-4 vessels waiting. All main Chinese iron ore ports are currently operational with no weather warnings pending. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Singapore, Singapore

    13 Feb'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued official warning to mariners operating in the vicinity of Temasek Fairway, West of Jurong Island due to high spot dredging works. Dredging operations will be carried out between 13 February and 27 February by a dredger, supported by flat top barges and pusher tugs. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the working area. All vessels are advised to keep well clear of the working areas and to navigate with caution. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Spanish Ports

    13 Feb'17: Spanish dockworkers have called for strike actions between 20 and 24 February due to national port system reformation in Spain, recently announced by the Minister of Public Works. Stevedores strike actions are scheduled for 20, 22 and 24 February, however demonstrations are expected to take place also on 21 and 23 February. The exact scope of the strike and impact on the operations at Spanish ports are yet unknown, but supply services are likely to be affected. Over 6500 Spanish dockworkers are facing job loss. For more information: WSS Barcelona office at (+34) 932 62 9100

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    Jubail, Saudi Arabia

    13 Feb'17: Adverse weather conditions affecting shipping operations at Port of Jubail. There were 6 port closures and operation suspensions since 12 February due to high wind speed over 30 knots and lightning storms. Berthing delays for petroleum and chemical products increased to 3 days. Further port closures for vessels traffic and loading/discharging operation suspensions are possible in the coming weeks. For more information: WSS Jubail office at (+966) 13 362 1848

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    Shuwaikh, Kuwait

    10 Feb'17: Direct delivery basis introduced at Port of Shuwaikh, affecting customs procedures. Receivers are obligated to complete the customs formalities in advance in order to collect cargo from the port. Furthermore, local bridge demolition on 10 February will result in truck traffic ban from 0600 hrs LT to 1600 LT hrs daily, causing Shuwaikh port to operate on night time delivery basis only until further notice. It is advisable to consider calling nearby port Shuaiba which is working 24h / 7 days. For more information: WSS Kuwait office at (+965) 2226 4001

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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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