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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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    Rio Grande, Brazil

    10 Feb'17: Fertilizer berth Yara North at the Port of Santos has been closed until 21 February due to scheduled maintenance operations, affecting vessels handling sulphuric acid cargoes. Further renovation activities will be conducted at fertilizer berth Yara South between 15 February and 12 March. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for February & March at the Rio Grande Port. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Mina Saqr, United Arab Emirates

    10 Feb'17: Revised maximum permissible draft at Port of Mina Saqr. Port Authorities announced draft restriction increase from 12,00 m to 12,20 m at berth no.10, based on latest soundings. Revised draft will affect vessels shipping dry bulk cargoes to the subject berth. Currently, there are slight berthing delays of 1-2 days expected at the Mina Saqr port. Furthermore, according to the weather forecasts strong wind gusts up to 35 knots and isolated showers might occur until 14 February. For more information: WSS Ras Al Khaimah office at (+971) 7 266 8700

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    Auckland, New Zealand

    9 Feb'17: Port of Auckland has started construction of a state-of-the-art inland port at Horotiu, just north of Hamilton. The freight hub is ideally located in the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’, New Zealand’s fastest growing region. It has excellent rail and road connections to New Zealand’s two largest ports, the lower North Island, and three of the country’s five largest cities. The first freight handling facilities are expected to be in service by late 2017 or early 2018. Ports of Auckland have already had significant interest from cargo owners in using the site. For more information: WSS Auckland office at (+64) 9 3562 370

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    Santos, Brazil

    9 Feb'17: Fertilizer berth PEROLA at Port of Santos has been closed until 10 February due to scheduled maintenance operations. Further renovation activities will be conducted at following fertilizer berths: no. 15 from 13 February until 18 February; no. 13/14 between 20 February and 25 February. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for February at Santos Port. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Poti, Georgia

    9 Feb'17: Maximum permissible draft for access channel to Port of Poti has increased from 10,10 m to 10,50 m, based on latest soundings. The night navigation through port access channel is prohibited for vessels with LOA more than 180 m and/or maximum draft more than 9.0 m according to port regulations. Further dredging operations will be conducted near the Breakwater Red Edge and on profiles +450/+550 Green Edge in order to maintain achieved channel depth. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

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    Saudi Arabian Ports

    8 Feb'17: The Government of Saudi Arabia announced further immigration fees increase affecting crew change costs at all ports. Immigration office will charge additional fee for all departing seamen, increasing overall costs to 80 USD for both, on signers and off signers. Revised tariff include following visa fees: transit 300 SAR (80 USD); exit 300 SAR (80 USD); single exit re-entry 200 SAR (53,5 USD for two months + 100 SAR ( 27 USD) for each additional month; multiple exit re-entry 500 SAR (133 USD) for three months + 200 SAR (53,5 USD) for each additional month. For more information: WSS Dammam office (+966) 13 833 9975

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    Ponta da Madeira, Brazil

    8 Feb'17: Iron ore South Pier no. 4 at Port of Ponta Da Madeira will be closed between 10 February and 13 February due to scheduled maintenance operations. Further renovation activities will be conducted at iron ore North Pier no. 3 from 15 February until 19 February. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for February at Ponta Da Madeira Port. For more information: WSS Sao Luiz office at (+55) 98 3227 3367

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    Chornomorsk, Ukraine

    8 Feb'17: Ice campaign has been commenced at Port of Chornomorsk on 5 February 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 Chornomorsk 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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    Penang, Malaysia

    7 Feb'17: Tanker vessels will not be allowed to berth or operate at DG Berth and Inner Berth at Port of Penang between 9 February 0700 hrs LT and 10 February 2000 hrs LT due to tanker pipeline monthly maintenance. The DG berth is equipped with 8 manifold arms and handles all types of dangerous cargo in liquid and gaseous state. Actual maintaining depths for subject berths are 11 m for the DG Berth and 7,5 m for the Inner Berth. For more information: WSS Penang office at (+60) 4 263 2819

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    7 Feb'17: Iron ore Pier 2 at Port of Tubarao will be closed until 8 February 1200 hrs LT due to scheduled maintenance operations. Further renovation activities will be conducted at iron ore Pier 1 from 9 February 0000 hrs LT until 11 February 2100 hrs LT. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for February at Tubarao Port. For more information: WSS Tubarao office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Port Hedland, Australia

    7 Feb'17: Cyclone response stage 3 (Clear Port) has been activated at Port Hedland. Tropical low (15U) is situated approximately 160 NM North North East of Port Hedland and moving West at 8 knots. The Port is expected to be impacted by gale force winds from 8 February 1200 hrs LT. Port of Port Hedland Harbour Master intends to finish clearing the port, anchorages and inner harbour from large vessels until 7 February evening hours. Tugs and small vessels are expected to be secured within the inner harbour location on 8 February morning hours. For more information: WSS Port Hedland office at (+61) 8 9173 1809

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    Singapore, Singapore

    6 Feb'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued official warning to mariners operating in the vicinity of East Johor Strait due to underwater survey experiment off Pulau Punggol Barat and Pulau Serangoon. The experiment and collection of data will be carried out between 0800 hrs and 1800 hrs LT daily by an autonomous surface and underwater vehicles during following periods: 6-10 February, 13-16 February and 20-22 February. All vessels are advised to keep well clear of the working areas and to navigate with caution. For more information: For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Itaqui, Brazil

    6 Feb'17: Port Management Company (EMAP) to build container storage infrastructure at Port of Itaqui in 2017. Planned investment will have the capacity to store more than 30 000 reefer containers annually at its yards, starting new era for import and export operations at the Brazilian port. EMAP has clear intentions to exploit mainly processed meat market, including exports of fruits and secondary goods. Subject products will be handled by new storage model only. For more information: WSS Sao Luiz office at (+55) 98 3227 3367

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    Kiel Canal

    6 Feb'17: Big Southern Lockchamber at the Kiel Canal will be taken out of service on Tuesday, 7 February approximately between 0800 hrs and 1200 hrs LT due to scheduled maintenance operations. During this period Big Northern Lockchamber and the small locks will remain operational for shipping, however delays are possible. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450.

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    Brazilian, Panamanian, Nicaraguan Ports

    3 Feb'17: Yellow Fever outbreak tightens up vaccine requirements in Brazil, Panama and Nicaragua. All vessels calling Brazilian Ports and heading to Panamanian or Nicaraguan Ports are required to have all crew members, officers and further on board personnel carrying a valid Yellow Fever vaccine certificate in order to get admission to the ports in the subject countries. Brazil has commenced an emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign as disease spreads in major cities, killing dozens of people. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Sea of Azov

    3 Feb'17: Ice campaign has commenced at the Sea of Azov today, on 3 February 0000 hrs LT. All vessels calling Ukrainian ports at the Sea of Azov are required to have an ice class - strengthened hull to enable navigating through sea ice. Furthermore, all vessels bound for Port of Mariupol are required to maintain stores, bunker and fresh water for at least 15 days. Sailing through the Sea of Azov will be now possible only in ice caravan with ice breaker assistance. Additional ice dues and charges for ice breaker assistance will be added to port call dues. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    3 Feb'17: Adverse weather conditions at Port of Al Fujayrah affecting port operations. Vopak terminal has suspended all activities, cleared its berths from vessels and remains closed since 2 February 2000 hrs LT due to bad weather. Port operations at FOTT terminal have been already recommenced today, on 3 February 0500 hrs LT. Furthermore, only few launch services are operating at the moment. Bunkering operations remains unaffected, however BQS surveyors embarkation / disembarkation is unavailable. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Singapore, Singapore

    2 Feb'17: Slit removal operations have been commenced at Singaporean anchorage ALGAS. Removal works will be carried out by hopper dredger "Brabo" from 0700 hrs to 1900 hrs LT daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work. When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to keep well clear of the working area and maintain a proper lookout. Slit removal operations are expected to be completed by 17 February. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Brazilian Ports

    2 Feb'17: Brazilian Health surveillance fees to undergo major review, affecting port call costs in Brazil. New values will be published and valid from 9 February according to Annex I - Table of Values of Sanitary Surveillance Inspection Fee: Item 5.14.4 – Free Pratique Tax for vessels: BRL 1,063.74 & Item 5.14.1 – Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate Tax for vessels: BRL 1,772.90. This is the first time that health surveillance fees are being monetarily revised since the appearance of the regulatory agency in 1999. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Jubail, Saudi Arabia

    2 Feb'17: Berthing and sailing movements have been suspended at Port of Jubail yesterday, on 1 February 2100 hrs LT due to strong wind of 30 knots. Furthermore, there were 3 port closures since 27 January due to adverse weather conditions. Berthing delays for petroleum and chemical products increased to 3 days. Strong winds above 20 knots are forecast until 4 February morning hours. Further port closures for vessel traffic are possible in the coming weeks. For more information: WSS Jubail office at (+966) 13 362 1848

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    Hodeidah, Yemen

    1 Feb'17: Recent strike on the Saudi frigate that took place on 31 January may affect the international navigation and shipping, including the flow of humanitarian and medical assistance to the Port of Hodeidah. According to the Saudi-led coalition, Saudi frigate came under a terrorist attack by three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias while patrolling west of the Hodeidah Port. As a result, Saudi naval forces have blockaded Houthi-controlled ports. Our local office reports that at this moment port is operating without any difficulties. For more information: WSS Yemen office at (+967) 2 248 850

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    Itaqui, Brazil

    1 Feb'17: ANTAQ to bid for paper and pulp terminal at Port of Itaqui. The National Water Transportation Agency (ANTAQ) has a public consultation with the purpose of receiving contributions, subsidies and suggestions for the improvement of legal and technical minutes for bidding process of the paper and pulp terminal at Itaqui Port. Users and agents of port services and other interested parties may contribute to the preparation of bidding documents, lease agreements, technical documents and their respective annexes. For more information: WSS Sao Luiz office at (+55) 98 3227 3367

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    Ports of the United States

    31 Jan'17: Trump's latest executive order affecting foreign crew members at sea ports of the United States. Newly implemented regulation will impact crew members from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from being allowed off vessels, even if they possess US Visas and may require armed guard services on board while vessels are docked in the US. The regulation will remain effective for at least the next 90 days by executive order. For more information: WSS Houston office at (+1) 281 867 2020

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    Rhine River

    31 Jan'17: Low water surcharge applicable on Rhine River. A continuous trend in the decrease of water levels is forcing vessels to load approximately 300-400 MT less cargo and pay 40 % surcharge over the loaded weight (10 % surcharge per 10 dm fall). Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 63 cm (2 cm more), Cologne 115 cm (1 cm less) and Ruhrort 199 cm (8 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to further decrease slightly. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    The Turkish Straits

    31 Jan'17: Expect vessel passage delays at the Turkish Straits today, on 31 January until approximately 1700 hrs LT. All tanker vessels above 200 m LOA will experience 3-4 days delay for transiting the Dardanelles Strait and 2 days delay for the Bosphorus Strait. Transit delays are caused by the recent traffic suspensions due to rough weather, combined with strong vessel congestion. Currently there are no passage delays for dry cargo vessels. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300

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    Kiel Canal

    30 Jan'17: Big Northern Lockchamber at the Kiel Canal will be taken out of service on 1 February approximately between 0800 hrs and 1500 hrs LT due to scheduled maintenance operations. During this period Big Southern Lockchamber and the small locks will remain operational for shipping, however delays are possible. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Damietta, Egypt

    30 Jan'17: Trial operations for the new grain silo have been commenced at Port of Damietta on 27 January. New facility, located at berths no. 13 & 14, has the capacity of 70 000 tons divided into 10 separate storage cells and is equipped with new electronic balance system, allowing to handle two vessel at the same time. Discharging rate for the new silo will vary between 450 and 700 tons per hour. Investment is a part of national projects, creating added value to the Egyptian economy. For more information: WSS Damietta office at (+20) 57 229 0048/9

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    Vancouver, Canada

    30 Jan'17: The Authorities have introduced docking fees discount at Port of Vancouver for all vessels that meet revised engine noise reduction standards. Ships qualifying for new noise requirements will have their docking dues cut by up to 47 %. According to vice-president of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, potential savings for medium-sized vessels will vary between 3000 USD and 4000 USD per port call. The new incentive to protect local marine wildlife went into effect on 1 January. For more information: WSS Vancouver office at (+1) 604 434 7447

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    Mundra, India

    27 Jan'17: Revised maximum permissible draft at Port of Mundra. Port Authorities announced draft restriction increase from 10,20 m to 10,40 m at berth no.10 and from 14,00 m to 14,20 m at berth no.11, based on latest soundings. Revised draft will affect fertilizers, soymeal, salt, general and project cargoes, handled at subject berths. Currently, there are no berthing delays at Mundra Port. For more information: WSS Kandla office at (+91) 2836 231 158

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    Parana River

    27 Jan'17: The water levels have increased compared to last week on Paraná River. Expected water depth at Argentinian locations this week: San Pedro 228 cm, Ramallo 280 cm, San Nicolas 314 cm, Villa Constitucion 355 cm, Rosario 399 cm, San Martin 438 cm, Diamante 428 cm, Santa Fe 415 cm, Corrientes 347 cm, Iguazu 1300 cm. For the coming week the levels are expected to decrease slightly (10 centimeters). For more information: WSS Argentina office at (+56) 32 229 2800

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    Shuwaikh, Kuwait

    27 Jan'17: Kuwait Ports Authority has suspended the license of KGL Stevedoring at Port of Shuwaikh, leaving the port with only two licensed stevedoring companies - Jassim Transport. Co (JTC) and Cargo Transport Systems (CTS). CTS is handling only RORO and container vessels, thus there will be only one stevedoring company accepting dry bulk and liquid vessels. Furthermore, the Port Authority has suspended offloading cargoes into the stevedore's yard, introducing direct-delivery order at Shuwaikh Port. For more information: WSS Kuwait office at (+965) 2226 4001

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    Indian Ports

    26 Jan'17: The Indian Government has imposed the service tax on freight for prepaid import shipments to India, effective from 22 January. Service tax duties will be charged at the rate of 4.5% on the import freight for all cargoes discharged at Indian ports. Subject fee will be imposed if foreign principal provides service to the foreign exporter located outside India. Entity responsible for tax service duty payment is the agent of the vessel or the person who is authorized to issue delivery order for an importer. For more information: WSS Mumbai office (+91) 22 6637 5500

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    26 Jan'17: Iron ore Pier 2 at Port of Tubarao will be closed from 3 to 4 February due to scheduled maintenance operations. Further renovation activities will be conducted at iron ore Pier 1 between 6 and 8 February. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for February at main Brazilian iron ore ports. For more information: WSS Tubarao office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Northwestern Australian Coast

    26 Jan'17: Cyclone response stage 2 (Prepare) activated at Port Hedland and Dampier ports. Tropical low (14U) is situated approximately 115 km NE of Derby - 16.6 S 124.4 E. Dampier Harbour Master intends to start clearing the anchorages, Rio Tinto, Woodside and MMA terminals off all vessels from 27 January morning hours. Furthermore, Port Hedland anchorages will be cleared of all non-essential today, on 26 January. The last available high tide to clear Port of Port Hedland will be on 27 January 1114 hrs LT. For more information: WSS Dampier office at (+61) 8 9144 2311

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    Rio Grande, Brazil

    25 Jan'17: Yara Terminal to conduct maintenance operations at its piers in Rio Grande. Renovation works at North Pier will be commenced on 30 January and are expected to be completed on 19 February. During this period only Sulfuric Acid discharging operations will be allowed. Further maintenance works will be conducted at South Pier between 15 February and 3 March. All vessels expected to berth the pier during renovation activities will be directed to the North Pier (max draft 10 m). For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    New Mangalore, India

    25 Jan'17: Revised maximum permissible draft at Port of New Mangalore. Port Authorities announced draft restriction increase from 13,75 m to 14,00 m on 1 m high tide, based on latest soundings. Revised draft will affect port approach channel, general cargo berths No.14W, 15 and CPP/crude oil jetties No. 10, 11. As a result, Post-Panamax vessels can be accommodated at New Mangalore Port. For more information: WSS Mangalore office at (+91) 824 245 7409

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    Poti, Georgia

    25 Jan'17: Maximum permissible draft for access channel to Port of Poti has increased from 9,50 m to 10,10 m, based on latest soundings. Night navigation through port access channel remains prohibited for vessels exceeding 160 m LOA and 8,5 m draft due to lack of channel safe water mark buoy. Further dredging operations will be conducted on profiles +450/+750 near the Breakwater Red Edge in order to reach maximum allowable working draft of 10,50 m. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

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    Mississippi River

    24 Jan'17: The water levels have increased compared to last week on Mississippi River. Expected water depth at American locations this week: New Orleans 206 cm (6,75 ft), Reserve 303 cm (9,94 ft), Donaldsonville 418 cm (13,70 ft), Baton Rogue 676 cm (22,17 ft), Red River Landing 11146 cm (37,60 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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    Mumbai, India

    24 Jan'17: Pirpau chemical berth no. 2 at Port of Mumbai has been closed until 26 January 0800 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 2-3 days. Main cargoes handled at the chemical berth are MEG, base oil, LPG and gasoline. For more information: WSS Mumbai office (+91) 22 6637 5500

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    Northwestern Australian Coast

    24 Jan'17: Tropical cyclone expected off the Northwestern Australian Coast. Tropical low is expected to form into a cyclone from the 27 January and move parallel to the Pilbara coast. The tropical low current position is 14.5 S / 132.0 E and heading W at 11 km/h. Wind speed is reaching 30 km/h with wind gusts up to 74 km/h. The tropical low is expected to intensify in the coming days and is likely to further affect Port Hedland and Dampier Ports. For more information: WSS Dampier office at (+61) 8 9144 2311

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    Whyalla, Australia

    23 Jan'17: Cape vessel loading operations suspended at Port of Whyalla. Fire on board Floating Offshore Transfer Barge (FOTB) Spencer Gulf has resulted in stopping all port operations at Whyalla transhipment area until further notice. The cause of the fire is yet unknown. Whyalla Port is the base for CSL Australia’s iron ore transshipping operations, which is where a barge-based suprastrcture is located to export iron ore for OneSteel Whyalla. For more information: WSS Whyalla office at (+61) 8 8644 0911

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    23 Jan'17: Port authorities regulated disembarking crew procedures due to injury or sick at Port of Al Fujayrah, effective now. Vessel will not be allowed to sail until sick crew member, disembarked under medical grounds, recovers and is fit for embarking on board or until the vessel owners/managers arrange proper repatriation for him. Furthermore, the Authorities must be informed about every crew member disembarkation due to injury. Vessel will be allowed to sail only after obtaining proper clearance from police GHQ. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Singapore, Singapore

    23 Jan'17: Seabed sampling operations have been commenced off Western Tuas View at Port of Singapore. Work/Safety Boats Yobyo No. 205, New Boat and Traverse Tec 1 will conduct sampling works at 18 locations between 0800 hours to 1800 hrs until 27 January. All vessels in vicinity of working areas are advised to keep well clear of the working boats, maintain a proper lookout, proceed at slow speed, navigate with caution and maintain listening watch on VHF Channel 22. Work boats will exhibit appropriate day and night signals. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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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

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    Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

    13 Jan'17: Petroleum Ports Authority announced opening of modified entrance channel to Port of Ruwais on 15 January 0600 hrs LT. Ruwais Channel will be opened for navigation with revised depth of 14.9 m (ACD). All Ships are advised to proceed with caution at a safe speed and to maintain a listening watch on VHF channels VHF 9 (Port Control) and VHF 21 (VTIS). Main cargoes handled at Ruwais Port are petroleum products, LPG, sulphur, urea, ethylene & propylene. For more information: WSS Ruwais office at (+971) 2 877 6364

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    Mesaieed, Qatar

    12 Jan'17: Estimated waiting time for berthing aggregate vessels at Port of Mesaieed currently does not exceed 7 days. QPMC will prioritize berthing schedule based on port storage yard availability. Operation stoppages and further berthing delays are possible in January due to expected fog and poor possibility. Vessels loading aggregate cargoes without suitability request will not be accepted henceforth. For more information: WSS Doha office at (+974) 445 10 323

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    Bahraini Ports

    12 Jan'17: APM Terminals to introduce revised pilotage and towage tariff for private jetties at Bahraini ports, effective from 1 February. Increased fees based on vessel's GRT (8 tiers) will be charged at ALBA, GPIC and GIIC Terminals. GRT refers to the Gross Tonnage of the vessel under tow as declared by the vessel's agents to APM Terminals Bahrain. Main cargoes handled at Bahraini terminals are: Alumina, Liquid Pitch and Petcoke at ALBA Terminal, Urea at GPIC Terminal, Steel and Iron Ore at GIIC Terminal. For more information: WSS Bahrain office at (+973) 1781 3000

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    Bilbao, Spain

    12 Jan'17: Technical stoppage at Petronor Terminal to affect the traffic at Port of Bilbao in January and February. First maintenance period will commence on 16 January, reducing Petcoke Plant and Refinery 2 capacity, thereby lowering total cargo turnover at the Spanish Port by approx. 40% in the first quarter. Maintenance operations are expected to be completed on 28 February. Announced refurbishment will be the biggest stop in Petronor's history, consuming 23 m € for specific maintenance section and 26 m € for technological innovation investments. For more information: WSS Barcelona office at (+34) 932 62 9100

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    Saudi Arabian Ports

    11 Jan'17: The Government of Saudi Arabia announced revised entry, transit, exit and exit re-entry visa fees affecting crew change costs at all ports. Immigration office will charge additional fees for all incoming seamen, increasing overall costs by 80 USD. Revised tariff include following visa fees: transit 300 SAR (80 USD); exit 50 SAR (13,5 USD); single exit re-entry 200 SAR (53,5 USD for two months + 100 SAR (27 USD) for each additional month; multiple exit re-entry 500 SAR (133 USD) for three months + 200 SAR (53,5 USD) for each additional month. For more information: WSS Jubail office at (+966) 13 362 1848

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    Shuaiba, Kuwait

    11 Jan'17: Port operations at liquid bulk cargo berth no.13 have been suspended at Port of Shuaiba until 17 January due to maintenance operations. All chemical tankers handling mono-ethylene glycol & di-ethylene glycol will be diverted to Equate berth no. 34/35 which may cause severe port congestion. Furthermore, berthing delays for aggregates and other dry bulk cargoes have been reduced from 25-30 to 2-3 days due to fewer number of port calls. For more information: WSS Kuwait office at (+965) 2226 4001

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    Paranagua, Brazil

    11 Jan'17: Wharfs maintenance and additional berthing restrictions at Port of Paranagua. Discharging operations for all vessels above 150 m LOA have been restricted at wharf no. 206 due to ongoing shore loader maintenance. Furthermore, port operations have been suspended at berths no. 208 & 213 due to maintenance operations, including recently damaged by strong wind conveyor system. Port operations are expected to fully recommence on following dates: 17-20 January at wharf no. 206, 17 January at wharf no. 208 and 12 January at berth no 213. For more information: WSS Paranagua office at (+55) 41 3427 4400

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    Parana River

    10 Jan'17: The water levels have increased compared to last week on Paraná River. Expected water depth at Argentinian locations this week: San Pedro 222 cm, Ramallo 270 cm, San Nicolas 299 cm, Villa Constitucion 341 cm, Rosario 392 cm, Diamante 429 cm, Santa Fe 421 cm. For the coming week the levels are expected to further increase slightly. For more information: WSS Argentina office at (+56) 32 229 2800

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    Ukrainian Ports

    10 Jan'17: Ice campaign has commenced at Mykolayiv and Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy ports on 5 January 2200 hrs UTC. All vessels calling Ukrainian ports with the ice campaign in effect are required to have an ice class and to proceed to the port with ice convoy only. Tug assistance is compulsory during the ice campaign at both ports. Mykolayiv is one of the biggest multi cargo ports in Ukraine, handling agriculture products such as grains, palm or vegetable oils. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

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    Panama Canal

    10 Jan'17: The East lane of the Gatun Locks at Panama Canal was taken out of service on 9 January 2000 hrs LT and will remain closed until 12 January 2000 hrs LT due to unforeseen repair operations on the northeast approach wall. Transit Reservation System - Condition 2 for the Panamax locks will be in effect from 10 to 12 January. During this period the Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots available for supers will be reduced to one for each direction, whereas the JIT slots for regular vessels transiting without restrictions will remain at one for each direction. For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Egyptian Ports

    9 Jan'17: Adverse weather conditions at Alexandria and El Dekheila ports. According to Alexandria Port Authority traffic and port operations remain suspended since 7 January 1000 hrs LT due to high wind speed and swell. Egyptian ports are struggling with wind gusts up to 60 km/h and wave height up to 3 m. Further port closures for vessels traffic are possible in the coming weeks. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Bosphorus Strait

    9 Jan'17: Bosphorus Strait has been closed for vessel passage bothways on 9 January 0315 hrs LT until further notice due adverse weather conditions. There have been near miss situations reported yesterday, that could have resulted in vessels grounding due to heavy snowfalls and maximum visibility up to 300 m. Snowfalls are expected to stop by Tuesday, 10 January 0600 hrs LT. Furthermore, forecasted wind gusts will vary from 38 km/h on 9 January evening hours to 55 km/h on 10 January afternoon hours. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300

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    Santos, Brazil

    9 Jan'17: Port Authorities announced January dredging schedule for Santos Port. Dredging operations will be conducted at following berths: 16/17 between 9 and 13 January; 12A between 13 and 17 January; TGG between 17 and 22 January; TEAG between 22 and 25 January; 39 between 25 and 28 January; 38 between 28 January and 1 February. During the dredging process the berths in reference will be unavailable. Dredging works will be conducted only for depth maintenance without any impact on official drafts. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Brazilian Ports

    5 Jan'17: Customs Officers strike movement to weaken at Brazilian Ports in the coming period. The Government accepted to cover 90% of Customers Officers claims, deescalating tense situation in Brazil. The losses observed on collecting taxes forced the Government to accept terms and now the revised Proposed Law is going to be submitted to National Congress, where it shall be positively voted. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Ningbo, China

    5 Jan'17: Towage Lump-sum Tariff for non-container foreign trade was implemented at Port of Ningbo, effective from January 2017. Towage costs will be based on vessel's LOA and terminal of destination. Additional towage lump-sum tariff fee will be charged in case there will be any shifting operations between two different terminals. Revised tariff does not include LNG vessels. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Brazilian Ports

    5 Jan'17: Customs Officers strike movement to weaken at Brazilian Ports in the coming period. The Government accepted to cover 90% of Customers Officers claims, deescalating tense situation in Brazil. The losses observed on collecting taxes forced the Government to accept terms and now the revised Proposed Law is going to be submitted to National Congress, where it shall be positively voted. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Port Hedland, Australia

    4 Jan'17: Port of Port Hedland cyclone response procedures have been activated by Port Authorities. Gale force winds are expected to hit Australian North West coast on 7 January with chances of developing into cyclone. Harbour Master intends to start clearing the anchorages off large vessels from 6 January morning hours and to start clearing inner harbour off draft restricted vessels during high tide from 6 January afternoon hours. For more information: WSS Port Hedland office at (+61) 8 9173 1809

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    Ponta da Madeira, Brazil

    4 Jan'17: Operations will not be available at Port of Ponta Da Madeira due to preventive maintenance. Iron ore berths will be affected on the following dates: Pier 3 South: 7-10 January, Pier 4 South: 12-15 January and Pier 3 North 16-18 January. All revitalization activities during designated periods will be commenced at 1200 hrs LT. For more information: WSS Sao Luiz office at (+55) 98 3227 3367

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    Suez Canal

    4 Jan'17: Hindered traffic for Southbound and Northbound convoys at Suez Canal. Today, on 4 January 0620 hrs LT M/V MSC Clorinda ( Container Ship – IMO No. 9484429 / Draft 15 m ) transiting Northbound through the Suez Canal stopped at 30.06997° / 32.57184° position due to undetermined issues. The Southbound convoy has already entered the canal and will be required to drop anchor and wait at the Great Bitter Lake in case boxship is still stopped. Suez Canal Authority tugs are already alongside the vessel. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Sitrah, Bahrain

    3 Jan'17: CPP berth no.6 at Port of Sitrah has been closed until 20 January due to scheduled maintenance. During berth closure period only one tanker vessel with more than 200 m LOA can berth at Sitrah Port due to limited infrastructure. For more information: WSS Bahrain office at (+973) 1781 3000

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    Rhine River

    3 Jan'17: Low water surcharge still applicable on Rhine River, in addition water levels have decreased compared to last week. Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 59 cm (19 cm less), Cologne 119 cm (19 cm less) and Ruhrort 205 cm (19 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to further decrease slightly. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    Chinese Ports

    3 Jan'17: Multiple port closures at main Chinese Ports due to bad weather conditions. Tianjin, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Lanshan, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Taicang, Nantong and Fangcheng Ports have been closed due to dense fog and strong wind until further notice. Furthermore, pilotage service has been suspended at Port of Rizhao due to poor visibility. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Wellington, New Zealand

    2 Jan'17: Port status overview in Wellington after recent earthquake that has struck New Zealand. There is on-going assessment of all berths and plant to ascertain earthquake damage and operational status. Port is using berths AQ4/5 as well as cruise terminal berths AQ2/3 for containers, dry bulk and ro-ro cargoes. Vessel queue is piling up since only two cargo ships can be handled at one time. Furthermore, if cruise ship arrives she gets priority and all cargo operations are suspended. For more information: WSS Wellington office at (+64) 4 473 4460

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    Indian Ports

    2 Jan'17: Indian Ministry of Finance announced import duties abolishment for wheat cargoes at all Indian Ports. Low stockpiles combined with local prices increase led to reducing import duties from 10 % to Nil. Indian agriculture sector is heavily dependant on monsoon rains, which have been poor for two years in a row, causing current market conditions. New legislation will be effective until further notice. For more information: WSS Mangalore office at (+91) 824 245 74099

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    Penang, Malaysia

    2 Jan'17: Tanker vessels are not allowed to berth or operate at DG Berth and Inner Berth at Port of Penang between 8 January 0800hrs LT and 10 January 2000hrs 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. For more information: WSS Penang office at (+60) 4 263 2819

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    Aden, Yemen

    30 Dec'16: Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation announced amendment pilotage allowance at Port of Aden. All vessel maneuvers requiring pilot assistance inside the port will be subject to increased fees: from 15,15 USD to 20 USD for ships less than 10 000 GT; from 25,25 USD to 40 USD for ships of 10 000 GT and above. For more information: WSS Yemen office at (+967) 2 248 850

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    Lyttelton, New Zealand

    30 Dec'16: Earthquake repairs progress overview at Port of Lyttelton. Reconstruction of dry bulk/general cargoes berth no. 3 has been completed. Next stage is road reconstruction to reinstate the approaches to the berth to achieve an even road height onto the berth. The adjacent dry bulk berth no. 2 is now undergoing repair operations. Work has already proceeded, however major refurbishment is scheduled to begin in January 2017. This berth will be withdrawn from use early January until 31 March. For more information: WSS Christchurch office at (+64) 3 961 1990

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    Egyptian Ports

    30 Dec'16: Egyptian Ministry of Transport introduced extra charges for bunker, lube oils and fresh water supplies. All licensed local supplier companies will collect additional amounts as following: 20 USD per tonne of bunker & lube oils for foreign ships and 10 USD per tonne for Egyptian ships; 6 USD per tonne of fresh water for foreign ships and 3 USD per tonne for Egyptian ships. Additional charges will be collected as marine work license fees. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Auckland, New Zealand

    29 Dec'16: Revised Tariff at Port of Auckland, effective from 1 January 2017. Port Authorities announced general price increase of 1.44% based on 80% of the estimated CPI of 1.8% across all schedule items. Following items will be excluded from the Tariff increase: Berth hire GRT rate, marine service charge, lay-up berthage after 7 days, heat treatment facility fee, VBS (container slot reservation) and storage (transship containers - terminals). For more information: WSS Auckland office at (+64) 9 3562 370

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    Mississippi River

    29 Dec'16: The water levels have increased compared to last week on Mississippi River. Expected water depth at American locations this week: New Orleans 138 cm, Reserve 184 cm, Donaldsonville 238 cm, Baton Rogue 419 cm, Red River Landing 882 cm. For the coming weeks the levels are expected to further increase slightly. For more information: WSS New Orleans office at (+1) 504 739 7100

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    29 Dec'16: Iron ore Pier 2 at Port of Tubarao will be closed from 3 to 6 January due to scheduled maintenance. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during this period. Iron ore Pier 1 will remain fully operational in January with no maintenance operations scheduled. For more information: WSS Vitoria office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Portuguese Ports

    28 Dec'16: Revised CTM handling procedures at all Portuguese Ports, effective from January 2017. In accordance with the latest regulations, all CTM services must be delivered on board by a security company - LOOMIS, therefore security/delivery charges will be applied. LOOMIS will deliver CTM to the previously designated person and to that person only. WSS will require 2 days notice before intended delivery date and copy of the passport from the person that will receive the CTM on board. For more information: WSS Lisbon office at (+351) 21 321 0900

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    Egyptian Ports

    28 Dec'16: Egyptian Ministry of Commerce & Industry increased fees for sugar export shipments. Government applied revised decree, increasing export fees from 900 pounds per tonne to 2000 pounds per tonne. New decree no. 1224/2016 was imposed on 27 December 2016. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Santos, Brazil

    23 Dec'16: Port Immigration Deputy decided to maintain Port Security Level II for undetermined period at following terminals of Santos Port: Libra Terminals/T37, Ecoporto, BTP and Santos Brasil S/A. Heightened security level comes as a result of latest information regarding Stevedores Union that intends to commence strike actions without previous notice. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Dampier, Australia

    23 Dec'16: Pilbara Port Authority (PPA) announced major maintenance operations at Port of Dampier. Refurbishment project will include replacing all of the fenders on the Western side of Dampier Cargo Wharf along with concrete remediation. During maintenance period, between April and November 2017, expect tightened restrictions on vessel size. Berthing availability for ships under 100 m LOA is not likely to be impacted, however vessels with LOA greater than 100 m or special cargoes are advised to notice PPA in advance. For more information: WSS Dampier office at (+61) 8 9144 2311

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    Chinese Ports

    23 Dec'16: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Bayuquan 7-10 days with 6 vessels waiting; Rizhao 5-7 days with 7 vessels waiting; Tianjin 5-7 days; Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao and Lianyungang 3-4 days. Furthermore, following ports have recommenced traffic and marine operations after recent closures due to bad weather conditions: Bayuquan, Tianjin, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Beilun, Zhoushan and Fangcheng. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Hamad, Qatar

    22 Dec'16: Qatar Ports Management has implemented direct delivery for specific hazardous cargoes at Port of Hamad. Port Authorities advised to organize all necessary arrangements in coordination with concerned parties to load/discharge directly, without having any operational delays. Furthermore, vessels carrying listed dangerous cargoes will not be allowed to berth at port unless customs bill of entry and EPC approval are submitted in advance. For more information: WSS Doha office at (+974) 445 10 323

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    Brazilian Ports

    22 Dec'16: Brazilian Customs Agents threaten to conduct general strike actions in January and February at Brazilian Ports. National Customs Union distributed a statement expressing disapproval with the Brazilian Federal Government for noncompliance with the signed agreement. Potential strike will cripple cargo flows in and out of the country. During previous strikes Customs released only live, dangerous cargoes, drugs, perishables and shipboard supplies. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Port Hedland, Australia

    22 Dec'16: Tropical cyclone 'Yvette' to make landfall at Western Australian Coast, affecting operations at Port Hedland on 25 December evening hours. Harbour Master of Port Hedland advised that all vessels must keep main engines fully operational and immobilization will now not be approved. Port remains on a monitoring phase, however evacuation procedures will most likely commence on 23 December evening hours. Cyclone current position is 14.1 S / 114.5 E and heading ENE at 5 km/h. For more information: WSS Port Hedland office at (+61) 8 9173 1809

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    Indian Ports

    21 Dec'16: Weizmann Forex ltd. handling charges back to normal. After recent legal tender demonetization of Rs.500 & Rs.1000 on 9 November, Weizmann Forex ltd. charged 3,75% handling charges instead of 1,5 %, affecting CTM services. Now, as a result of USD currency influx into the market, handling charges are back to 1,5%. For more information: WSS Mumbai office (+91) 22 6637 5500

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    Paranagua, Brazil

    21 Dec'16: Revised maximum permissible draft at Export Corridor at Port of Paranagua. Port Authorities announced increased draft of 12,5 m on zero tide at grain berths 212, 213 and 214, after dredging operations conducted on entrance channel, evolution basin and specific sheds. For more information: WSS Paranagua office at (+55) 41 3427 4400

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    Chinese Ports

    21 Dec'16: Multiple port closures at main Chinese Ports due to bad weather conditions. Bayuquan, Tianjin, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Beilun, Zhoushan and Fangcheng Ports have been closed due to dense fog until further notice. Furthermore, vessel traffic has been suspended at North Channel of Shanghai, Nantong and Taicang Ports. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Rhine River

    20 Dec'16: Low water surcharge applicable on Rhine River. A continuous trend in the decrease of water levels is forcing vessels to load approximately 300-400 MT less cargo and pay 40 % surcharge over the loaded weight (10 % surcharge per 10 dm fall). Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 69 cm (17 cm less), Cologne 132 cm (18 cm less) and Ruhrort 220 cm (16 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to further decrease slightly. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    Tianjin, China

    20 Dec'16: Towage Lump-sum Tariff for foreign trade to be implemented at Port of Tianjin from January 2017. Towage costs will be based on vessel's LOA and draft. Revised tariff will allow shipowners for average savings starting from approx. 1000 USD for supramax vessels to approx. 3000 USD for capesize vessels. For more information: WSS Tianjin office at (+86) 22 2562 9099 502

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    Western Australian Coast

    20 Dec'16: Tropical cyclones expected off the West Australian Coast. Rio Tinto is clearing all berths in Port Walcott due to adverse swell conditions. Furthermore, loading operations has been suspended at all Parker Point berths in Dampier. Cyclone current position is 14.4 S / 113.9 E and heading E at 12 km/h. Wind speed is reaching 65 km/h with wind gusts up to 93 km/h. Tropical low is expected to intensify in the coming days and is likely to further affect shipping. For more information: WSS Dampier office at (+61) 8 9144 2311

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    Port Said, Egypt

    19 Dec'16: Suez Canal Authorities announced that all vessels calling Port Said for Southbound transit must settle transit dues 48 hours prior arrival. All attempts to call Port Said without paying transit dues in advance will result in anchoring vessel north of official cutting line by 3 nautical miles. Vessel will not be allowed to drop anchor and wait at Port Said outer anchorage area until issuing transit dues. For more information: WSS Port Said office at (+20) 66 3208891

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    Poti, Georgia

    19 Dec'16: Further dredging operations at Port of Poti after recent storms that have decreased max. permissible draft for access channel to 5,0 m. M/V Niko Nikoladze and M/V Astra, contracted by Harbour Master, are currently working to achieve following channel depths: 6,0 m on 21 December; 7,6 m on 25 December; 8,5 m on 27 December and 9,5 m on 8 January. Port Authorities are planning to continue dredging operations to reach 10,5 m depth by the end of January. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    19 Dec'16: Ship loader maintenance caused berthing delays up to 40 days for vessels loading aggregates at Port of Al Fujayrah. Furthermore, there are minor delays for tanker vessels at FOTT and Vopak Terminals up to 3 days due to port congestion. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Tianjin, China

    16 Dec'16: Dry bulk cargo operations suspended at Port of Tianjin until 21 December. Tianjin Government has issued a "Red alert for Heavy Air Pollution" restricting vehicle traffic, thus Port Authorities decided to stop all loading/discharging activities for bulk cargoes such as iron ore, coal, coke, etc. Heavy port congestion and berthing delays are expected for bulk cargo vessels. For more information: WSS Tianjin office at (+86) 22 2562 9099 502

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    Kiel Canal

    16 Dec'16: Big Southern Lockchamber at Kiel Canal will be taken out of service from 19 December until 21 December due to continuation of underwater inspection operations. Inspection works will be conducted during daytime only, between 0800 hrs and 1200/1300 hrs. Only one Big Lockchamber will remain operational, thus delays are possible. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    16 Dec'16: Revised tariff at Port of Abu Dhabi, effective from 1 January 2017. New tariff will include increased stevedoring charges i.e. labour hire, equipment hire and overtime charges. All marine charges will remain unchanged. Revised tariff will mainly affect dry bulk, steel, project and break bulk cargoes, presently discharging at port. For more information: WSS Abu Dhabi office at (+971) 2 673 3229

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    Marsaxlokk, Malta

    16 Dec'16: Gale warning for all vessels calling Maltese Ports, especially Port of Marsaxlokk. Expect port closures due to heavy rainfall and strong ESE wind with gusts up to 45 knots from 17 December 0100 hrs LT till 18 December 0400 hrs LT. Vessels are warned to take all necessary precautions at the berths, sea and in the docks. It is advised to increase number of ropes, observe the vessel continuously, request tug assistance or moor the vessel safely in order to avoid wind's effect. Significant wave height may reach up to 5.2 m. For more information: WSS Malta office at (+356) 2122 7890

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    Riga, Latvia

    15 Dec'16: Riga Universal Terminal to expand ZO-1 and ZO-2 berths at Port of Riga. Reconstruction project will include berths extension, dredging operations and construction of storm water sewer system. ZO-1 berth will be extended to 207 m length and dredged to 10,6 m depth; ZO-2 berth to 260 m length and 12 m depth. Reconstruction is expected to be completed by December 2017. Terminal handles dry bulk and general cargoes. For more information: WSS Baltics office at (+48) 91 88 13 245

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    Port Kembla, Australia

    15 Dec'16: Revised Svitzer tariff at Port Kembla, effective from 1 January 2017. In response to feedback from customers, Svitzer will conclude following changes: booking will be a vessel booking for Svitzer services, instead of tug booking; surcharge %’s will be reduced in line with market expectation; when Svitzer will be placed on standby for the Port, all costs for the standby will be shared evenly by the vessels in the port at that time. For more information: WSS Port Kembla office at (+61) 2 4275 1500

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    Santos, Brazil

    15 Dec'16: Customs strike action announced at Port of Santos. Customs officers will stop all attendances today, on 15 December during so called "No Day". Officers will cease their activities again between 20 and 22 December and only live cargoes, dangerous goods, medicines, perishables materials and skiff are going to be released during this period. Customs are striking against wage plan and regularization of terms related to independency and autonomy of their category. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Australian Ports

    14 Dec'16: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) inspections to commence at Australian Ports in January 2017. All vessels that have visited an overseas AGM risk ports will be subject to inspection on arrival. The heightened vessel surveillance period for AGM will commence on 9 January and is expected to end on 31 May 2017. For more information: WSS Brisbane office at (+61) 7 3216 0680

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    Chinese Ports

    14 Dec'16: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Tianjin 5-7 days with 8 vessels waiting and Bayuquan 5-7 days with 3 vessels waiting. Expected waiting time at Caofeidian, Jingtang, Lianyungang and Huangpu ports has been reduced to 1-2 days. Port closures or pilotage stoppages are possible due to strong wind. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Hamad, Qatar

    14 Dec'16: Qatar Ports Management has implemented revised tariff for all vessels calling Port of Hamad. New tariff consolidates small equipment and gear items in stevedoring charges and removes few marine dues, offering compact tariff. According to revised tariff, overall costs of each port call will increase slightly. For more information: WSS Doha office at (+974) 445 10 323

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    Russian Ports

    13 Dec'16: Ice navigation restrictions for all ships calling Russian Ports. Icebreakers escort will be compulsory for all vessels without ice class hulls, effective from 19 December at Vyborg, Vysotsk Ports and from 26 December at Saint Petersburg Port. Only vessels with ICE I class and above will be allowed to navigate without icebreakers upon receiving Harbour Master permission. There are no ice navigation restrictions at Primorsk and Ust'-Luga Ports. For more information: WSS Russia office at (+7) 861 761 3676

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    Poti, Georgia

    13 Dec'16: Maximum allowable draft for access channel to Port of Poti has been further decreased from 6,00 m to 5,20 m, based on latest soundings. Dredging operations will be conducted on 150 m area in order to remove approx. 80 000 m3 of material to increase the water depth to 9 m. Port Authorities will require approx. 10-11 days to achieve designated depth in the channel, subject to weather conditions and dredging efforts. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

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    Sea of Marmara

    13 Dec'16: Gale warning for all ports and vessels at Sea of Marmara. Expect strong northwester wind up to 30 knots from today, 13 December 1000 hrs LT till 14 December 0600 hrs LT. All ports, vessels and related organizations are warned to take all necessary precautions at the berths, sea and in the docks. It is advised to increase number of ropes, observe the vessel continuously, request tug assistance or moor the vessel safely in order to avoid winds effect. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300

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    Al Hidd, Bahrain

    12 Dec'16: New LNG Import Terminal at Port of Al Hidd to secure domestic energy demand in Bahrain. New terminal will include re-gasification facility, offshore storage platform, floating discharge jetty and underwater pipelines connecting complex with the shore. New facility capacity will reach up to 800m standard cu feet per day. First LNG import operations are expected to commence in early 2019. For more information: WSS Bahrain office at (+973) 1781 3000

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    Jubail, Saudi Arabia

    12 Dec'16: Adverse weather conditions at Port of Jubail. There were 9 port closures since 3 December due to high wind speed. Berthing delays for petroleum and chemical products increased to 3 days. Further port closures for vessel traffic are possible in the coming weeks. For more information: WSS Jubail office at (+966) 13 362 1848

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    Chennai, Ennore, India

    12 Dec'16: Tropical cyclone 'Vardah' to hit districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvalllur in Tamilnadu State, India. Chennai and Ennore ports were closed for vessel navigation until further notice. Expect heavy rainfall, gusty winds, power outages, local storm surge up to 1 m and tropical storm conditions with estimated wind gusts up to 160 km/h. Cyclone current position is 13.2 N / 82.3 E and heading W at 13 km/h. State Authorities has advised to keep all government institutions closed. For more information: WSS Mumbai office at (+91) 22 6637 5500

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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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    New Zealand 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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    Crimean Peninsula

    2 Dec'16: Vessel under Tanzanian flag suspected of Ukrainian law violation by calling Crimean port, specified on EU sanction list. M/V Sky Moon (IMO: 7525334) was detained by Ukrainian Immigration Service on 1 December during her Danube River passage and anchored at Reni Port, Ukraine. Court of Ukraine may impose fines and announce further vessel arrest. Calling Crimean Ports is prohibited by Ukraine government since March 2014. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

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    Parana River

    2 Dec'16: The water levels have decreased compared to last week on Paraná River. Expected water depth at Argentinian locations next week: San Pedro 168 cm, Ramallo 210 cm, San Nicolas 240 cm, Villa Constitucion 277 cm, Rosario 311 cm, Diamante 343 cm, Santa Fe 318 cm. For the coming weeks the levels are expected to further decrease slightly. For more information: WSS Argentina office at (+56) 32 229 2800

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    1 Dec'16: Iron ore Pier 2 at Tubarao, Brazil will be closed from 13 to 14 December due to scheduled maintenance. Further maintenance operations will be conducted on Iron Ore Pier 1 between 19 and 20 December. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. For more information: WSS Vitoria office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Kiel Canal

    1 Dec'16: Big Northern Lockchamber at Kiel Canal will be taken out of service from 5 December morning hours until 8 December afternoon hours due to underwater inspection operations. Big Southern 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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    Ukrainian Ports

    1 Dec'16: Official gale warning for Ukrainian Ports. Forecast for Odessa, Yuzhny and Chornomorsk ports: Wind S, SW 15-22 m/s, expected heavy precipitation by day, visibility 1-2 km, air temperature minus 0-5°C by night and plus 0-5°C by day. Forecast is valid till 3 December. Cargo operations and port pilotage can be suspended during this period. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

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    Singapore, Singapore

    30 Nov'16: Usage of electronic certificates for vessels under Singaporean flag now available at Port of Singapore. With the aim to reduce the administrative burden, Authorities approved the "Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates" that provide guidance to facilitate usage of electronic certificates. Organizations issuing statutory certificates on behalf of Singapore are authorized and encouraged to develop capabilities to issue electronic version of the statutory certificates. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Rio Grande, Brazil

    30 Nov'16: Stevedores strike action at Rio Grande, Brazil. Stevedores will stop all attendances as well as interrupt the access to the port terminals form 30 November 0700 hrs LT to 1 December 0700 hrs LT. Strike action will be preceded by national general stevedores meeting. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

    29 Nov'16: New multi-purpose storage space at Gesport Terminal Maritima, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Occupying 63 000 m2, new facility is located at 220 m quayside capable of berthing vessels up to 10,5 m maximum draft. Wilhelmsen Ships Services has signed an agreement with the GTM Terminal with the purpose to offer customers a valuable space to store and move cargo with great assistance and competitive prices. For more information: WSS Canary Island office at (+34) 928 464 896.

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    Rhine River

    29 Nov'16: Water levels on Rhine River have decreased compared to last week, however low water surcharge is not applicable. Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 157 cm (23 cm less), Cologne 241 cm (27 cm less) and Ruhrort 338 cm (21 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to slightly increase. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    Dardanelles Strait

    29 Nov'16: Expected waiting time for Dardanelles Strait passage is now up to 4 days, affecting all tankers due to strong vessel congestion. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300

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    Bosphorus Strait

    28 Nov'16: Bosphorus Strait has been closed for vessel passage both ways until further notice due to M/V Forward and M/V Wadi Alkarnak collision. Incident occurred today, at 1415 hrs LT. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300 // Update: Traffic was recommenced on 28 November 1800 hrs LT.

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    28 Nov'16: Fertilizers berth TPD 4 at Tubarao Port will be closed from 21 December to 28 December due to preventive maintenance. During this period, vessel maneuvers and port operations will be suspended. For more information: WSS Vitoria office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Kiel Canal

    28 Nov'16: Big Northern Lockchamber at Kiel Canal will be taken out of service from 28 November morning hours until 2 December afternoon hours due to routine inspection works. One big lock chamber and the small locks will remain operational, however delays are possible. Inspection works will be conducted during daytime only. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Novorossiysk, Russian Federation

    25 Nov'16: No operations will be available at Sheskharis Oil Terminal Pier No.2, Russian Federation till March 2018 due to berth reconstruction works. During this period, all tankers will be handled at pier No.1A (max. 140 000 DWT). For more information: WSS Russia office at (+7) 861 761 3676

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    Mackay, Australia

    25 Nov'16: New wash-down facility and quarantine approved premises at Mackay Port, Australia. New equipment at North Queensland Bulk Port allows customers to wash down equipment landed at the port and destined for use in mines or other projects. The Port of Mackay has entered a new era of break bulk trade thanks to new facilities being built - representing a significant demonstration of the port’s credentials as a major trade and logistics hub that supports the Mackay region. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    25 Nov'16: Grain berth TPD 3 at Tubarao Port, Brazil will be under maintenance from 8 December to 27 December. During this period, vessel maneuvers and port operations will be suspended. For more information: WSS Tubarao office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Newcastle, Australia

    24 Nov'16: Construction of Stolthaven’s new berth at Newcastle Port, Australia continues with berth face stabilizing and dredging currently underway. Investing in additional wharf, capable of berthing vessels up to 245 m LOA, 43 m beam, 13.5 m draft and 100,000 DWT, is essential to allow greater movement of tanker traffic and less vessel congestion at the general cargo berths which are currently being used for dual purpose cargoes. For more information: WSS Newcastle office at (+61) 2 4961 5488

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    El Dekheila, Egypt

    24 Nov'16: Expect delays at El Dekheila Port, Egypt due to port congestion. Estimated waiting time for vessel berthing is around 8-9 days (11 vessels waiting at anchorage). Waiting period will be subject to change based on cargo types and grain samples results. Main cargoes handled at port are fertilizers, grains, iron ore and salt. Weather forecast expect cloudy sky till the end of the week. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    24 Nov'16: Revised berthing restrictions at Al Fujayrah Port, UAE. Amended berth criteria as follows, Berth no. 5 - max. arrival draft 12,5 m, max. sailing draft 13,5 m; Berth no. 6 - max. arrival draft 10,5 m, max. sailing draft 11,5 m. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Kiel Canal

    23 Nov'16: Big Northern Lockchamber at Kiel Canal will be unavailable from 24 November 0800 hrs LT until 1300 hrs LT due to underwater maintenance operations. One big lock chamber and the small locks will remain operational, however delays are expected. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Chinese Ports

    23 Nov'16: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Tianjin 5-7 days with 10 vessels waiting; Jingtang 5-7 days with 9 vessels waiting; Caofeidian 5-7 days with 6 vessels waiting; Bayuquan 3-4 days with 3 vessels waiting; Lianyungang 3-4 days with 4 vessels waiting and Huangpu 3-4 days with 2 vessels waiting. Port closures at main iron ore ports are possible due to strong wind. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Panama Canal

    23 Nov'16: Panamanian Maritime Authority has suspended all vessels attentions till further notice due to incoming tropical storm Otto. In addition, weather conditions are affecting product deliveries line up to vessels at anchorages on Balboa and Cristobal sides of Panama Canal. Tropical storm current position is 10.8 N / 80.0 W and heading WNW at 6 km/h with maximum winds reaching up to 145 km/h. For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Norfolk, Newport News, United States

    22 Nov'16: Coal terminals at Norfolk and Newport News Ports, US will be closed during Thanksgiving Holiday. Norfolk Southern Pier 6 will be closed from 23 November 2300 hrs LT till 26 November 0700 hrs LT and Newport News Kinder Morgan Pier IX will be closed from 23 November 2359 hrs LT till 25 November 0600 hrs LT. During this period, loading operations will be unavailable. For more information: WSS Norfolk office at (+1) 281 867 2000

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    Chinese Ports

    22 Nov'16: Chinese Ministry of Transport to implement ECA policy in Pearl River Delta, Yangzte River Delta and Bohai Bay Rim, Tianjin area effective from 1 January 2017. All vessels berthing Tianjin, Jingtang and Caofeidian Ports will be obligated to use fuel oil containing 0,5 % m/m Suplhur or less. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Haldia, India

    22 Nov'16: Insufficient number of Tug boats affecting vessel berthing, sailing and shifting operations at Haldia Port, India. Port of Haldia is currently operating with only 4 tug boats which are in poor condition. Berth and cargo availability at port is sufficient, thus small number of tug boats is the only reason causing 3 days delay for vessel berthing. For more information: WSS Haldia office at (+91) 22 3224 255600

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    21 Nov'16: Al Fujayrah Port Authority announced: Overstay charges for vessels remaining at Al Fujayrah Offshore Anchorage Area “D” will be applicable only after ten days, regardless their nature of call. New regulation will be effective from 1 December 2016. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Vizag, India

    21 Nov'16: Dredging operations will be conducted at EQ-7 berth, Vizag Port, India until 25 October 0800 hrs. During this period, port operations at EQ-7 berth will be unavailable. Main cargoes handled at subject berth are: fertilizers, grain and steel. For more information: WSS Visakhapatnam office at (+91) 891 250 9526

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