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  • 1600 x 900 Kiel Canal

    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.

  • 1600 x 900 tug boat

    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

  • 1600 x 900 sawn timber

    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

  • 1600 x 900 rotterdam port

    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

  • 1600 X 900 Grain category

    Australian Ports

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

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    Singapore, Singapore

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

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    Mesaieed, Qatar

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

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    Mumbai, India

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

  • 1600 x 900 tug boats

    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

  • 1600 x 900 draft marks

    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

  • 1600 x 900 coal category 5

    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

  • 1600 x 900 iron ore terminal

    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

  • 1600 x 900 iron ore category 3

    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

  • 1600 x 900 Storm

    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

  • 1600 x 900 certification

    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

  • 1600 x 900 strike

    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.

  • 1600 x 900 Rhine River

    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

  • 1600 x 900 tanker

    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

  • 1600 x 900 oil terminal

    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

  • 1600 x 900 mning equipment

    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

  • 1600 x 900 grain category 4

    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

  • 1600 x 900 delay

    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

  • 1600 x 900 draft marks

    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

  • 1600 x 900 Kiel Canal

    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

  • 1600 x 900 Iron ore category 4

    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

  • 1600 X 900 coal category 3

    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

  • 1600 x 900 tug boat

    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

  • 1600 x900 anchorage

    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

  • 1600 x 900 dredging

    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

  • 1600 x 900 storm

    Poti, Georgia

    21 Nov'16: Poti Port, Georgia is closed for navigation of vessels due to stormy weather until approx. 22 November 0900 hrs. Traffic was suspended on Saturday, 19 August 2300 hrs LT. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

  • 1600 x 900 rupee

    Indian Ports

    15 Nov'16: Government of India has demonetized legal tender (currency notes) of Rs.500 & Rs.1000 on 9 November. Currency notes of Rs.500/- & Rs.1000 are no longer valid for normal financial transactions. As a result there is also USD currency shortage in the market. In order to avoid huge losses in currency conversation, for next 7 days to 30 days Weizmann Forex ltd. will charge 3.75% handling charges instead of 1.5%. CTM services will be affected. For more information: WSS Mumbai office (+91) 22 6637 5500

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