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    Indian Ports

    28 Mar'17: Possible strike actions in India. Six port worker federations of major ports in India are threatening to go on strike from 19 April, if the Union Government will not accept their demands. The unions are intending to protest against too many provisions of the Major Ports Authority Bill introduced in Parliament and they want certain amendments incorporated in the bill. Furthermore, the six federations have decided to launch a campaign against the bill in the ports and also to make the general public aware of its harmful effects. For more information: WSS Kandla office at (+91) 2836 231 158

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    Singapore, Singapore

    28 Mar'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued official warning to mariners operating off North of Pulau Semakau. The experiment and deployment of acoustic array will be carried out between 0900 hrs and 1700 hrs LT daily between 29 and 31 March and between 3 and 4 April 2017. 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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    Chinese Ports

    28 Mar'17: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Lianyungang 5-7 days with 8 vessels waiting; Bayuquan, Lanshan, Taicang, Xiamen 3-4 days with 3-6 vessels waiting; Tianjin, Rizhao, Huangpu, Zhanjiang, Fangcheng 2-3 days with 1-4 vessels waiting; Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Nantong, Beilun, Zhaoushan and Kemen 1-2 days with 2-4 vessels waiting. There are no berthing delays at Dalian and Shanghai ports for iron ore shipments. All the ports are currently operational with no closures pending. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Mundra, India

    27 Mar'17: Revised maximum permissible draft at the Port of Mundra. The Port Authorities announced draft restriction decrease from 13,50 m to 13,20 m at berth no.2, from 13,30 m to 12,90 m at berth no.3, from 17,20 m to 16,90 m at berth no.6, from 14,50 m to 14,10 m at berth no.10 and from 13,90 m to 13,80 m at berth no. 12, based on latest soundings. Revised draft will affect steel and liquid cargoes, handled at the 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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    Ponta da Madeira, Brazil

    27 Mar'17: Iron ore pier no.1 will be out of service from 3 April till 22 May at the Port of Ponta Da Madeira due to conveyor revitalization. Further renovation activities will be conducted at the following iron ore berths: pier no.3 South between 1 and 3 April; pier no.3 North from 8 April until 10 April; pier no.4 South between 27 and 29 April. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for April at the Ponta Da Madeira Port. For more information: WSS Sao Luiz office at (+55) 98 3227 3367

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    Australian Ports

    27 Mar'17: Tropical cyclone Debbie causes multiple port closures in Australia. Hay Point (including Hay Point Coal Terminal & Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal), Abbot Point and Mackay ports have been closed until approximately Wednesday afternoon. Severe tropical cyclone Debbie has recently strengthened into a category 3 system, and is expected to intensify further as it continues to Queensland coast today. Expect destructive winds with gusts up to 125 km/h and abnormally high tides along the coast. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Australian Ports

    24 Mar'17: Gale warning for Mackay area ports. The Coral Sea tropical low is expected to develop into a cyclone and move west toward the coast over the coming weekend. All three terminals in the Mackay area (Abbot Point, Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point) are still operational. The Harbour Master will evaluate the weather over the weekend and will make a decision if the Ports in the watch area remain open. Terminals are also evaluating the weather and will put in place their cyclone watch procedures over the next 12 hours. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia

    24 Mar'17: The Port Authorities have announced revised port charges at the Port of Ras Tanura, effective from 20 March. Customs Tonnage dues calculations will be now based on the cargo quantity instead of vessel's GRT. New dues will be charged at SAR 1 per metric ton, increasing from SAR 0.57 per GRT. Revised Customs Tonnage dues will affect oil, gas and liquid petroleum products handled at Ras Tanura and Khafji ports. Ship Agencies tried to negotiate dues with the Port Authority on meeting held on 23 March, however with no success. For more information: WSS Rastanura office at (+966) 13 667 3364

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    Kiel Canal

    24 Mar'17: The Big Southern Lockchamber repairs have been successfully concluded at the Kiel Canal approximately 12 days before estimated completion date. The lockchamber has been taken out of service on 11 March due to unforeseen technical problems. The Big Southern Lockchamber in Brunsbuettel was expected to be back in service approximately on 3 April 2017. Currently both, Northern and Southern Big Lockchambers are operational and available for shipping once again. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Singapore, Singapore

    23 Mar'17: New edition of Singaporean Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) to be released on 6 April 2017. Revised ENC will include updates covering Pasir Panjang Terminal, East Jurong Channel, Western Anchorages, around Pulau Bukom, West of Pulau Sebarok, Shell SBM, East of Semakau Dumping Ground, Jong Fairway, Sentosa, Raffle Anchorages, Buran Channel, Western Quarantine and Immigration Anchorage, East Keppel Fairway, Marina South Pier, Eastern Corridor and Eastern Fairway and the Main Strait. For more information: WSS Singapore office at (+65) 6395 4545

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    Ras Gharib, Egypt

    23 Mar'17: New port tariff at the Port of Ras Gharib, effective from 1 March 2017. The Authorities have implemented revised tariff, increasing costs of boat services, pilotage and port dues. Service boat fees increased from 177 to 186 USD/hour for small unit and from 346 to 364 USD/hour for big unit. Furthermore, pilotage and port dues have been revised as following: 6003 USD for tankers < 50000 SDWT, 7798 USD for tankers between 50000 and 75000 SDWT, 9594 USD for tankers between 75000 and 100000 SDWT and 11389 USD for tankers > 100000 SDWT. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Santos, Brazil

    23 Mar'17: Multiple fertilizer berth closures at the Port of Santos due to scheduled maintenance and dredging operations. Termag berth will remain unavailable until 2 April, berths no. 13/14 will be out of service from 27 March until 1 April and from 14 April until 19 April, Tiplam berth will be closed between 3 and 23 April, Perola berth will be unavailable from 11 April to 14 April. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for April at the port. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Egyptian Ports

    22 Mar'17: The current situation overview at main Egyptian ports. Port of Damietta: operational with 9 vessels waiting & 10 expected (3-4 days delay); Port of El Dekheila: all berths are occupied with 3 vessels waiting & 8 expected (3-4 days delay); Port of Adabiya: all berths are occupied with 2 vessels waiting & 8 expected (2-3 days delay); Port of Abu Qir: operational with 4 vessel waiting & 7 expected (delay 2-3 days). Furthermore, berths no. 4 & 5 at Abu Qir port are still out of service due to maintenance operations. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Rhine River

    22 Mar'17: Water levels on Rhine River have decreased compared to last week, however low water surcharge is not applicable. Vessels are no longer forced to load approximately 300-400 MT less cargo and pay 40 % surcharge over the loaded weight. Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 232 cm (146 cm less), Cologne 544 cm (60 cm less) and Ruhrort 462 cm (186 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to remain at the same stage. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    Chinese Ports

    22 Mar'17: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Taicang, Bayuquan 5-7 days with 6-8 vessels waiting; Qingdao, Shanghai, Zhanjiang 2-3 days with 3-7 vessels waiting; Tianjin, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Rizhao, Lanshan, Lianyungang, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan, Xiamen, Kemen, Huangpu and Fangcheng 1-2 days with 1-5 vessels waiting; There are no berthing delays at the Port of Dalian for iron ore shipments. All the ports are currently operational with no closures pending. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Turkish Ports

    21 Mar'17: Vessels calling Crimean ports to be banned in Turkey. According to the latest regulations agency contacts such as crew change or CTM will be prohibited to all vessels sailing from any Crimean Port (Sevastopol, Kerch, Yalta, Theodosia, Evpatoria). Furthermore, such vessels will not be allowed to perform any port operations in any Turkish port. The Government of Ukraine is continuously monitoring the situation - recently the Court of Ukraine has arrested M/V Sky Moon on 15 March, confiscating both, ship and cargo of soda ash. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

Featured articles

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    Suez canal rebates guide: Navigating the rebate system

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

    Written by Steffen Langlete , Product Manager, Full Agency

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    Eid Al Adha Holidays: How are port operations affected?

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

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