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    Panama Canal

    24 Apr'17: Amendments to fuel requirements in the Panama Canal Waters. Vessels arriving at the Canal waters with the intention to visit the Pacific or Atlantic ports and will not transit, may be allowed to proceed to and from the port terminal on heavy fuel. Furthermore, vessels intending to transit the Canal or to call above ports will be permitted to use heavy fuel to operate their auxiliary engines during their stay at port. Fuel shall be changed over to light at least two hours prior to the Canal transit (scheduled pilot time). For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Geraldton, Australia

    24 Apr'17: The Mid West Ports Authority has announced train unloader shutdown at the Port of Geraldton from 8 May 0600 hrs LT to 10 May 2359 hrs LT due to scheduled maintenance. Currently, there are five vessels at anchorage awaiting the Grain Berth. Only minimal congestion experienced across all other berths at present, however as the port is already seeing the effects of the surge season it can be expected that all berths will begin to see an increase in congestion due to berth closures during periods of harbour surge. For more information: WSS Geraldton office at (+61) 8 6365 5409

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    Gothenburg, Sweden

    24 Apr'17: The Authorities are considering dredging the fairway leading into the Port of Gothenburg to approximately 16,5 m. The port channel requires deepening by four metres in order to receive the new generation of freight vessels. According to the Swedish Transport Administration (STA), a deeper fairway into the Gothenburg Port would be a profitable investment for society. Every krona invested would produce four kronor in return. The government will ratify the plan in spring 2018. For more information: WSS Sweden office at (+47) 3557 3730

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    The Turkish Straits

    21 Apr'17: Estimated vessel passage delays at the Turkish Straits. All tanker vessels above 200 m LOA will experience 2 days delay for transiting the Dardanelles Strait and 24 hours delay for passing through the Bosphorus Strait. Furthermore, dry bulk vessels above 250 m LOA will suffer 1-2 days transit delay at the Turkish Straits. There are no transit delays for tankers below 150 m LOA. Transit delays are caused by the recent traffic suspensions due to rough weather combined with strong vessel congestion. For more information: WSS Istanbul office at (+90) 216 681 3300

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    Santos, Brazil

    21 Apr'17: Multiple fertilizer berth closures at the Port of Santos due to scheduled maintenance and dredging operations. TIPLAM berth will remain unavailable until 26 April, berths no. 13/14 will be out of service from 24 April until 29 April, PEROLA berth will be closed between 2 and 5 May. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for fertilizers berths for April or May at Brazilian ports. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Mississippi River

    21 Apr'17: The water levels increase on the Mississippi River. Expected water depth at American locations: New Orleans 358 cm (11,76 ft), Reserve 253 cm (16,29 ft), Donaldsonville 497 cm (21,12 ft), Baton Rogue 921 cm (30,23 ft), Red River Landing 1400 cm (45,95 ft). For the coming weeks the levels are expected to decrease slightly. The Authorities plan to dredge the river channel to 50 ft. so three Southeast Louisiana ports can accept bigger cargo ships to take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion. For more information: WSS New Orleans office at (+1) 504 739 7100

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    Tianjin, China

    20 Apr'17: The Government of China to halt the truck transportation of coke and coal cargoes at the Port of Tianjin due to serious air pollution, effective from 1 May. Coal/coke transportation via container or railway network will be the only permitted conveyance method after 1 May. The new policy will significantly increase cargo logistic costs and reduce the turnover efficiency at Tianjin port. As a result, coal/coke shipments at Tianjin port are expected to decrease from May. For more information: WSS Tianjin office at (+86) 22 2562 9099 502

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    Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates

    20 Apr'17: Oil Tanker Berth (OTB) No. 3 maintenance at the Port of Al Fujayrah. The Fujairah Oil Tanker Terminals (FOTT) has announced that the berth will be out of service from 19 April for 6 weeks period for extensive repairs and project works. All customer operators, surveyors and agents will use Gate no.26 for access to OT2 berths and Gate no.24 for OTB1 & OTB2. Internal access to OT2 via OT1 will be blocked for 6 weeks. Access through OT-1 / Gate 24 will be granted to users visiting ships on berths 1 & 2 only. For more information: WSS Fujairah office at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Egyptian Ports

    20 Apr'17: The current situation overview at main Egyptian ports. Port of Damietta: operational with no berthing delays for both, dry bulk and liquid cargoes; Port of El Dekheila: most berths are occupied with 12 vessels waiting & 3 expected (4-5 days delay for grain cargoes); Port of Adabiya: all dry bulk berths are occupied with 5 vessels waiting & 4 expected (5-6 days delay), however there are no delays for tanker vessels; Port of Abu Qir: operational with 5 vessels expected (no delay). For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Santos, Brazil

    19 Apr'17: Potential strike actions at the Port of Santos. The Stevedores Union has announced that strike action is supposed to take place at the port on 28 April in order to manifest against Social Security recast recently proposed by the Government of Brazil. The outlined stoppage shall include not only stevedores, but also other operational chain links, such as drivers, gear operators, watchmen, etc. Further updates regarding potential strike actions will be published in due time. For more information: WSS Santos office at (+55) 13 2101 1822

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    Hay Point, Australia

    19 Apr'17: The current situation at the Port of Hay Point, affected by recent cyclone Debbie. The Goonyella railway system has experienced significant damage at multiple sites and was originally expected to take five weeks to repair. Aurizon now expects this system, which connects into Hay Point Coal Terminal and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, to re-open on Wednesday, 26 April with speed restrictions and reduced capacity. This is approximately one and a half weeks earlier than previously advised. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Indian Ports

    19 Apr'17: Revised tax regulations to affect cargoes handled at Indian Ports. The Government of India has announced that tax services for goods transported by sea and provided by a foreign shipping line to a foreign charterer (goods destined for India) can be now charged at 1.4% of value of imported goods according to the Service Tax Rules, effective from 23 April 2017. The importer of the goods has been allowed to avail Cenvat credit on the basis of the challan of payment of service tax. For more information: WSS Mumbai office at (+91) 22 6637 5500

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    Tauranga, New Zealand

    18 Apr'17: Berth changes at the Port of Tauranga to affect vessels handling fruit cargoes. The Port Company No.1 Shed Coolstore, has been demolished, and a new one was due to be completed in time for this year’s Kiwifruit season, however asbestos was found in the old coolstore, so progress has taken longer than expected. Kiwifruit vessels will now load at Berth’s 4 & 5 for most of the season (up until August 2017, TBC), with checkpoint services through Shed no.3. For more information: WSS Tauranga office at (+64) 7 575 6877

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    Chinese Ports

    18 Apr'17: The current situation at main Chinese iron ore ports: Tianjin, Jingtang and Caofeidian ports remain closed from 17 April due to heavy fog and strong wind; Shanghai, Taicang, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan and Zhanjiang ports have been reopened yesterday, on 17 April 1200 hrs LT after recent pilotage service suspension due to strong wind with gusts up to 25 knots. Bayuquan, Dalian, Qingdao, Rizhao, Lanshan, Lianyungang, Xiamen, Kemen, Huangpu and Fangcheng ports remain fully operational with no pending closures. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Indian Ports

    18 Apr'17: Strike actions in India are still possible as dock worker federations of major Indian ports are threatening to go on strike from 19 April, if the Union Government will not accept their demands. The ports that are likely to be affected by the strike are Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Kandla and Marmugao. The unions are intending to protest against too many provisions of the Major Ports Authority Bill introduced in Parliament. For more information: WSS Kandla office at (+91) 2836 231 158

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    Gibraltar, Gibraltar

    13 Apr'17: Pilotage fees at the Port of Gibraltar to increase by 2,5 %, effective from 1 May 2017. Revised boarding and landing fees will increase to 103 £ for vessels between 3000 GT and 30 000 GT, and to 154 £ for vessels above 30 000 GT. New pilotage fees, including sea to anchorage, shifting anchorage and warping between berths will start from 41 £ for vessels up to 500 GT, ending with 338 £ for vessels over 150 000 GT. Furthermore, revised dues for berthing and unberthing to a quay will reach 528 £ for vessels over 150 000 GT. For more information: WSS Gibraltar office at (+350) 200 03 999

Featured articles

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    Pest inspection requirements in the maritime industry

    The maritime industry is the most dangerous sector for spreading various exotic pest species around the world, hence insects or their egg masses can be easily carried on ships and in cargo unnoticed.

    Written by Mateusz Irek , Analyst, Port Knowledge Team

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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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