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    Durban, South Africa

    24 Feb'17: Vopak to further invest in South Africa to meet rising demand for petroleum products. Durban Vopak Terminal expansion will include 10 new tanks, additional berth pipelines and a new loading arm. In order to provide the most efficient way to supply Johannesburg region, Durban port will be connected with pipeline to another Vopak investment - facility in Lesedi which will have the capacity of 100 000 cbm, 6 storage tanks and 8 truck loading bays with a vapour recovery system. For more information: WSS Durban office at (+27) 31 274 3200

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    Yangon, Myanmar

    24 Feb'17: Grab rental service now available at Port of Yangon! Five remote controlled 12 cbm grabs are now placed at Thilawa Terminal, serving both MIPL and MITT for bulk cargoes such as coal, fertilizer and grains. WSS Myanmar is now accepting bookings for its new feature providing a solution to the lack of cargo handling equipment available at the bulk terminals. Technical details: SWL 25 MT, normal load 15.5 MT, Gross weight 9,5 MT, bulk density range 1,0 - 2,5 MT/cbm, max width (opened) 3828 mm, operation height (opened) 9450 mm. For more information: WSS Yangon office at (+959) 77 608 5069 / wss.myanmar@wilhelmsen.com

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    24 Feb'17: Iron ore Pier 2 at the Port of Tubarao will be closed from 4 to 6 March due to scheduled maintenance operations. Further renovation activities will be conducted at the iron ore Pier 1 North/South between 9 and 13 March. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during these periods. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for March at the main Brazilian iron ore ports. For more information: WSS Tubarao office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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    Singapore, Singapore

    23 Feb'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued official warning to mariners operating off north of Lazarus Island. Deployment of an instrumented research buoy will be carried out between 0900 hrs and 1900 hrs LT on 24 February. The buoy will be installed at site for one year till 24 February 2018 to collect research data. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft during the installation 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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    Egyptian Ports

    23 Feb'17: Revised visa price to affect crew change costs at Egyptian ports. The Immigration Department announced visa cost increase from 25 USD to 60 USD, effective from 1 March 2017. Furthermore, overstaying visa penalty will be increased from 7,5 USD to 67 USD. The official circular hasn't been published yet, however the information have been confirmed with the Cairo International Airport and various Immigration Departments. The cost will be applicable at any airport or sea port in Egypt. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Spanish Ports

    23 Feb'17: Spanish stevedores to conduct strike actions from 9 March until 25 March, during odd hours. No agreement was reached between the association of stevedore employers Anesco and the Social and Economic Council of Spain on meeting held on 21 February, after the Government of Spain declared intentions to reform port management system, abolishing regulation that obligates stevedoring companies to hire unionized staff only. For more information: WSS Barcelona office at (+34) 932 62 9100

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    Ukrainian Ports

    22 Feb'17: Ice navigation campaign has been cancelled at Odessa, Chornomorsk, Kerch, Reni, Ust-Dunaysk and Izmail ports, effective from 22 February 0000 hrs LT. Vessels calling these Ukrainian ports are no longer required to have an ice class. Current ice situation at ports with ice campaign remaining in force: Berdyansk and Mariupol ports - floating ice 10 points, concentration 10 points; Kherson port - fast ice 7 points, thickness 0,1 - 0,25 m; Nikolayev port - ice thickness 15-30 cm. For more information: WSS Odessa office at (+380) 482 300 600

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    Newport News, United States

    22 Feb'17: Revised maximum permissible draft at Port of Newport News to affect coal shipments to Kinder Morgan Pier IX. Port Authorities have announced revised draft of 49 ft (14,94 m) at the South side and 46 ft (14,02 m) at the North side, based on latest soundings. New restrictions will affect maximum loading capacity for dry bulk vessels at the Newport News Port. The Authorities are planning to dredge both sides in May 2017 during ship loader outage period. For more information: WSS Norfolk office at (+1) 281 867 2000

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    Chinese Ports

    22 Feb'17: Multiple port closures at main Chinese ports due to adverse weather conditions. Beilun, Xiamen and Fangcheng ports have been closed due to dense fog or high wind speed until further notice. Pilotage services have been suspended at Port of Lianyungang due to strong wind. Furthermore, port operations and pilotage services have been recommenced today, on 22 February 0915 hrs LT at Shanghai, Taican and Nantong ports after recent closure due to bad weather conditions. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Rhine River

    21 Feb'17: Low water surcharge still 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 130 cm (29 cm less), Cologne 209 cm (75 cm less) and Ruhrort 302 cm (82 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to remain the same. For more information: WSS Rotterdam office at (+31) 10 487 7980

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    Adabiya, Egypt

    21 Feb'17: Heavy congestion expected for tanker vessels at Port of Adabiya. There are 6 vessels scheduled to call palm oil & chemicals berth No.9 with 1 tanker currently discharging alongside. Average discharging time of each vessel varies between 2 and 4 days. February is one of the busiest and most congested months in the season with 130 000 MT of palm oils imported. Adabiya Port is the main Egyptian port importing palm oils and the only port for tanker vessels at Red Sea Area. For more information: WSS Suez office at (+20) 62 3196620

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    Chinese Ports

    21 Feb'17: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Rizhao 5-7 days with 13 vessels waiting; Tianjin, Jingtang, Lianyungang, Xiamen, Kemen, Zhanjiang 3-4 days with 3-9 vessels waiting; Shanghai, Taicang 2-3 days with 3-3 vessels waiting; Bayuquan, Caofeidian, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan and Fangcheng 1-2 days with 1-4 vessels waiting. There are no berthing delays at Dalian, Qingdao, Lanshan and Huangpu ports for iron ore shipments. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Poti, Georgia

    20 Feb'17: Maximum permissible draft for access channel to Port of Poti has decreased from 10,50 m to 9,6 m, based on latest soundings. Draft decrease has been caused by recent storms that have reduced channel depth and width on profiles -350/-200 and +300/+500. Night navigation through the 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. Dredging operations will be conducted in order to achieve maximum allowable working draft of 10,5 m. For more information: WSS Poti office at (+995) 393 271 681

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    Panama Canal

    20 Feb'17: The Panama Canal Authority has announced maneuvering fuel draft advisory to all Shipping Agents, Owners and Operators. Vessels operating on heavy fuel oil are required to change to light fuel prior entering into water bodies under the responsibility of the PCA. Sulfur content in the light fuel shall not exceed the limit set by MARPOL (3,5%). Requirement does not apply to vessels equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system, nor to vessels operating on a low-sulphur hybrid fuel type. For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Chinese Ports

    20 Feb'17: Multiple pilotage service suspensions at main Chinese Ports due to bad weather conditions. Bayuquan, Dalian, Shanghai, Taicang, and Nantong ports have been closed due to strong wind up to 20 knots until further notice. Furthermore, port operations were suspended at Port of Xiamen due to poor visibility today, on 20 February between 0630 hrs LT and 0945 hrs LT. Further port service operation suspensions are possible in the coming days. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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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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    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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