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    Australian Ports

    The Australian Government - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued ballast water managements guidelines.

    On 8 September 2017, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (the Convention) will enter into force. All internationally operating vessels entering Australia will require an:

    • approved Ballast Water Management Plan,
    • International Ballast Water Management Certificate.

    These documents must be in the form prescribed by the Convention. Furthermore, the Authorities have indicated approved methods of ballast water management:

    • ballast water exchange,
    • use of an International Maritime Organization type approved ballast water treatment system,
    • discharge to a ballast water reception facility,
    • on-board conversion of sea water to potable water for use as ballast
    • retention.

    Vessels do not need to use an approved method of ballast water management, if all ballast water in a tank is taken up on high seas, taken up and discharged in the same place, taken up and discharged within a declared same risk area or covered by a low risk exemption. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Brisbane at (+61) 7 3216 0680

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    Texas, United States

    Ports operational status in Texas after hurricane Harvey landfall - the biggest category 4 hurricane in 56 years to hit Texas.

    Nearly 1 meter of rain has fallen on the Houston area, hindering port operations, vessel traffic and causing local flooding and power outages.

    Ports that remain closed at this time: Point Comfort, Port Lavaca - ports are expected to recommence operations on 1st/2nd September with draft restriction up to 33 ft. (10,05 m); Port Arthur, Port Neches, Groves, Nederland, Beaumont - ports will remain closed until waters start to recede. Expected restrictions after reopening will include one way daylight traffic and maximum draft 30 ft. (9,14 m).

    Ports that are now open for limited operations: Corpus Christi, Port Aranas - operational with one way daylight traffic in convoy with 2 pilots for each vessels and draft restriction of 43 ft. (13,11 m); Freeport, Galveston, Texas City - operational with daylight traffic and maximum draft of 33 ft. (10,05 m); Houston - operational up to Morgan's point with daylight traffic and maximum draft of 37 ft. (11,28 m); Lake Charles - operational, however vessels with draft over 25 ft.(7,62 m) requires 2 tugs escort.

    The port of Brownsville is operational with no restrictions. Tropical storm Harvey is now heading inland, however close watch is being maintained due to the newest tropical storm Irma.