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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

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    Kiel Canal

    13 Apr'17: The Authorities amend transit procedures at the Kiel Canal during lockchambers outage periods (18 April - 30 May and 6 June - 18 July). All vessels arriving for westbound transits are requested to report at least 2 hours prior arrival Kiel-Lighthouse to VTS Kiel Traffic on VHF CH 67. Vessels which do not report, but proceed into the Kiel fjord will not be considered in lock planning. For eastbound traffic the pre-announcement of lock availability will be transmitted well in advance and vessels will be requested to take waiting position near Elbe-1. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Geraldton, Australia

    12 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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    The Turkish Straits

    12 Apr'17: Estimated vessel passage delays at the Turkish Straits. All tanker vessels above 200 m LOA will experience 2-3 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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    Egyptian Ports

    12 Apr'17: The current situation overview at main Egyptian ports. Port of Damietta: operational with 5 vessels waiting & 12 expected (no delays); Port of El Dekheila: all berths are occupied with 11 vessels waiting & 5 expected (4-5 days delay); Port of Adabiya: all berths are occupied with 6 vessels waiting & 6 expected (3-4 days delay); Port of Abu Qir: all berths are occupied with 3 vessel waiting & 4 expected (3-4 days delay). Furthermore, berths no. 4 & 5 at Abu Qir port are still working with half capacity. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Abbot Point, Australia

    11 Apr'17: Abbot Point Port to resume port operations tomorrow, on 12 April 2017 after closures caused by recent cyclone Debbie. The Authorities are progressively working towards returning port to operational status, focusing mostly on ship loading activities. With the earlier scheduled return of the rail network, terminal expects to be ready to receive trains from 13 April evening hours. Only one rail receival (dump station) will be available for about 7 days with expected dual dump station operation from 20 April. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Rhine River

    11 Apr'17: Low water surcharge still applicable in multiple areas 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 10 % surcharge per 10 dm fall over the loaded weight. Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 141 cm (36 cm less), Cologne 210 cm (54 cm less) and Ruhrort 302 cm (57 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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    Chinese Ports

    11 Apr'17: Berthing delays for main iron ore ports in China: Bayuquan 5-7 days with 5 vessels waiting; Jingtang, Caofeidian, Shanghai, Kemen 3-4 days with 3-8 vessels waiting; Tianjin, Lianyungang, Xiamen 2-3 days with 1-3 vessels waiting; Dalian, Qingdao, Rizhao, Lanshan, Taicang, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan and Fangcheng 1-2 days with 1-3 vessels waiting. Currently, there are no berthing delays at Huangpu and Zhanjiang ports for iron ore shipments. For more information: WSS Shanghai office at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Kandla, India

    10 Apr'17: Kandla Port Dock Rail Terminal handling all types of cargo has been opened at the Port of Kandla. One of the major Indian port, handling more than 30 million tonnes of dry bulk cargoes annually, has decided to optimize port charges and develop efficient railway infrastructure in order to redirect cargo flows from roads to rails and to reduce the transportation dues. According to the revised tariff, costs of railway cargo movements will vary between RS 32 and RS 46 per metric tonne, depending on the cargo type. For more information: WSS Kandla office at (+91) 2836 231 158

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    Gladstone, Australia

    10 Apr'17: The Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited has announced that vessels with wire mooring lines will no longer be accepted for berthing at Auckland Point wharves at the Port of Gladstone, effective immediately. Following numerous risk assessments it has been deemed that vessels utilizing wire mooring lines pose a greater risk of causing manual handling injuries for linesman personnel. Cargoes handled at the Auckland Point Terminal are: grains, containerized break bulk, chemicals, petroleum products and LPG. For more information: WSS Gladstone office at (+61) 7 4972 8833

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    Chinese Ports

    10 Apr'17: The current situation at main Chinese iron ore ports: Shanghai, Taicang and Nantong ports have been reopened today, on 10 April 0542 hrs LT after recent pilotage service suspension due to strong wind with gusts up to 25 knots; Xiamen port remains closed from 10 April 0445 hrs LT due to heavy fog. Bayuquan, Dalian, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Rizhao, Lanshan, Lianyungang, Beilun, Zhoushan, Kemen, Huangpu, Zhanjiang 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

    7 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 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, dock worker 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

    7 Apr'17: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued official warning to mariners operating off Woodlands Oil Pier. Removal operations of Shell's Woodlands North Jetty and cargo pipelines will be carried out between 0800 hrs and 1800 hrs LT from Monday to Friday only, effective from 4 April until 1 October 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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    Australian Ports

    7 Apr'17: The current situation at Australian ports affected by cyclone Debbie. Hay Point and Darlymple Bay ports have already berthed a vessel, however all port operations will be subject to stakeholders decisions based on current coal stockpiles available at the port. Abbot Point port is currently working towards restoration of operations. BHP Billiton confirms that force majeure has been declared on coal products at the Port of Hay Point and most likely Dalrymple Bay and Abbot Point ports will shortly announce the same. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Adabiya, Egypt

    6 Apr'17: Additional requirements to be met at the Port of Adabyia in order to deliver supplies to the vessel. The Port Authorities have announced that supplying vessel with petroleum products, fresh water and provisions without special permission is now prohibited. According to the new requirements, vessel agent must obtain written approval from the Port Authorities to arrange supply delivery. The Authorities will suspended any agency that violates subject regulation. For more information: WSS Red Sea Ports office at (+20) 62 3196620

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    Penang, Malaysia

    6 Apr'17: Tanker vessels will not be allowed to berth or operate at DG Berth and Inner Berth at Port of Penang between 8 April 0700 hrs LT and 10 April 1900 hrs LT due to tanker pipeline monthly maintenance. The DG berth is equipped with 8 manifold arms and handles all types of dangerous cargo in liquid and gaseous state. Actual maintaining depths for subject berths are 11 m for the DG Berth and 7,5 m for the Inner Berth. For more information: WSS Penang office at (+60) 4 263 2819

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    Kiel Canal

    6 Apr'17: Big Northern Lockchamber at the Kiel Canal will be taken out of service today, on 6 April approximately between 0700 hrs and 1700 hrs LT due to scheduled maintenance operations. During this period Big Southern Lockchamber and the small locks will remain operational for shipping, however delays are possible. Furthermore, the Canal Authorities announced their intention to take each one big lockchamber out of operation to carry out necessary maintenance and repair works from 18 April to 30 May. For more information: WSS Germany office at (+49) 48 5282450

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    Egyptian Ports

    5 Apr'17: The current situation overview at main Egyptian ports. Port of Damietta: operational with 3 vessels waiting & 12 expected (no delays); Port of El Dekheila: all berths are occupied with 6 vessels waiting & 3 expected (4-5 days delay); Port of Adabiya: all berths are occupied with 4 vessels waiting & 4 expected (3-4 days delay); Port of Abu Qir: all berths are occupied with 3 vessel waiting & 5 expected (2-3 days delay). Furthermore, berths no. 4 & 5 at Abu Qir port are still working with half capacity. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Suez Canal

    5 Apr'17: The Suez Canal Authority encourages dry bulk vessel owners and operators to transit the canal by granting rebates up to 75 %. Laden dry bulk vessels coming from ports in East & South Australia and heading to ports in North West Europe shall be granted a 75% rebate of normal Suez Canal Transit tolls. Laden Dry bulk vessels coming from Republic of South Africa ports and heading to Mediterranean Sea Ports (Including Black Sea Ports); bounded by Ceuta port shall be granted a 40 % rebate. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 484 3510

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    Australian Ports

    5 Apr'17: The current situation at Australian ports affected by cyclone Debbie. Dalrymple Bay - operational, however once the available coal from current stockpiles is exhausted there will be a significant delays due to damage to the rail system. Hay Point - repair operations in progress, small number of vessels expected to be placed on shipping schedule later this week. Abbot Point - repair operations in progress, the earliest possible return to ship loading activities is estimated to be 6 April 0700 hrs LT. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Indian Ports

    4 Apr'17: The Indian Government reduces number of ports eligible to import scrap. The government has decided to permit only 14 ports to handle scrap, disallowing about dozen other ports from such activities. Earlier, scrap imports were permitted through 26 ports, including inland container depots, spread across the country. These 14 ports will be required to install and operationalize radiation portal monitors and container scanners until 31 March 2018. For more information: WSS Kandla office at (+91) 2836 231 158

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    Rhine River

    4 Apr'17: Low water surcharge applicable in multiple areas 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 10 % surcharge per 10 dm fall over the loaded weight. Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 177 cm (59 cm less), Cologne 264 cm (96 cm less) and Ruhrort 359 cm (103 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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    Ihla Guaiba, Brazil

    4 Apr'17: Iron ore piers no.1 South and no.1 North will be out of service from 7 April until 8 April at the Port of Ihla Guaiba due to scheduled preventive maintenance. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during this period. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for April at the iron ore berths at Ihla Guaiba port. Expect berthing delays up to 10 days for vessels handling iron ore shipments at the Brazilian port. For more information: WSS Rio de Janeiro office at (+55) 21 2582 8000

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    Panama Canal

    3 Apr'17: The Panama Canal Authority has published the list of Recognized Organizations (RO) authorized for the conduction of survey and certification of Panama flagged vessels. In order to comply with the International technical certificates, enlisted organizations have been entrusted with the survey of ships and issuance of relevant convention certificates. Each RO is authorized to carry out surveys and to issue specific technical certificates according to the national and international regulations adopted by Panama. For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Port Qasim, Pakistan

    3 Apr'17: First dedicated coal terminal in Pakistan to commence operations in April 2017 at the Port of Port Qasim. As a result of rising number of power plants, national demand for coal has increased, causing the necessity to further expand port infrastructure capacity. According to the All Pakistan Shipping Association, the new coal terminal will be able to handle approximately 3 million tonnes of coal annually with plans to further increase its capacity to 20 million tonnes by 2022. For more information: WSS Karachi office at (+92) 21 3587 3189

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    Australian Ports

    3 Apr'17: The current situation at Australian ports affected by cyclone Debbie. Mackay - clearance survey has been conducted on the approach and berths, M/V Challenge Pacific is already discharging alongside. Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay - port terminals have been reopened, however until the Regional Harbour Master confirms that the approach channel and berth pockets are clear, ships will not be allowed to berth. Abbot Point - port is still assessing the full impact of the cyclone, thus port operations are not expected to recommence prior to 4 April 0700 hrs LT. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Santos, Brazil

    31 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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    Australian Ports

    31 Mar'17: Berth closures at Australian Ports after recent cyclone Debbie. Mackay - no vessel movements will be scheduled until power is restored, port entrance requires survey. Abbot Point - berths will be opened on Saturday at the earliest, mine sites that supply Abbot Point such as Collinsville, Newlands and Sonama have had heavy rain which may impact cargo availability. Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point - once survey is completed and channel pockets are cleared a decision will be made on when shipping will commence. For more information: WSS Mackay office at (+61) 7 49563666

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    Egyptian Ports

    31 Mar'17: The current situation overview at main Egyptian ports. Port of Damietta: operational with 2 vessels waiting & 21 expected (no delays); Port of El Dekheila: all berths are occupied with 5 vessels waiting & 5 expected (4-5 days delay); Port of Adabiya: all berths are occupied with 6 vessels waiting & 8 expected (3-4 days delay); Port of Abu Qir: all berths are occupied with 2 vessel waiting & 7 expected (delay 2-3 days). Furthermore, berths no. 4 & 5 at Abu Qir port are working with half capacity. For more information: WSS Alexandria office at (+20) 3 4843510

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    Panama Canal

    30 Mar'17: The Panama Canal Authority has announced the west lane outage at Gatun Locks from 8 April 1800 hrs LT until 9 April 0600 hrs LT. Applications for reserved transits while Condition 1.a is in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours on Thursday, 6 April. The Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period. For more information: WSS Panama 24/7 Transit Desk office at (+507) 380 4429

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    Australian Ports

    30 Mar'17: Svitzer to revise its port tariffs at Australian ports, effective from 1 April 2017. Towage costs will be increased in following Australian ports: Ardrossan (2,5%), Brisbane (3,5%), Eden (2,5%), Freemantle & Kwinana (1,86%), Geelong (2,5%), Melbourne (2,4%), Newcastle (2,4%, lines 1,5%), Port Adelaide (2,5%), Port Bonython (10%), Port Botany (2,4%), Port Giles (2,5), Port Jackson (2,5%), Port Kembla (2,5%, lines 1,5%), Port Pirie (2,5%), Wallaroo (2,5%), Westernport (2,5%). For more information: WSS Melbourne office at (+61) 3 9630 0900

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    The Turkish Straits

    29 Mar'17: Estimated vessel passage delays at the Turkish Straits. All tanker vessels above 200 m LOA will experience 2-3 days delay for transiting the Dardanelles Strait and 1-2 days delay for passing through the Bosphorus Strait. Furthermore, dry bulk vessels above 250 m LOA will suffer 24 hours transit delay at the Turkish Straits. Dry bulk vessels below 250 m LOA may expect 12 hours delay. 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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    Paraná River, Argentina

    29 Mar'17: The water levels have decreased compared to last week on Paraná River. Expected water depth at Argentinian locations this week: San Pedro 188 cm, Ramallo 230 cm, San Nicolas 262 cm, Villa Constitucion 301 cm, Rosario 339 cm, San Martin 376 cm, Diamante 374 cm, Santa Fe 354 cm, Corrientes 337 cm and Iguazu 1280 cm. For the coming week the levels are expected to further decrease slightly (5 centimeters). For more information: WSS Argentina office at (+56) 32 229 2800

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    Tubarao, Brazil

    29 Mar'17: Iron ore pier no.2 will be out of service from 3 April until 18 April at the Port of Tubarao due to scheduled maintenance. No port operations or vessel maneuvers will be possible during this period. Currently, there are no further maintenance works scheduled for April at iron ore piers no.1 North, no.1 South and fertilizer berth TPD4 at the Tubarao port. Expect berthing delays up to 10 days for all vessels handling iron ore shipments at the Brazilian port. For more information: WSS Vitoria office at (+55) 27 3225 3616

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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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