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    Plague epidemic in Madagascar is spreading out including port city of Toamasina.

    US Maritime Administration has announced official warning for mariners, caution should be exercised by vessels calling in Madagascar.

    Madagascar has been facing of plaque touching major cities since August 2017. There are three types of plague: bubonic and septicemic plaques are spread by bites of infected fleas and handling infected animals, whereas pneumonic plaque is spread by contact with humans or animals that have plaque pneumonia and cough.

    Plaque can be effectively treated by antibiotics taken immediately after first symptom were diagnosed, otherwise it can cause serious illness or death. First symptom occurs 2-6 days after the bite and include head and body aches, fever, chills and weakness.

    WHO advice to travelers to protect themselves against flea bites, avoid contact with sick or dead animals and avoid close contact with patients, especially those who coughing up blood.
    WHO reported that from 1 August through 30 October 2017, a total of 1801 people have been infected, 127 people have died.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Maputo at (+258) 23 327 488

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    Adabiya, Egypt

    AMMCO berth opening postponed due to ongoing dredging operation.

    Adabiya Marine Management Co. "AMMACO" to commence first phase of constructing new terminal at the Port of Adabiya. First part of the project provides for berth no.1, with the designated length of 272,40 m and width of 65 m, capable of berthing vessels up to 50 000 MT with future plans to increase its capacity to 75 000 MT. AMMACO plans to dredge the berth no.1 to 14 m depth with possible deepening to 17 m. Berth will be designed to operate without tugs assistance. Furthermore, berth no.1 will be fitted with conveyor belts to warehouse and working along with Shore RailCrane or MobileCrane on the begging of 2018. Adabiya Marine Management Co. “AMMCO”, this is a private berth and storage company incorporated in Egypt, it is beneficially owned by the AMMCO, operating at the Adabiya Port in the Red Sea, for the purpose of constructing and operating bulk cargoes.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Alexandria at (+20) 3 484 3510

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    Chinese Ports

    Berthing delays for cape-size vessels at main iron ore ports in China:

    Bayuquan, Shanghai, Taicang, Huangpu above 7 days with 3-15 cape-size vessels waiting; Caofeidian, Rizhao, Nantong, Xiamen 5-7 days with 5-13 cape-size vessels waiting; Dalian, Jingtang, Lianyungang 3-4 days with 2-7 cape-size vessels waiting; Kemen, Zhanjiang, Fangcheng, Beilun 2-3 days with 1-5 cape-size vessels waiting; Qingdao, Zhoushan 1-2 days with 2-5 cape-size vessels waiting. There are no berthing delays for iron ore shipments at the Ports of Tianjin and Lanshan. Beilun and Zhoushan ports have been closed on 1st November 0745 hrs LT due to fishing boats. All the remaining iron ore ports are currently operational with no closures or maintenance operations at iron ore berths pending.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Shanghai at (+86) 21 6086 3888

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    Santos, Brazil

    Customs strike action at the Port of Santos.

    Customs officers are under strike, as from Nov 01st for uncertain period, attempting to pressure the Federal Government to improve wage recomposition which was previously settled between the Federal Government and Customs officers. Only live cargo, medicines, perishable materials and skiff are going to be released.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Santos at 55 1321011820

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    United Arab Emirates

    Banning of the ships flagged by Federated States of Micronesia.

    Federal Transport Authority has announced that they will not endorse any ships/seafarers certificates issued under Federated States of Micronesia, as FSM does not have international ships registry, hence all vessels flagged by Federated States of Micronesia are banned from entering UAE waters and ports.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Dubai at (+971) 4 382 3888