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    The Turkish Straits

    The passage delays overview at the Turkish Straits for tanker vessels.

    Vessel traffic at the Bosphorus Strait and at the Dardanelles Strait is currently in service with no suspensions pending for both, North bound and South bound passages.

    Estimated delays for panamax, aframax, suezmax tankers: 2-3 days at Dardanelles for Northbound passage; 1-2 days at Bosphorus for Northbound passage; 2-3 days at Bosphorus for Southbound passage; 2-3 days at Dardanelles for Southbound passage.

    Handysize tankers will be forced to wait approximately 1-2 days at Dardanelles for Northbound passage, 12-24 hrs at Bosphorus for Northbound passage, 1-2 days at Bosphorus for Southbound passage, 12-24 hrs at Dardanelles for Southbound passage. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Istanbul at (+90) 216 681 3300

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    Egyptian Ports

    Berthing delays for dry bulk and liquid cargoes at main Egyptian ports.

    • Port of Damietta: all dry bulk berths are occupied, with 14 vessels at the anchorage and 13 expected (3-4 days berthing delay for dry bulk cargoes), furthermore there are no delays expected for tanker vessels,
    • Port of Adabiya: all dry bulk berths are occupied, with 6 vessels waiting at the anchorage and 4 expected (berthing delays 4-5 days subject to cargo types, cargo readiness and vessel specifications), no berthing delays expected for tanker vessels,
    • Port of El Dekhila: most dry bulk berths are available, with 5 vessels waiting at the anchorage and 1 expected (estimated berthing delay subject to cargo sample results for grains),
    • Port of Abu Qir: slight berthing delays expected for dry bulk vessels, with no vessels at the anchorage and 4 expected. Berths no. 4 and 5 are still working with half capacity as the port is still being used by offshore vessels engaged in petroleum projects in the Mediterranean Sea,
    • Port Said: no berthing delays expected for dry bulk vessels, with no vessel at the anchorage.

    All the ports are currently operational with no closures or pilot service suspensions pending. 

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

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    Rhine River

    Low water surcharge still not applicable on the Rhine River, despite recent water levels decrease.

    The current water levels allow vessels to load approximately 300-400 MT cargo more and to avoid paying 10 % surcharge per 10 dm fall over the loaded weight. Expected water depth at German locations this week: Kaub 122 cm (48 cm less), Cologne 185 cm (67 cm less) and Ruhrort 359 cm (83 cm less). For the coming week the levels are expected to further decrease slightly.

    The Rhine is one of the world’s most frequented inland waterways - the fleet traveling on the Rhine waterway can be estimated at about 6,900 vessels, representing a transport capacity of 10 million tonnes, of which 1,200 are pushed barges, 4,400 motor cargo vessels and 1,300 tankers. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Rotterdam at (+31) 10 4877777

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    Chinese Ports

    Multiple port closures in China due to rough weather conditions.

    Vessel traffic and port operations have been suspended on 20th October 2100 hrs LT at the CJK ports (Shanghai, Taicang, Nantong) due to strong wind. The Port of Bayuquan remain closed since 21th October 0630 hrs LT due to rough weather conditions.

    Furthermore, vessel traffic and port operations have been suspended at the Port of Lianyungang from 22th October 2200 hrs LT due to high wind speed. Beilun and Zhoushan ports have recommenced operations today, on 23th October 0630 hrs LT after recent closure due to strong wind.In addition, sea pilot services remain suspended at Rizhao and Lanshan ports.

    Dalian, Tianjin, Jingtang, Caofeidian, Qingdao, Xiamen, Kemen, Huangpu, Zhanjiang and Fangcheng ports remain fully operational with no iron ore berths closures or pilotage service suspensions pending. 

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

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    Santos, Brazil

    Revised maximum permissible drafts at the Port of Santos.

    The Brazilian Navy has officially updated maximum permissible drafts, based on the latest soundings, effective from 20th October 2017. Revised drafts for Piacaguera Channel, which is the access channel for Cubatao Port Complex Terminals are now as following - 10,90 m at zero tide and 12,00 m at high tide. Main cargoes handled at Cubatao Port Complex Terminals are steel products at Usiminas berths and fertilizers/grains at Tiplam berths.

    Further draft updates have been made for Cultrale berths - 13,40 m at low tide and 13,70 m at high tide, Dow Quimica berths - 9,70 m at low tide and 10,00 m at high tide, Embraport - 14,20 m at low tide and 14,5 m at high tide. Main cargoes handled at subject berths are grains/frozen juice for Cultrale and containers for Dow Quimica and Embraport. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Santos at 55 1321011820