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    Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

    Further bans for companies failing to comply with port regulations in Fujairah.

    The Federal Transport Authorities have released FTA Circular No.5 2017 stating that due to the repeated cases of seafarer abandonment by Indian company in the recent years at United Arab Emirates ports and waters, and the latest case of their vessel, where the crew has abandoned on board, suffering from shortage in provisions, fuel as well as lack of medical care, unpaid salaries and dues, all ships belonging to the subject company is banned from calling United Arab Emirates ports or anchoring in its territorial waters until further notice.

    It is strongly advised to comply with all the port requirements and regulations in order to avoid banning from operating or anchoring at UAE ports.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Fujairah at (+971) 9 222 8400

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    Dampier, Australia

    The current situation overview at the Port of Dampier.

    The Pilbara Port Authority have announced that the maximum LOA permitted for vessels calling inner anchorage no.1,2,3 in Dampier has been reduced from 200m to 100m. Furthermore, Dampier Cargo Wharf is undergoing fender replacement operations since May 2017 until November 2017. The Berths Western Face will be extremely limited during this period and it will be unlikely that vessels will be able to berth with an LOA greater than 100m.

    Congestion levels at the Port are at normal levels:

    • Salt Loadings: 0-3 days,
    • Tanker: 0-3 Days,
    • Iron Ore: 3-7 Days,
    • General Cargo: 0-3 Days.

    Upcoming weather patterns: Dampier’s Cyclone Season runs from the 1st or November until the 1st April each year.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Dampier at (+61) 8 9144 2311

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    Chinese Ports

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

    • Bayuquan, Rizhao, Taicang, Huangpu above 7 days with 9-16 cape-size vessels waiting,
    • Caofeidian, Shanghai, Xiamen 5-7 days with 8-10 cape-size vessels waiting,
    • Jingtang, Lanshan, Lianyungang 3-4 days with 5-10 cape-size vessels waiting,
    • Tianjin, Kemen, Zhanjiang 2-3 days with 3-5 cape-size vessels waiting,
    • Dalian, Qingdao, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan and Fangcheng 1-2 days with 1-4 cape-size vessels waiting.

    Bayuquan, Shanghai, Taicang and Nantong ports have been closed yesterday, on 11th October 0930 hrs LT due to strong wind. CJK ports are expected to recommence operations on 13th October. Furthermore, The port of Lianyungang has been reopened yesterday, on 11th October 1900 hrs LT after recent closure due to heavy fog. 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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    Mississippi River

    Water levels decrease on the Mississippi River, comparing to the previous week.

    Expected water depth at American locations: New Orleans 89 cm (2.92 ft), Reserve 105 cm (3.46 ft), Donaldsonville 115 cm (3.78 ft), Baton Rogue 206 cm (6.76 ft), Red River Landing 536 cm (17.59 ft). For the coming weeks the levels are expected to slightly increase.

    In measure of tonnage, the largest port district in the world is located along the Mississippi River delta in Louisiana. The Port of South Louisiana is one of the largest volume ports in the US, representing 500 million tons of shipped goods per year. Shipping at the lower end of the Mississippi is focused on petroleum and petroleum products, iron and steel, grain, rubber, paper, wood, coffee, coal, chemicals, and edible oils.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen New Orleans at (+1) 504 739-7100

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    Mobile, United States

    Dredging operations to affect vessel traffic at the Port of Mobile.

    The Alabama State Port Authority has announced that Mike Hooks Dredging, Inc will commence dredging operations on or about 10th October 2017 at the Alabama State Port Authority berths no. 2, no.5 and Blakeley Terminal and remain there for approximately 21 days. The dredging should be completed on or about 1st November 2017.

    Dredging company will at times have an anchor barge located near the edge of the channel, blocking safe passage. Prior any vessel passage the dredge must be contacted at least 30 minutes in advance in order to have them move any of their equipment. The dredge MISSOURI H can be reached on channel 13/16/71 VHF/FM or by cell phone.