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    Port Sultan Qaboos, Oman

    Cessation of management and operations of Port Sultan Qaboss (PSQ) by Port Services Corporation SAOG.

    The Minister of Transport and Communications has announced the Ministry's decision not to renew the concession agreement with the Corporation to manage and operate PSQ after its expiry on 31th December 2017. The concerned government authority will announce in due course the name of the entity which will manage and operate PSQ with effect from 1st January 2017. Accordingly, SAOG will not take any responsibility whatsoever and will not be involved in any means of the management and operational affairs of PSQ after 31th December 2017.

    SAOG will manage and operate PSQ under a concession agreement with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman until its expiry date. Port Services Corporation beckons the shippers and consignees in Oman with cost-effective and viable solutions with developed infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities and services to facilitate quick delivery and turn round time for vessels, cargo / container and trucks. 

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Muscat at (+968) 22001200

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    Chinese Ports

    The current situation overview at main Chinese iron ore ports.

    Vessel traffic and port operations have been suspended today, on 9th October at the Port of Bayuquan (from 0830 hrs LT) and at the Port of Caofeidian (from 1000 hrs LT) due to strong wind. Furthermore, marine operations at the Port of Jingtang have been ceased on 9th October 0800 hrs LT due to heavy fog.

    Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Rizhao, Lanshan, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Taicang, Nantong, Beilun, Zhoushan, Xiamen, Kemen Huangpu, Zhanjiang and Fangcheng ports remain fully operational with no iron ore berths closures or pilotage service suspensions pending. Furthermore, rainfalls are forecast for today, 9th October at Dalian and Tianjin ports.

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

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    Kiel Canal, Germany

    Brunsbuettel locks temporary closure at the Kiel Canal.

    The Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that Big Northern Lockchamber at Brunsbuettel will be taken out of service from Monday, 9th October until Thursday, 12th October due to scheduled maintenance operations and repair works. Renovation activities will be conducted between 0700 hrs LT and 1600 hrs LT daily. During these periods Big Southern Lockchamber and the small locks will remain operational for shipping, however delays are possible.

    The Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal) is the world's busiest artificial waterway with more than 29 000 vessels passages annually. It is the safest, shortest and the most convenient shipping route between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. An average of 280 nautical miles may be saved by using the Kiel Canal instead of the way around Skaw.

    For more information:
    Wilhelmsen Brunsbuettel at (+49) 48 5282450