HOT PORT NEWS from GAC


Construction of jetty at Tuas View
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Singapore

The working period for the construction of the jetty at Tuas View has been extended and the list of craft and working areas has been revised.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.80 of 2020 dated 27 October 2020, the work will now be conducted from 01 Nov 2020 to 30 Apr 2021 within the working area bounded by the following coordinates:

Working Area A

1) 01°16·867’N / 103°38·967’E

2) 01°16·736’N / 103°39·033’E

3) 01°16·646’N / 103°38·843’E

4) 01°16·691’N / 103°38·823’E

5) 01°16·704’N / 103°38·861’E

6) 01°16·733’N / 103°38·850’E

7) 01°16·717’N / 103°38·800’E

8) 01°16·717’N / 103°38·767’E

9) 01°16·733’N / 103°38·483’E

10) 01°16·756’N / 103°38·483’E

Working Area B

11) 01°16·724’N / 103°38·427’E

12) 01°16·719’N / 103°38·496’E

13) 01°16·676’N / 103°38·493’E

14) 01°16·681’N / 103°38·423’E

Work will be conducted from 0700 hours to 1900 hours from Monday to Saturday and 0730 hours to 1800 hours on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The construction of jetty involves dredging, piling, steel and concrete structural work. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work. Crafts involved in the work will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep well clear of the working area;

b) Maintain a proper lookout;

c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and

e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For further details and information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at [email protected]

Dredging works in Temasek Fairway for Tuas Terminal Phase 2
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Singapore

The working period for dredging works in Temasek Fairway for Tuas Terminal Phase 2 has been extended and the list of craft and working areas have been revised.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.81 of 2020 dated 27 October 2020, the work will now be conducted from 06 Nov 2020 to 05 May 2020 at Temasek Fairway, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates:

1) 01° 15·690’N / 103° 39·061’E

2) 01° 15·731’N / 103° 39·161’E

3) 01° 15·777’N / 103° 39·272’E

4) 01° 15·262’N / 103° 39·480’E

5) 01° 15·216’N / 103° 39·368’E

6) 01° 15·176’N / 103° 39·269’E

7) 01° 14·673’N / 103° 39·471’E

8) 01° 14·714’N / 103° 39·571’E

9) 01° 14·759’N / 103° 39·683’E

10) 01° 14·170’N / 103° 39·674’E

11) 01° 14·211’N / 103° 39·774’E

12) 01° 14·256’N / 103° 39·885’E

Work will be conducted 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.

Crafts involved in the work will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

Dredging works will be carried out by grab and suction dredgers, supported by hopper barges and pusher tugs. The dredgers will be held in position by spuds within the working area. A safety boat will be in attendance to warn and direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of working area.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep well clear of the working area;

b) Maintain a proper lookout;

c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and

e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For further details and information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at [email protected]

Update on road access during Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Singapore

This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage Season (KPS) is from 17 Oct 2020 to 14 Nov 2020. Marina South Pier (MSP) is the transit point where Kusu devotees and visitors take the ferries to the island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.82 of 2020 dated 27 October 2020, in view of the expected road traffic congestion and limited parking space at MSP, the shipping and harbour craft communities are requested not to drive to MSP and are encouraged to take the public transport instead.

Public who wish to visit Kusu Island during the KPS are required to make reservation via Singapore Land Authority’s website and obtain confirmation before proceeding to MSP for the ferry to the island.

Controlled Entry into MSP carpark (On Weekends and Public Holiday)

There will be controlled entry into MSP carpark from 0600hrs to 1700hrs on weekends and public holiday during the Kusu Pilgrimage period. Only authorised vehicles, with valid parking labels, will be allowed to enter and park at the MSP carpark.

Motorists are advised to park their vehicles at the alternative carparks below and use the free shuttle bus services plying between the alternative carparks and MSP.

17 Oct 2020 to 6 Nov 2020 – Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS)

7 Nov 2020 to 14 Nov 2020 – Meadow carpark at Gardens by the Bay

The free shuttle bus service will run between 0600hrs to 2000hrs from 17 Oct 2020 to 14 Nov 2020 on weekends and public holiday during the Kusu Pilgrimage period. The interval between shuttle services is approximately 20minutes.

There will be controlled entry to MSP carpark between the MBCCS and MSP on 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 October and 1 Nov between 0600hrs to 1700hrs, and the free shuttle services will be available from 0600hrs to 2000hrs.

In addition, there will be controlled entry to MSP carpark between the Meadow carpark and MSP on 7, 8 and 14 Nov (Deepavali) between 0600hrs to 1700hrs, and the free shuttle services will be available from 0600hrs to 2000hrs.

Authorised Access

Motorists who need to drive into MSP carpark during the controlled entry period can apply for authorised access into the carpark.

The application for authorised access should reach Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at least five working days in advance. Please include the following information in your application:

(i) Date(s) of access required

(ii) Purpose

(iii) Vehicle no(s)

(iv) Contact details (i.e. telephone/fax/email)

The MPA will look into each request for authorised access on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants will be informed to collect the car labels from the MSP’s Facilities Management office at 31 Marina Coastal Drive, #01-13A. The car label must be displayed on the vehicle’s wind screen for access into MSP carpark.

Safe Management Measures (SMM)

As part of SMMs, visitors to Kusu Island during Kusu Pilgrimage Season will be required to check in via SafeEntry and have their temperatures taken before boarding the ferry. Visitors are advised to stay home if feeling unwell.

For further details and information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at [email protected]

Crew change update
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Oman

Crew changes, as well as embarkation/disembarkation of security advisors, technical personnel, superintendents, etc. will be permitted subject to issuance of approvals/visas from the concerned authorities, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

All incoming vessels must adhere to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport, Immigration and Port Authority’s guidelines.

Supply of provisions, stores, spares, etc. can be arranged, and this is subject to prior approvals from the concerned authorities.

Disembarkation of crew under medical grounds or medical evacuation can be arranged for which permits and prior approvals from the concerned authorities must be obtained after submission of required details, history and condition of crew.

International air traffic in Oman had resumed on 1 October 2020. All persons travelling to Oman through airport and/or land borders will have to undergo PCR test for COVID-19. Payment of OMR 25/- (USD 66/-) per pax/per test is applicable.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at [email protected]

Seafarer arrivals suspended and quarantine curfews imposed
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will impose quarantine curfew in the entire Western Province (where Port of Colombo is situated) from midnight today (Thursday 29 October) until 0500 hrs Monday 2 November in an effort to contain COVID-19 spread in the country. Friday 30 October is a Full Moon Poya day (a public, bank and mercantile holiday) in Sri Lanka, and the curfew will cover the duration of the long weekend. In the meantime, the ongoing curfew in the Gampaha district and in 21 police areas in Colombo and the five police areas in Kalutara will continue until further notice.

All essential services and essential service employees will have permission to travel during the curfew period, therefore port activities and all related services continue to operate as usual with no interruptions.

Temporary Suspension of Seafarer’s Arrivals To Sri Lanka

As advised by the Presidential Secretariat, all arrivals by air including seafarers have been temporarily suspended with immediate effect, until further notice, with exceptions as listed below. This decision was taken after a new COVID-19 cluster was identified in Sri Lanka on 4 October.

Disembarkation of foreign seafarers, crew change operations of Sri Lankan crew and local/foreign Sea Marshals are allowed, subject to approval from authorities.

Further, bulk crew transfers using exclusive charter flights as per the health protocols will also be permitted, where the crew is required to transfer directly to/from port/airport. No stays at the Isolation Centre are allowed and no PCR tests can be carried out in Sri Lanka.

Other husbandry services including dry docking, lay-up, launch services, ship spares logistics, supply of bunkers/lubricants/provisions/fresh water, hull cleaning & underwater services etc can be carried out in Sri Lankan waters without interruption.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at [email protected]

Cessation of Force Majeure Event effective 1 November
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Krishnapatnam, India

Through a notice dated 24 March 2020, owing to Covid-19 pandemic, the Khrishnapatnam Port Company Limited had notified a Force Majeure Event and stated that the port was not responsible for any claims, damages, charges, etc. whatsoever arising out of/or connected to the above Force Majeure Event, either directly or indirectly, which without any limitation would include vessel demurrages.

However, now in light of the various unlock guidelines issues by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as well as by the respective State Government, as well as keeping in mind the fact that port services are categorized as “Essential Services”, we therefore in the interest to protect and secure the supply chain of the industries, inform the cessation of Force Majeure Event with effect from midnight on 1 November.

Although the impact of the said Force Majeure Event continues and the Khrishnapatnam Port Company contemplates the extent of its impact, the authority will endeavor to normalize the port services as soon as possible and practicable.

For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at [email protected]

Amended guidelines for foreign crew changes
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Cape Town, South Africa

With immediate effect, crew are arriving from high risk countries will need to obtain approval from the Department of Home Affairs, if required by the airline (travel agents should check with the respective airline). More information on high risk countries and step by step procedures are available on the Government website under International Travel.

GAC’s office in Cape Town will issue OKTBs and LOGs for on-signers to enter South Africa. On arrival in South Africa, they will be issued with a temporary transit visa, valid for 7 days.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in South Africa, contact GAC South Africa at [email protected]

Hurricane Zeta port closures
Thursday, October 29, 2020, Gulf Coast, United States

Hurricane Zeta has brought on widespread power and internet outages between Louisiana and Georgia. The ports of New Orleans, Pascagoula and Mobile are closed; Lake Charles remains open.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at [email protected]

Source: GAC



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