HOT PORT NEWS from GAC


Ambient air quality improvement
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

As part of the Government of Fujairah’s Sustainable Development Plan, the Port of Fujairah is committed to supporting the drive for improving the ambient air quality in Fujairah by reducing odor emissions related to VOCs. The first step in the process is to identify the root cause of the pun gent odors being reported by Fujairah residents and put in place the necessary mitigating measures. Therefore, the Port of Fujairah are implementing the following procedures.

Effective from Sunday, December 27, all terminals are required to submit a Third Party Certificate of Quality for all vessels loading operations at FOTT and for all products. The Certificate of Quality must address all parameters established in the Port of Fujairah NTM 148 Product Acceptance Criteria related to the particular product.

Effective from Sunday, December 20, Vessel Agents are required to submit directly to FOTT, a Third Party Certificate of Quality issued at the Load Port for all vessels wishing to discharge their cargo at FOTT. The Certificate of Quality must address all parameters established in the Port of Fujairah NTM 148 Product Acceptance Criteria related to the particular product.

Any vessel arriving at Fujairah for discharge without a Third Party Certificate of Quality issued at the Load Port must be sampled at the anchorage by a Third Party Surveyor and a copy of the Certificate of Quality issued directly to FOTT prior to commencing any vessel discharge.

These procedures only apply to trading vessels. Barges are exempt.

(For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at [email protected])

Source: Port of Fujairah letter dated 7 December 2020

Force Majeure Event declared
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Krishnaptnam, India

Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd has declared a Force Majeure at the port with effect from 001 hours local time on 25 November. This comes after two successive storms – Nivar and Burevi – hit the eastern part of the country on 24 November and 3 December, bringing heavy rains, wind, swell and strong currents.

Although precautionary measures were taken to minimize the impact, there has been a considerable reduction in charted depths in the port waters which may result in the port reducing the allowable draft or being unable to perform its obligations. There has also been huge siltation due to the storms which will take some time to remove and restore the safe channel.

Ships drawing less than 16 metres will continue to be handled without restrictions.

The port has notified a “Force Majeure Event” wherein it will not be responsible for any claims, damages, charges, etc.

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

Declaration of Force Majeure after severe storms
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Karaikal, India

Very severe Cyclonic Storm Nivar and Cyclonic Storm Burveu have severely affected the Port of Karaikal. The port has been experiencing very strong winds, very rough seas with heavy seas. Karaikal Port has also experienced consistent and excessive rainfall for the past 10 days. All port operations have been very severely affected and this constitutes a Force Majeure event.

All precautions that are operationally possible have been taken to protect the cargo available in the port in various stackyards and warehouses. However, due to the excessive and unprecedented rainfall experienced over the past 10 days, cargo sliding has taken place from the heaps stacked in the various yards. While the port will take all possible efforts to restack the cargo once the rain stops, please be advised that KPPL will not be responsible and/or liable for the quality and/or quantity of the cargo during this Force Majeure event.

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

Source: Karaikal Port notice dated 5 December 2020

Source: GAC



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