In its Australian ports update in view of the monsoon, ship agency GAC informed that berthing is currently suspended at Abbot Point Coal Terminal until further notice and there are no vessels alongside. There are currently 21 vessels at anchor.
The US Coast Guard cooperates with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to ensure alignment regarding training for mariners working on ferry vessels that transport HAZMAT. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) found in 49 CFR Parts 171-180 govern ferry vessels that transport hazardous materials.
Most of Algeria’s ports have been closed to traffic as a result of heavy weather, according to data provided by the Standard P&I Club. The closed ports as of 1st February include Arzew, Oran, Mostaganem, Skikda and Tenes.
The political crisis in Venezuela has in general terms no significant impact on the maritime field, according to an update by the Global P&I Correspondents. The only problems reported relate to a disruption of some bulk cargo discharge due to the unrest impacting the availability of trucks.
Australian’s Pilbara Ports Authority has cleared major Port of Rio Tinto as part of cyclone operations. The Authority addressed that ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland were under preparations for tropical cyclone ‘Riley’, which was offshore of northern Western Australia.
Due to the US government shutdown, the processes regarding application and confirmation of Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFRs), that are needed for ships entering US waters under regulations issued pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are now being affected. Operators should consult with their COFR issuers and/or Qualified Individual’s for a detailed guidance.
The Panama Canal Authority announced that it will continue to reduce the draught for the new locks, concerning the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the weeks following. This is to be in effect from February 27, 2019. The maximum authorised draught for vessels transiting the neo-panamax locks will be 14.63 metres (48.0 feet) TFW, down from the 14.94 metres (49 feet) draught that will be effective 11 February.
According to Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority, from January 1, 2019 the Notification relating to the Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods is amended by the Notification relating to the Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods (G.N. No. 3474/2018) published on 28 December 2018, as the Notification’.
Due to unprecedented pre-Lunar New Year inbound volumes, Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are experiencing extreme congestion, APL reported. The volume increase is creating many problems such as port delays, increased dwell times and terminal congestion. To deal with the severe congestion and enable better cargo flow, operators are called to: Pick up containers as soon as possible, after they have been discharged; Timely return of the chassis, to avoid chassis shortage for yourselves and others.
The UK P&I club received updates on the tsunami that affected Indonesia on December 22. The club recommends that vessels passing through are alert and try to stay clear of the area, as practically as possible. As the alters in the depth of the water aren’t confirmed yet, the area’s naval activity isn’t busy.
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