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Brazil – Amazon and Pará Rivers Ballast Water Regulations

Information provided by the West of Engalnd P&I Club The West of England P&I Club provides the following information at its website regarding Ballast Water Regulations in Brazil - Amazon and Pará Rivers:Since October 2005 it has been mandatory for all vessels planning to discharge ballast water in Brazilian ports and terminals to conduct a ballast water exchange whilst on passage. There is also an additional requirement for vessels proceeding to ports or terminals in the Amazon and Pará Rivers to conduct a second ballast water exchange at prescribed locations in order to reduce the salinity of the ballast water. Certain vessels are exempt, including warships, vessels with sealed ballast tanks not subject to discharge and ships whose design characteristics do not allow ballast exchange.However, the Club has been advised by Brazmar Marine Services Ltda than an increasing number of eligible vessels are failing to conduct the second ballast water exchange. Although such vessels may be treated leniently if proceeding to an area where the salinity of the water is already high, those calling at ports further up river where the water is less saline may be dealt with more rigorously.The Brazilian regulations require that a ballast water exchange takes ...

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Withdrawal of concession allowing unrestricted movement of Philippine crew – Brazil

Information provided by the UK P&I Club The UK P&I Club issues bulletin regarding the Withdrawal of concession allowing unrestricted movement of Philippine crew - Brazil as follows:Further to our Loss Prevention Bulletin 786 - 09/11 dated 23rd September 2011 - http://www.ukpandi.com/loss-prevention/article/786-09-11-restrictions-lifted-on-philippine-crew-brazil-3540/ - Santos correspondent Brazil P&I has now advised that the Federal Police have withdrawn the concession that allowed the unrestricted movement of Filipino seafarers through Brazilian ports.Members are therefore advised to follow the guidance contained in the Association's Loss Prevention Bulletin 756 - 04/11 dated 15th April 2011 as any seafarer not in possession of a seaman's book issued by a country that has ratified either ILO Convention No. 108 or No 185 will require a valid a valid Brazilian visa in order to join or leave a vessel, or to proceed ashore.Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.Source: The UK P&I Club

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Evac Onboard Atlantico Sul Shipyard’s New Tankers

Evac's complete wastewater system is onboard MT João Cândido Evac's complete wastewater system is onboard MT João Cândido, the first Suezmax tanker recently delivered by Atlântico Sul Shipyard (EAS) for Transpetro. Evac was selected for the first series of ten 160,0000 dwt Suezmax tankers and for the series of five 110,000 dwt Aframax tankers, also being built by Atlântico Sul Shipyard, the largest and most modern shipyard in Brazil.The delivery of MT João Cândido is a historical milestone for the shipbuilding industry in Brazil. Evac is proud to be a supplier for this vessel. All wastewater on the new tanker is handled and cleaned by Evac's latest water treatment technology.Evac provides a complete wastewater management solution, capable of handling all black (sewage) and grey waters (from galleys, sinks, showers) onboard, meeting the strict environmental requirements of IMO, the International Maritime Organization. The system operates fully automatically with little need for maintenance.Evac, with headquarters in Finland, is a company in the Zodiac Marine & Pool Group. With more than 30 years on the maritime market, Evac has supplied more than 10,000 ships, including all types of cargo vessels but also cruise liners, passenger ro-ro ferries, vessels and rigs for the Oil ...

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Brazil immigration procedures for crew

Brazilian ports are banning seafarers from taking shore leave or joining commecial ships Immigration authorities in Santos and in some Brazilian ports are banning seafarers of certain nationalities from taking shore leave or even repatriating from/joining commercial ships. Local immigration is targeting seafarers holding seaman's books issued by countries who have not signed up to the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Convention 108, such as the Philippines.According to information received by the Brazilian Ship Agency and Owners Association (FENAMAR), the situation regarding Filipino crew members on vessels calling at Santos has been normalised. The same procedure is being adopted as in Rio de Janeiro and Vitoria. This means that Filipino crew members onboard ships calling at port as part of an international voyage will be allowed to go ashore and sign on/off by presenting a valid seaman's book issued from the Maritime Authority of their country of nationality or ship's flag, together with a valid passport. For crew members from other nationalities, a valid seaman's book issued by a country that is party to ILO's C 108 or a passport with valid visa V (working visa) will be requested.Free translation:"As determined by the General Coordinator of the Immigration, located at Brasilia ...

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Brazil – Withdrawal of the Restriction on the Transit of Filipino Seafarers through Brazilian Ports

Information provided by the West of England P&I Club Further to previous news articles regarding restrictions in Brazil on the movement of seafarers that do not possess a Seaman's Book issued by a country that has ratified either ILO Convention No.108 or 185, the requirements have now been partly relaxed.Santos correspondents Brazil P&I have advised that, according to reports, the General Co-ordination of the Immigration Affairs in Brasilia has revoked all restrictions on the movement of Filipino seafarers through Brazilian ports, even though the Philippines has ratified neither of the ILO Conventions.The result of this change is that Filipino seafarers may now join and sign off vessels, or proceed ashore using their Seaman's Book rather than a passport containing a Brazilian Visa. Although the concession is confined to Santos at the present time, other Brazilian ports are expected to follow in due course.It is important to note only Filipino seafarers benefit from this change. The restrictions on the movement of seafarers who possess Seaman's Books issued by countries that have not ratified the Conventions, and who do not possess a valid Brazilian Visa in their passport, remain in place for all other nationalities.Click here to see the countries that have ...

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Restrictions lifted on Philippine crew adopted by Brazil

information provided by the UK P&I Club The UK P&I Club issues bulletin regarding Restrictions lifted on Philippine crew adopted by Brazil as follows:The Brazilian government have acquiesced to pleas to relax immigration controls affecting Philippine crewmen under the ILO C108 & C185 regulations adopted by Brazil earlier this year.The position of the Brazilian government to suspend the ability for foreign seafarers not in possession of a passport or seaman's discharge book from a country which has ratified ILO C 108 or C185 to go ashore or to disembark. This had consequences to a vessels ability to affect crew changes in Brazil.However it has been reported to the Club that the port of Santos has received instruction from the General Coordination of the Immigration Affairs in Brasilia that such an imposition against Philippine seafarers has been revoked in all Brazilian ports.The result of this is that, Philippine seafarers holding a Seaman's Book or valid Passport will be allowed to sign in/out or come ashore. Presently this only applies in the port of Santos but it is expected that similar instructions have been sent to the other Brazilian ports and therefore restrictions have been lifted there also. This ruling applies only ...

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Deepening of the Channel Port of Santos – Brazil

Information provided by the Skuld P&I Club The Skuld P&I Club issues circular regarding Deepening of the Channel Port of Santos - Brazil as follows:In order to dredge and deepen the channel to the projected 15 meters depth, two rocks must be removed and the dredger YUANG DONG 007 arrived in port last week to perform the job which is expected to take about two months.The YUANG DONG 007 was designed and built for use on the Panama Canal expansion project and is the first of its kind to be self-propelled.Work will start now this month and during the breaking down of the Teffé and Itapema rocks, navigation in the channel will be suspended whilst blasting is performed. These periods will be of about three hours duration daily and the times of interdiction will be advised timely.Source: The Sculd P&I Club

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Substandard vessels port of Santos – Brazil

Information provided by the Skuld P&I Club The Skuld P&I Club issues Circular regarding Substandard vessels port of Santos - Brazil as follows:For some time now there has been discussion about vetting vessels over 25 years of age before they enter the port of Santos and at the end of July, the Advisory Council for the Port of Santos- CAP, using the power conferred on them under the Law 8630 of 25/02/1993 (Port Privatization Law) and:Considering that substandard vessels represent great risk to laborers, port installations and the environment; Considering that substandard vessels cause losses to the Port Operator (Stevedore entity) because they affect the efficiency and regularity of the operations; Considering that the Maritime Authority, in compliance with International Conventions cannot impede vessels that possess the necessary international certifications from entering the port; Considering that the Port Authority authorizes the entrance to, departure from as well as all the operations and movement within the port with the exception of the intervention of the maritime authority in movement considered priority in the case of assistance and safety of vessels; Considering that in order to programme and authorize the entrance and departure of vessels, the Port Administration needs to be well ...

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Coastal Marine Equipment establishes representation in Brazil – secures multiple vessel order

Coastal Marine has been awarded for two Oil Spill Response Vessels Coastal Marine Equipment has extended its presence into the Brazilian marketplace by teaming with Macnor Marine and Macnor Services to assist in equipment sales and service.This relationship has proven successful as Coastal Marine has been awarded the deck equipment for two Oil Spill Response Vessels' being built in Brazil at EISA Shipyard. Each vessel will receive an ABS approved anchor windlass, two capstans and two tuggers.The equipment will be engineered, manufactured and tested at Coastal Marine's facility located on eleven acres in Gulfport, MS.They currently manufacture a complete line of marine deck equipment including anchor windlasses, capstans, towing winches, mooring winches, anchor winches, reels, spud winches, stern rollers, tow pins and rescue boat davits.Source: Maritime Executive

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Hamworthy to open new service centre in Brazil

It will provide assistance to ship and offshore operators, including spares Hamworthy is to open a new dedicated service centre in Brazil.This new service centre represents a direct investment in a market that has offered sustained growth for its oil and gas handling systems and pump systems businesses in recent years, the company said.With offices in Rio and planned workshops and warehousing operations in Macae, it will support customers through easy access to spare parts from a domestic warehouse and qualified service personnel for all Hamworthy products, as well as related products and equipment installed on board.The service centre will also offer assistance to domestic yards during the installation and commission stages of vessel construction.Hamworthy has won several new orders recently in Brazil's growing marine and offshore sectors.These included a major contract from Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Promar for the design and supply of cargo handling systems for eight LPG carriers for operation by Transpetro, the shipping arm of Petrobras.The vessels will be designed by Hamworthy's naval architecture consultancy in Poland, Hamworthy Baltic Design Centre, along with the cargo tanks and cargo handling systems.Other contracts involved the supply of equipment to Brazil's offshore sector, including a number of FPSOs."Brazil is a ...

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