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Ivory Coast taxes shipowners

The North P&I Club informs that the Ivory Coast have issued a notice on their intention to collect fees from vessels that are engaged on international voyages and are loading or discharging at Ivorian ports. Namely, the country’s Secretary of State of the Minister of Transports has issued a note to shipowners whose vessels call at Ivory Coast, referencing the l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) regulations in relation to the Rights of Maritime Traffic, which took effect on 1 January 2020.

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Nigerian pirates demonstrate range with attack off Ivory Coast

A recent attack in the region illustrates a worrying and new development for the shipping industry Maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is not a new phenomenon and in many ways has been over shadowed by Somali piracy in recent years. A recent attack in the region illustrates a worrying and new development for the industry.In the early hours of Saturday 6 October, a Panamax tanker was boarded by suspected Nigerian pirates, in what is the first such recorded vessel hijacking off the Ivory Coast.The vessel was anchored and midway through a ship to ship (STS) operation off Abidjan when the incident occurred. Fourteen pirates armed with knives and AK47s boarded and hijacked the vessel, with more than 30,000 tons of gasoline on board. Under the control of the hijackers, the vessel left Abidjan, passing the neighbouring waters and coastlines of Ghana, Togo and Benin before finally arriving in Nigerian waters.The vessel was subsequently released on 9 October, but only after approximately 2,500 tons of gasoil had reportedly been misappropriated from the vessel. The crew of two Greeks and 22 Filipinos are reported to be in good condition with some damage to the vessel's communication system.The spill over of ...

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Ivory Coast – Wheat shortage fines in Abidjan

Information provided by the West of England P&I Club The West of England P&I Club has been advised by Ivory P&I, Abidjan, of alleged shortages of wheat discharged in Abidjan leading to the imposition of fines by the Customs Authorities.Inmost cases the draught survey figures will show either a small surplus or a small shortage of cargo, as would be expected, however, shore figures derived from the shore scales at the two principal wheat importers in Abidjan; Les Grands Moulins d'Abidjan and Les Moulins Modernes de Côte d'Ivoire, consistently show shortages of between 40 and 160 m.t.Discrepancies have also been found between the quantities recorded by the truck weighbridge operated by the stevedores and those obtained from a weighbridge operated by an independent third party; the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce. Therefore doubts exist as to the accuracy of the shore scales used by the principal wheat importers, and the weighbridge used by the stevedore company. In the event of a shortage the Customs Authorities impose a fine of 50,000 CFA Francs (approximately 76 Euros) per short-landed m.t.In order to protect Members' interests it is recommended that their Masters request a copy of the latest calibration certification for the weighbridge that ...

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European Union Council sanction against Ivory Coast

A further easing of the sanctions There has been a furthereasing of the sanctionsinvolvingthree previoulsy listed companies.Please click here for the HM Treasury notice on the topic.1. APROCANCI (COTE D'IVOIRE ASSOCIATION OF NATURAL RUBBER PRODUCERS)2. RTI (IVORIAN RADIO AND TELEVISION)3. SOGEPE (NATIONAL ELECTRICITY MANAGEMENT)Easing of European Union Council sanction against Ivory CoastEuropean Union Council Regulation (EU) No 419/2011 implemented on 29 April 2011 amends the restrictive measures imposed on persons and entities designated in EU Regulations 560/2005 and 25/2011. The restrictive measures consisting of the freezing of assets have now been eased with respect to the following entities:PETROCI (National Petroleum Operations Company of Côte d'IvoireBNI (National Investment Bank)BFA (Agricultural Credit Bank)Versus BankCaisse d'Epargne de Côte d'Ivoire (Savings Bank of Côte d'Ivoire)Banque de l'Habitat de Côte d'Ivoire (BHCI) (Housing Bank of Côte d'Ivoire)The regulation, which can be accessed here, is applicable to all Member States.European Union Council Regulation (EU) No 348/2011 implemented on 8 April 2011 amends the restrictive measures imposed on persons and entities designated in EU Regulations 560/2005 and 25/2011. The restrictive measures consisting of the freezing of assets have now been eased with respect to the following entities:SIR (Ivorian Refining Company)Autonomous Port of AbidjanAutonomous Port of San PedroCGFCC ...

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USCG enforces additional security restrictions to vessels calling Comoros/Ivory Coast

Update to the list of countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) has issued Port Security Advisory No. 03/11, which updates the list of countries that the U.S. considers are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in their ports.The Coast Guard has determined that the Union of the Comoros and the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire are the most recent countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in their ports.Vessels which are arriving from ports included in the list must implement special security actions prior to arrival. Please see Section C of the Port Security Advisory - "Actions required by vessels visiting the countries affected" and Section D - "Actions required by vessels in U.S. ports" for details of actions required to be taken by vessels in the listarriving in the U.S after 10 June 2011 after visiting ports in the list including the Union of the Comoros and the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.To view the Port Security Advisory No. 03/11 please click hereSource : USCG

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