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Ports & Terminals — By on July 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Worldwide – 2010 FTP Code now mandatory
  • Angola, all ports – Prevention & control of pollution in national waters
  • India, Pipavav – Revised port tariff
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Sea Parade on 8 July 2012
  • Australia, Gladstone – Towage industrial action update (5 July 2012)

DATE: July 05, 2012 COUNTRY: Worldwide 2010 FTP Code now mandatory 

Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) came into force on 1 July 2012, thereby enhancing the fire safety provisions onboard all ships.

The 2010 FTP Code provides the international requirements for laboratory testing, type-approval and fire test procedures for products referenced under SOLAS chapter II-2 (which includes regulations on fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction).

The 2010 FTP Code includes the following: test for non-combustibility; test for smoke and toxicity; test for “A”, “B” and “F” class divisions; test for fire door control systems; test for surface flammability (surface materials and primary deck coverings); test for vertically supported textiles and films; test for upholstered furniture; test for bedding components; test for fire-restricting materials for high-speed craft; and test for fire-resisting divisions of high-speed craft.

It also includes annexes on products which may be installed without testing and/or approval and on fire protection materials and required approval test methods.

Other amendments to international treaties which entered into force on 1 July 2012 include:

– amendments to SOLAS regulation V/18 to require annual testing of automatic identification systems (AIS);

– amendments to SOLAS regulation V/23 on pilot transfer arrangements, to update and to improve safety aspects of pilot transfer;

– amendments to safety certificates in the SOLAS appendix and SOLAS Protocol of 1988, relating to references to alternative design and arrangements;

– amendments to the International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972, to include addition of new paragraphs in Regulation 1 Safety Approval Plate, specifying the validity of and elements to be included in approved examination programmes; the addition of a new test for containers being approved for operation with one door removed; and the addition of a new Annex III Control and Verification, which provides specific control measures to enable authorized officers to assess the integrity of structurally sensitive components of containers and to help them decide whether a container is safe to continue in transportation or whether transport should be stopped until remedial action has been taken;

and

– a new chapter 9 of the International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code), related to fixed fire detection and fire alarm systems.

(For information about operations worldwide contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the Contact section of www.gac.com)

Source: International Maritime Organisation (IMO – www.imo.org) Briefing 26 dated 3 July 2012

DATE: July 05, 2012 –  COUNTRY: Angola – PORT: all ports  – Prevention & control of pollution in national waters

An important environmental statute has just been introduced to prevent and control pollution in Angolan waters.

The “Regulations on Prevention and Control of National Waters Pollution”, enacted by Presidential Decree 141/12, apply to national and foreign ships, vessels, oil tankers and platforms in waters under national jurisdiction, as well as to industrial installations subject to monitoring by the Environmental Authority.

Key highlights include the following:

– Ships, vessels, oil tankers, platforms, ports and industrial installations must comply with the Regulations, the Marine Pollution (“MARPOL”) Convention of 1973 and the related Protocol of 1978.

– National or foreign ships, vessels, oil tankers and platforms causing pollution may be forced to suspend their operations in Angolan waters.

– National or foreign ships, vessels, oil tankers and platforms with a weak pollution control system or that may represent a risk for the environment may be refused entry into Angolan waters.

– Ships, vessels, oil tankers, platforms, ports and industrial installations need to be equipped with appropriate devices aimed at preventing environmental accidents and water pollution and must have a water pollution emergency plan.

– Hydrocarbon discharges in Special Protection Areas, Protected Areas and in waters under Angolan jurisdiction are, respectively, forbidden and subject to control and inspection, unless exceptions are expressly provided for.

– Strict liability for environmental damage is applicable with a very wide scope.

– Ships, vessels, oil tankers, platforms, ports and industrial installations must be specifically insured for remediation/compensation of environmental damage.

– Offenders of the Regulations face penalties, including fines that can reach USD 100, 000.00

For further details or information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

DATE: July 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: India – PORT: Pipavav – Revised port tariff

A revised port tariff will come into effect at Pipavav Port from 1 August 2012.

For details of the new tariff and information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

DATE: July 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Sea Parade on 8 July 2012

A sea parade comprising three ferries and about eighteen pleasure vessels will take place on 8 July 2012.

Participating vessels will gather in the waters off the west of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) at about 1610 hours. The parade will start at about 1630 hours, follow a route passing the HKCEC and disperse at the west entrance of Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter at about 1645 hours. A fireboat will display water jets along the parade route.

Marine Department and Marine Police patrol launches will be deployed to regulate marine traffic during the passage of the sea parade.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the parade fleet and comply with any direction given by the Marine Department and Marine Police patrol launches.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.100 of 2012 dated 5 July 2012

DATE: July 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Gladstone – Towage industrial action update (5 July 2012)

The unions involved in the industrial dispute at Gladstone and SMIT Marine have agreed to a three week moratorium on industrial action from 2 July.

Discussions will continue in conjunction with Fair Work Australia.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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