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Piracy and Terrorism, Ports & Terminals, Regulatory — By on December 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – Hijacked crew freed
* United States, all ports – Contingency plans for potential trade disruption
* Singapore, all ports – Singapore’s first Port Operations Control Centre decommissioned
* Singapore, all ports – Regulations entering into force

DATE: December 28, 2012 COUNTRY: Worldwide Hijacked crew freed

A vessel’s crew hijacked almost three years ago by Somali pirates has been freed, says the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

After 1000 days in captivity the 22 remaining crew of the MV Iceberg 1 were freed as a result of a two-week operation by the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) in Garaad in the Mudug region of Somalia. The freed hostages needed some medical attention and are reportedly showing signs of physical abuse and illness. During the years of captivity two crew died.

The vessel was hijacked off the Yemeni coast in March 2010….

….The IMB commended the PMPF on their actions against the pirates. None of the crew were harmed during the operation….

….The number of successful pirate attacks off the Somali coast have decreased in the past year, largely due to the efforts of international
navies in the region, as well as the use of private armed security guards on vessels and other measures to harden vessels against attack.

Despite these measures, pirate vessels and attempted attacks have been reported in the Somali Basin, Gulf of Oman and the Southern Red Sea. There have been 75 incidents reported to the IMB off Somalia this year of which 14 vessels were hijacked. The IMB called for vessels to remain alert as they transit through these waters as the threat has not diminished.

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

Source: ICC International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) news release

DATE: December 28, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Contingency plans for potential trade disruption

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is establishing procedures for events that cause major delays and diversions of vessel cargo arriving and departing the U.S.

The CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) is working with all field locations to update contingency plans so all affected seaports can resume
vessel operations and entry processing of freight as quickly as possible.

The following procedures are general vessel, cargo, and entry guidelines developed in cooperation with trade stakeholders and incorporating CBP system limitations identified during the recent disruptive events. These instructions should assist the trade stake holders in developing
contingency plans for the possible diversion of vessels and cargo scheduled for discharge at U.S. ports. Trade members should work closely with local CBP port management to ensure compliance with all CBP policies and procedures. These procedures are only applicable during the disruptive event. CBP will publish a notice when these interim procedures are terminated and normal processing resumes.

Full guidelines are available online at the CBP website (http://www.cbp.gov)

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: December 28, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore: all ports Singapore’s first Port Operations Control Centre decommissioned

Following the commissioning of its new Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) at Changi Naval Base in July 2011 and the re-commissioning of its upgraded POCC at PSA Vista in September 2012, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today [28 December] officially decommissioned its POCC at Tanjong Pagar Complex (POCC-TPC).

Today’s decommissioning of POCC-TPC marks the retirement of Singapore’s first POCC after more than 28 years of faithful service in ensuring
navigational safety of vessels in the Singapore Strait and Singapore’s port waters.

First commissioned on 1 May 1984, POCC-TPC initially used VHF radios to manage vessel traffic in Singapore until the first radar based Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) was installed in 1990.The VTIS allowed POCC officers to see the positions of vessels in real time on a screen and provide navigational assistance to these vessels. In 2000, POCC-TPC was upgraded with a new VTIS that was able to track up to 5, 000 vessels….

….MPA’s new POCC at Changi Naval Base and upgraded POCC at PSA Vista are fully operational and manned round the clock to ensure navigational safety of vessels in the Singapore Strait and Singapore’s port waters. The two centres are fully integrated to serve as mutual back-up to each other. Each centre is independently equipped and has the capability to assume control of all operational areas in times of an emergency affecting the other centre.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore news relelase dated 28 December 2012

DATE: December 28, 2012 -COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: all ports Regulations entering into force

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Circulars Nos.20 & 21 of 2012, four regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2013.

The four regulation are:
– The Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Sewage) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
– The Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Garbage) Regulations 2012
– The Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012
– The Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

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