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Ports & Terminals — By on June 19, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* South Africa, all ports – Transitional arrangements for competence certificates
* Oman, Port of Sohar – Revised port tariffs to come into effect
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Sea Parade to mark Hong Kong SAR anniversary
* Australia, Portland – Revised berth depth – K.S. Anderson No.1
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 19/06/13

DATE: June 19, 2013
COUNTRY: South Africa
PORT: all ports
Transitional arrangements for competence certificates

The rules governing the competence of “Able Seamen” have been transferred
from the ILO to the IMO and STCW 2010 includes new Competence Tables for
“Able Seafarer Deck” and the newly introduced grade “Able Seafarer Engine”.

In terms of Regulation II/4, II/5, III/4 and III/5 of the STCW Convention
1978 as amended, Ratings forming part of a Watch and Able Seafarers shall
be duly certificated.

SAMSA [South African Maritime Safety Authority]has opted to name Ratings
forming part of a Watch “Ordinary Seafarer Deck” and “Ordinary Seafarer
Engine”.

All existing STCW ’95 Certificates of Qualification as Ordinary Seaman,
Wiper, Able Seaman or Oiler, shall be replaced with a Certificate of
Proficiency as
– Ordinary Seafarer Deck
– Ordinary Seafarer Engine
– Able Seafarer Deck
or
– Able Seafarer Engine,
respectively before 1 January 2017.

After 1 July 2013, existing holders of Certificates of Qualification as AB
or Oiler shall apply for the equivalent Certificate of Proficiency which
shall be issued under the following conditions:

– Applicants shall be not less than 18 years of age.

– Applicants shall provide proof of having served a minimum of 12 months in
the past 36 months in the capacity being applied for.

– Applicants shall provide documentary evidence of having received the
required training and being found competent in
* Personal safety and social responsibility
Fire prevention and fire fighting
* Medical first aid
* Survival craft and rescue boats
* Security for persons with designated security duties (Applies after 1 Jan
2014)

– Documentary evidence of a SAMSA Eye test (applies also to Able/Ordinary
Seafarer Engine applicants) and a Medical fitness examination by a SAMSA
approved medical practitioner.

– If the sea service requirement stipulated above is not fulfilled,
applicants for Able Seafarer Deck/Engine may in lieu, make application for
a level 3 assessment. If found competent the CoP is issued and if found Not
Yet Competent, the candidate may complete an up-grading course covering the
competences not covered in the original Able Seaman (Modules 1, 4, 5 & 6 of
Cargo Handling and Stores.) or Oiler course and re-apply.

– All new applications for Able Seafarer Deck/Engine, shall complete the
up-grade course unless it can be shown that the training course followed
meets the STCW 2010 amended provisions.

After 1 July 2013, all courses offered by Maritime Education and Training
Institutions toward the qualification Able Seafarer (Deck or Engine), shall
meet fully the amended provisions in accordance with the South African
Maritime Qualifications Code as amended.

Ordinary Seaman and Wiper qualifications shall be exchanged for “Ordinary
seafarer deck or engine” before 1 January 2017 when revalidating
Certificates of Proficiency for ancillary courses.

PROCEDURE AFTER 1 JANUUARY 2017
The first issue of a Certificate of Proficiency to a seafarer will contain
separate documents detailing issue and expiry dates of each of the
emergency, occupational safety, security, medical first aid and survival
function courses.

The next issue of the CoP must be harmonized with ancillaries and only a
single CoP will be issued, implying that ALL the requirements for the issue
of the CoP have been met. This CoP will have an expiry date and from then
on, a revalidation process will be required every five years. It is to be
noted that the CoP Able seafarer is not required to be revalidated, only
the associated CoPs for ancillary courses and other documentary evidence.

(For information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa
at shipping.capetown@gac.com)

Source: South African Maritime Safety Authority Marine Notice No.17 of 2013
dated 18 June 2013

DATE: June 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Oman
PORT: Port of Sohar
Revised port tariffs to come into effect

New tariffs for port and marine services will come into effect at the port
of Sohar from 1 July 2013.

For details of the new tariffs, or information about operations, contact
GAC Oman at sohar@gac.com

DATE: June 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Sea Parade to mark Hong Kong SAR anniversary

A flag raising ceremony will be held at 0800 hours on 1 July 2013 at the
Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Centre (HKCEC) to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of
the HKSAR. During the ceremony, a sea parade made up of launches of the
disciplinary services will proceed from Causeway Bay to HKCEC between 0745
hours and 0805 hours, and display water jets off HKCEC at 0800 hours.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of all vessels navigating in the
vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the parade
fleet.

(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, 75 of 2013

DATE: June 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Portland
Revised berth depth – K.S. Anderson No.1

Following recent dredging and subsequent survey the depth alongside K.S.
Anderson [at the Port of Portland] has been returned to the declared depth
of 12.5 metres.

The maximum arrival draught remains at 11.5 metres and the maximum
departure draught (tide permitting) is 12.85 metres.

For further information contact the Harbour Master on 0466 888 601.

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

Source: Port of Portland Harbour Master’s Notice 04-2013

DATE: June 19, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 19/06/13
—————
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
 MARKET PRICE UPDATE 19/06/13

180 CST   380 CST   MGO  MDO

Aberdeen                                         0         0         931.00  0
Aden                                             745.00    0   1, 110.00  0
Alexandria                                       710.00    670.00    1, 190.00  0
Amsterdam                                        616.00    587.00    881.00  0
Antwerp                                          624.00    595.00    889.00   0
Aqaba                                            0         720.00  1, 040.00  0
Bahrain                                          0         0 1, 047.00  0
Bergen                                           695.00    672.00    920.00     0
Busan                                            654.00    628.00    920.00    910.00
Cape Town                                        702.00    0         981.00  0
Colombo                                          675.00    670.00   1, 070.00  0
Dubai                                            660.00    650.00    830.00    0
Durban                                           670.00    0  1, 083.00  0
Falmouth                                         0         605.00    970.00     0
Fujairah                                         685.00    628.50   1, 010.00  0
Gibraltar                                        698.50    666.50    948.50    0
Hong Kong                                        649.00    635.50    935.00  0
Houston                                          682.00    595.00    970.00   0
Istanbul                                         677.50    649.50    968.50   0
Jeddah                                           690.00    660.00 1, 080.00  0
Kaohsiung                                        667.50    640.00    991.00  976.00
Kuwait                                           657.50    628.00 1, 009.00  0
Leith                                            0         0         963.00    0
Lerwick                                          0         0         950.00    0
Malta                                            716.50    691.50    923.50    0
Mumbai                                           667.00    634.50 1, 085.50  0
New York & New Jersey                            635.00    600.00    960.00   0
Panama                                           668.00    603.00 1, 010.00  0
Piraeus                                          713.50    688.50    935.50    0
Port Louis                                       735.00    0  1, 020.00  0
Port Said                                        710.00    655.00   1, 060.00  0
Qatar                                            0         0         905.00   0
Richards Bay                                     682.00    0  1, 098.00  0
Rio de Janeiro                                   651.50    628.00    940.00    0
Rotterdam                                        624.00    595.00    889.00    0
Salalah                                          720.00    675.00  1, 125.00  0
Shanghai                                         673.50    641.50  1, 076.50  0
Sharjah                                          660.00    650.00    830.00    0
Singapore                                        628.00    620.00    895.00   0
St Petersburg                                    610.50    588.50    0   0
Stavanger                                        0         0         917.00   0
Suez                                             665.00    639.00 1, 060.00  0
Walvis Bay                                       700.00    0         940.00   0
West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         700.00    985.00   0

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