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Canals, Environment, Holidays, Pollution, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Canal waiting times update (12:50 on 20 December)
* South Africa, Cape Town – Possible delays
* United States, Houston, Texas – MARPOL Reception Facility Inadequacies
* Panama, Panama Canal – Temporary measures suspended to reduce backlog
* Brazil, all ports – Customs clearance during holidays

DATE: December 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Canal waiting times update (12:50 on 20 December)

Due to high traffic volumes for Kiel Canal transit, there is currently a
wait of approximately 6 hours for Brunsbuttel and about 4 hours for
Kiel-Holtenau.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency
Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

DATE: December 20, 2013
COUNTRY: South Africa
PORT: Cape Town
Possible delays

The Acting Harbour Master at the Port of Cape Town has advised that due to
a shortage of diesel, there may be some delays as a result of pilot boats
taking on bunker fuels today (20 December).

All efforts will be keep the delays to a minimum.

For information about operations at Cape Town contact
shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: December 20, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Houston, Texas
MARPOL Reception Facility Inadequacies

In recent months, the Coast Guard received complaints alleging that certain
waterfront facilities within the Sector Houston-Galveston area of
responsibility are charging an unreasonable price to remove MARPOL
residues/waste from vessels.

The cost of these services should not present a disincentive to users which
may deter the use of reception facilities. Upon investigation, we have
substantiated some of these allegations.

The IMO “Guide to Good Practice for Port Reception Facility Providers and
Users” (MEPC.1/Circ.671/Rev.1) states, “Although the port structure in a
State Party may or may not accommodate cost/pricing schemes and/or other
incentives for MARPOL residues/wastes delivery ashore, reception facility
services should be provided at a reasonable cost. The IMO Guidelines for
ensuring the adequacy of port waste reception facilities (section 3.2)
define “adequate” facilities as those which “do not provide mariners with a
disincentive to use them”, and further suggest that unreasonably high costs
can deter use of Pollution Reception Facilities (Guidelines, section 5.2).”

With this being said reception facilities are reminded that as long as
vessels provide 24 hour notice the facility should provide MARPOL reception
services at a reasonable cost.

A Certificate of Adequacy is required, per Title 33, CFR, Part 158 and the
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 73/78
(MARPOL), for ports or terminal used by oceangoing tankers, or other
oceangoing ships of 400 gross tons or more, carrying oily mixtures, or by
oceangoing ships carrying NLS residue.

Additionally, the Coast Guard has received complaints that certain
waterfront facilities within the Sector Houston-Galveston area of
responsibility are not allowing ships unloading Noxious Liquid Substances
(NLS) to drain NLS residues from cargo hoses and piping systems back to the
terminal/facility. Subpart E – Port and Terminal Operations: 33CFR158.500
clearly states that the person in charge shall ensure that each cargo hose
and each piping system containing NLS received from each oceangoing ship
carrying NLS cargo is not drained back into the ship.

MARPOL Annex II Reg.18 states that NLS residues from ship cargo hoses and
piping systems shall not be drained back to the ship.

Violators of these regulations are liable for civil penalties of up to
$25,000 per day, per violation, with each day of a continuing violation
constituting a separate violation. Knowingly violating the regulations may
result in fines for each violation of up to $50,000, imprisonment for up to
five years, or both. Non-compliance may also result in the revocation of a
facility’s COA, resulting in termination of the facility’s marine
operations….

….To access the announcement, please log on using the community URL

https://homeport.uscg.mil/community/MC_Houston_Galveston

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

Source: Homeport announcement by Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston dated
18 December 2013

DATE: December 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Panama
PORT: Panama Canal
Temporary measures suspended to reduce backlog

Based on the present number of vessels awaiting transit and the number of
arrivals projected over the next few days, the temporary measures announced
in Advisory to Shipping A-32-2013 are being rescinded.

Therefore, effective Monday, December 23, 2013 the Just-in-Time (JIT)
transit service, and the booking slot that was suspended since November 29,
2013, are being reinstated.

Applications will be received beginning 0900 hours Friday, December 20,
2013.

(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at
gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-35-2013 dated 19
December 2013

DATE: December 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: all ports
Customs clearance during holidays

Over the Christmas/New Year holidays, the Brazilian Customs Authorities
will not release/clear any cargo/material at the airport on 24-25 December,
31 December and 1 January.

This should be kept in mind when dispatching spares/material to Brazil for
ships calling at the coutnry’s ports during the holiday period.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at
shipping.brazil@gac.com

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“Jo”

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