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GAC 01072014Suspension of Marine Terminal Offloading
August 21, 2014, United States, New Orleans, Louisiana

There is NO CHANGE in status since the previous update.

On August 13th LOOP’s Offshore Marine Terminal suspended its crude oil offloading operations. Field crews continue to advance through the repair plan as scheduled. Estimates indicate that marine offloading operations may resume between August 21st and August 23rd. LOOP will continue to evaluate options to safely expedite offloading operations when repairs are complete.

All other pipelines into and out of the Clovelly Hub remain operational.

The next update will be issued tomorrow, August 21st at 1000, or earlier if the estimate changes.

For more information, please contact neworleans@gac.com.

Source: LOOP LLC

Hurricane Condition Report
August 21, 2014, United States, New Orleans, Louisiana

Disturbance 19 is located near 10.7N, 55.0W and is moving to the west near 10 mph. A general motion to the west to west-northwest is expected over the next several days. The system should cross over the Windward and Leeward Islands

by Friday, bringing occasionally heavy squalls to the islands. There is a 20 percent chance that this system could be a tropical depression or weak tropical storm by the time it crosses over the islands. As the system heads into the

eastern Caribbean over the weekend, it will initially encounter less favorable conditions for development. However, by Monday or Tuesday the system should be between the western Caribbean and the Bahamas where conditions will be conducive for strengthening. By Tuesday or Wednesday, the system may head into the Gulf or toward the southeast US coastline. Due to very warm waters and expected favorable atmospheric conditions, we cannot rule out a hurricane threat to the Gulf or southeast US in 6 to 9 days.

Disturbance 21 is along 23W and is drifting to the west. It has a 5 percent chance of development over the next 7 days. Disturbance 20 is merging into 19. Disturbanc 17 has moved into Mexico and is no longer a part of our analysis.

In the long range, a trough of low pressure may be located off the southeast coast of the United States or near northern Florida in about 5 to 8 days. There may be about a 5 percent chance of a weak tropical cyclone forming in that region around that time, but confidence is very low at this time.

Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

New maximum draft restriction at Jaigarh Port
August 21, 2014, India, Jaigarh

It is advised that from Wednesday 20 August 2014, the post monsoon maximum permissible draft [at Jaigarh Port] shall be 13.5 metres with tide.

The displacement restriction of 100000 Mts shall no more be applicable.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

Source: JSW JAIGARH PORT LTD

Resolutions adopted by the 66th session of the Maritime Environment Protection Committee
August 21, 2014, Singapore, Singapore

1. This circular informs the Shipping Community on the outcome, including the resolutions adopted/approved by the 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 66) of IMO, and urges the Community to prepare for the implementation of these resolutions.

2. The details of the resolutions can be found in the MEPC 66 final report which is available from the MPA website.

3. The mandatory resolution includes the following:

a. Resolution MEPC.246(66) – Amendments to Annexes I, II, III, IV and V of MARPOL 73/78 (Amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, III, IV and V to make the use of the III Code mandatory);

The III Code was adopted at the twenty-eighth session of the IMO Assembly (A28) to enhance global maritime safety and protection of the marine environment and to assist States in the implementation of the instruments of IMO.

This resolution amends MARPOL Annexes I, II, III, IV and V in order to make the III Code mandatory and the amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2016.

The amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Oil) Regulations, Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Noxious Liquid

(Sewage) Regulations and Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Garbage) Regulations respectively. The amendments to MARPOL Annex III will be implemented through the IMDG Code under the Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) Regulations.

b. Resolution MEPC.247(66) – Amendments to Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78 (To make the use of the III Code mandatory);

This resolution amends MARPOL Annex VI in order to make the III Code mandatory.

The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI will enter into force on 1 January

2016, and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of

Pollution of the Sea (Air) Regulations.

c. Resolution MEPC.248(66) – Amendments to Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 (Amendments to MARPOL Annex I on mandatory carriage requirements for a stability instrument);

The resolution amends MARPOL Annex I to require all oil tankers to be fitted with a stability instrument capable of verifying compliance with the relevant intact and damage stability requirements.

The amendments to MARPOL Annex I will enter into force on 1 January

2016, and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of

Pollution of the Sea (Oil) Regulations.

d. Resolution MEPC.249(66) – Amendments to the BCH Code (Cargo containment and Form of Certificate of Fitness);

The amendments require all chemical tankers, subject to the BCH Code, to be fitted with a stability instrument capable of verifying compliance with the relevant intact and damage stability requirements.

Resolution MEPC.250(66) – Amendments to the IBC Code (General, Ship survival capability and location of cargo tanks, Cargo tank venting and gas-freeing arrangements, Environmental control, Fire protection and fire extinction, Special requirements, Summary of minimum requirements, and Form of Certificate of Fitness);

The amendments require all chemical tankers, subject to the IBC Code, to be fitted with a stability instrument capable of verifying compliance with the relevant intact and damage stability requirements. The amendments also provide clarifications on purging and gas-freeing requirements in relation to the SOLAS regulations concerning inert gas systems for applicable new tankers constructed on or after 1 January 2016.

The amendments to the BCH Code and the IBC Code will enter into force on 1 January 2016, and will be implemented under the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk) Regulations.

e. Resolution MEPC.251(66) – Amendments to Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78 (Amendments to regulations 2, 13, 19, 20 and 21 and the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate under MARPOL Annex VI and certification of dual-fuel engines under the NOx Technical Code 2008).

The resolution amends MARPOL Annex VI to extend the application of the EEDI requirements to LNG carriers, ro-ro cargo ships (vehicle carriers), ro- ro cargo ships, ro-ro passenger ships and cruise passenger ships having non-conventional propulsion. Ships not propelled by mechanical means and cargo ships having ice-breaking capability are exempted.

The amendments also determined the effective implementation date of the

Tier III NOx emission standard for existing NOx ECA to be 1 January

2016.

The amendments will enter into force on 1 September 2015, and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) Regulations.

4. MEPC 66 also adopted the following resolutions:

a. Resolution MEPC.242(66) – 2014 Guidelines in respect of the information to be submitted by an Administration to the Organization covering the certification of an Approved Method as required under Regulation 13.7.1 of MARPOL Annex VI;

The guidelines provide information to assist Administrations in submitting notification of certification of an Approved Method for applicable marine diesel engines as required under Regulation 13.7.1 of MARPOL Annex VI to the IMO.

b. Resolution MEPC.243(66) – 2014 Guidelines on the Approved Method process;

The guidelines provide information for understanding the Approved Method process and responsibilities in relation to Regulation 13.7.1 of MARPOL Annex VI.

c. Resolution MEPC.244(66) – 2014 Standard Specification for shipboard incinerators (supersedes MEPC.76(40), as amended by MEPC.93(45));

The guidelines prescribe the design, manufacture, performance, operation and testing of incinerators installed onboard ships. Incinerators with capacity up to 4000 kW can be type-approved under this standard specification.

Resolution MEPC.245(66) – 2014 Guidelines on the method of calculation of the Attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships(supersedes MEPC.212(63), as amended by MEPC.224(64));

The guidelines provide the method of calculation for the Attained EEDI as required under Regulation 20 of MARPOL Annex VI and are updated to incorporate several amendments such as EEDI calculation for ships with dual-fuel engines, LNG carriers with diesel-electric propulsion; use of dwt for size threshold of ro-ro passenger ships; and correction factors for various ship types.

5. In addition to the adoption of resolutions, the following Unified

Interpretations (UI) of MARPOL was also approved:

a. MEPC.1/Circ.795/Rev.1 –Unified Interpretations to MARPOL Annex VI;

The circular consolidates all existing UI to MARPOL Annex VI, including those set out in previous circulars MEPC.1/Circ.735, MEPC.1/Circ.795, MEPC.1/Circ.795/Corr.1, MEPC.1/Circ.812, MEPC.1/Circ.813, MEPC.1/Circ.814, and the amendments approved at MEPC 66 regarding the clarification that decrease of assigned shipboard and temporary increase of assigned shipboard should not be considered as major conversion applicable to the energy efficiency requirements.

6. The Unified Interpretations (UI) listed in paragraph 5 are acceptable to

MPA and should be applied with immediate effect.

7. The IMO has also disseminated IMO Circular Letter No. 3445, which consolidates draft amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, III and VI. The draft amendments are expected to be adopted at MEPC 67 (Oct 2014). The Shipping Community is urged to consider the draft amendments and invited to provide comments and feedback as necessary.

8. The Shipping Community is urged to take early action to comply with the requirements on or before the date of entry into force of the amendments/resolutions.

9. Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to Mr Princet Ang

(Tel: 6375 6259).

Source: MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

ANVISA informs that an Ebola outbreak is occurring in some African countries.
August 21, 2014, Brazil, all ports

Be aware for the following symptoms, especially if any crew member had circulated in the last 21 days in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea: fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, which are usually followed by vomiting, diarrhea, pruritus, and in some cases

hemorrhage.

In such cases, report to health authorities in Brazil so they can evaluate and help

you with guidelines and measures.

Transmission

The transmission only occurs through direct contact with body fluids (blood, feces, sweat, semen, saliva, urine, etc.) of a sick person (live or dead), an infected dead animal, or by contact with contaminated objects (needles, sheets or dirty clothes, etc.)

The virus is not spread by air, water, food, or vectors, and is easily killed by soap, bleach, sunlight or drying, surviving only a short period of time on surfaces that are exposed to sun or dry.

Recommendation to Captain

In case of anyone aboard – who has circulated in the last 21 days in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea – presents any symptoms listed above the Captain must report this situation immediately to the Brazilian health authorities. The Captain should also isolate the patient in his/her cabin, offering all support of water and

food needed, and designate only one person (physician or other crew member) to serve him/her until disembarkation as instructed by local health authorities. Follow the recommendations of the local health authority about cleaning, waste removal, laundry, etc.

Further information: 0800 6429782

Source: Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency

MV Urbano caught fire at Zarate area
August 21, 2014, Argentina, Zarate

Please note that MV Urbano (wood carrier) caught fire yesterday afternoon at Km 104 Parana de las Palmas River (around Zarate Port area).

Navigation was temporarily interrupted since August the 19th at 20:00 hrs lt for about 4 hours. Navigation is currently restored.

For information about operations in Argentina and elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com

Source: AMI

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