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  25-Nov-2015

SANDRA COULD REACH HURRICANE STRENGTH
Eastern Pacific
STRONG POTENTIAL FOR FOG
Galveston Bay, USA
BIMCO LAUNCHES ANTI-CORRUPTION CLAUSE FOR SHIPPING CONTRACTS WORLDWIDE
Worldwide
Sandra could reach hurricane strength
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Eastern Pacific
Interests in southern portions of the Baja California peninsula have been advised to monitor the progress of Sandra, as Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches may be required for portions of this area later today (25 November).According to the Hurricane Sandra Advisory No.7 issued at 0900 UTC today by the USA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami Fl, the center of Hurricane Sandra was near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 109.0 West. Sandra is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h) and a turn toward the northwest is expected later today, with a turn toward the north on Thursday.Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Sandra could become a major hurricane later today or Thursday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com

Strong potential for fog
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Galveston Bay, USA
Easterly winds have been slowly bringing back the moisture to the [Galveston Bay] area but as the winds increase in the coming days and a warm front lifts north into the area the increase in moisture may favor the development of fog/sea fog in and around the area Wednesday afternoon and through the night.Dense sea fog could be possible but with the winds changing from east to southeast may lessen the fog threat by mid-morning Thanksgiving Day.As temperatures fall Thursday night the fog threat may return again and could extend down the coast into the Matagorda Bay region.

This persistent southeasterly flow will continue through Saturday before relaxing. A cold front late Sunday or earlyMonday will likely scour out any fog but may bring isolated strong thunderstorms.

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

Source: West Gulf Maritime Association (www.wgma.org)

BIMCO launches anti-corruption clause for shipping contracts worldwide
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Worldwide
BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping organisation, has now launched an anti-corruption clause for charter parties.  The new clause will give owners and charterers a contractual platform for cooperative action to resist demands for illegal payments from port officials and others.…….The clause can be used in any jurisdiction because it applies the anti-corruption laws applicable to each of the parties and the local law of the place where the ship is located.A key provision of BIMCO’s Anti-Corruption Clause is a mechanism for owners to issue a note of protest if an illegal demand is made and the demand is not withdrawn.

This triggers a co-operative response by charterers and owners to the demand. A safeguard for the owners if they issue a protest to resist a demand and the ship is delayed is that charterers cannot place the ship off-hire…

(For information about operations around the world, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found athttp://gac.com/gac-worldwide)

Source: Extracts from BIMCO (www.bimco.org) Press Release dated 24 November 2015

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