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   08-Dec-2015

PILOT TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS & DECLARATION
London and Medway Pilotage Districts, UK
NAVIGATIONAL SAFETY REQUIREMENT COMPLIANCE REPORTING
Medway, UK
CHANNEL CLOSURE DUE TO FOG
Corpus Christi TX, USA
Pilot transfer arrangements & declaration
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, London and Medway Pilotage Districts, UK
With effect from 1 December 2015, the Masters of all vessels seeking to embark a Pilot at the North East Spit, Tongue or Warp Pilot stations will be required to make or confirm acceptance of following declaration to London VTS on VHF Channel 69 prior to embarkation process:‘The Pilot ladder is properly maintained and has been rigged in accordance with SOLAS Regulations’For vessels embarking a Pilot at the North East Spit or Tongue Pilot stations, the declaration should be made when passing the London Arrival Arc.

For vessels embarking a Pilot at the Warp Pilot Station the declaration should be made no later than when passing the Shivering Sand Towers or the North Oaze Buoy.

Vessels embarking a Pilot at the Sunk Pilot Station will be requested to make a similar declaration to the Sunk Pilot Station.

Vessels embarking a Pilot at the North East Goodwin Pilot Station will be requested to make a similar declaration to the North East Spit Pilot Station.

In the event that defects or deficiencies are noted with respect to the vessels Pilot transfer arrangements, the matter will be reported to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a Port State Control deficiency. Additionally, the Pilot may decline to embark the vessel resulting in delays to the voyage.

This new process is a joint approach to improve Pilot safety by the Port of London Authority, Peel Ports Medway, Estuary Services Limited and Harwich Haven Authority.

(For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com)

Source: Peel Ports Group Notice To Mariners No.28 of 2015

Navigational safety requirement compliance reporting
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Medway, UK
General Directions for Navigation in the Medway Ports number 6 and in General Direction for Navigation in the Port of London number 13(3) requires that prior to a Reporting Vessel’s arrival at the outer limits, their intention to navigate in the Port shall be reported to the Harbourmaster through the appropriate VTS Centre. The report shall include confirmation that the vessel ‘complies with the navigational safety requirements of both PLA and Peel Ports Medway General Directions’. This report has traditionally been made upon the vessels arrival at the limits of the VTS area.The report consists of a confirmation that:
a) the vessel’s charts for the voyage and associated navigational publications are corrected and up to date;
b) the Master has prepared an appropriate Port Passage Plan for use during the vessel’s passage in the Thames and Medway area;
c) the vessel, if appropriate, is compliant with the requirements of the ISM Code;
d) if the vessel is not subject to the ISM Code, that the vessel has no deficiencies or defects in respect of its manning, navigational equipment, propulsion or manoeuvring machinery;From 1 December 2015, the VHF reporting of a vessels compliancy with the navigational safety requirements of the General Directions will no longer be required.

The report shall instead be made as a component of the vessels advance notification to London VTS by means of PISCES or via the vessel notification form. For vessels proceeding to the Medway Ports, this report shall be made as a component of the advance vessel notification to Medway VTS who will relay the information to London VTS.

By obtaining this information in advance of a vessels arrival, the vessel will be aware of the requirements of the General Direction. Additionally, in the event of any doubt, there will be time to consider appropriate actions to resolve any problems thereby reducing the risk of vessels being delayed or refused entry into the port.

Agents are advised to implement a process to obtain confirmation that the vessel complies with the relevant components of the General Directions of both Port of London and Peel Ports Medway to avoid the risk of disruption to a vessels arrival from the 1 December 2015.

(For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com)

Source: Peel Ports Medway  Notice To Agents, Ship and Berth Operators No: 7 of 2015

Channel closure due to fog
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Corpus Christi TX, USA
Pilots suspended inbound and outbound boarding at Corpus Christi at 01.20 hours local time today (8 December) due to dense fog.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
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