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Bunkering, Canals, Inland Waterways, Ports & Terminals, Regulatory — By on August 2, 2016 at 7:42 PM


Panama Canal, Panama
Port Kembla, Australia
Revocation of bunker supplier & bunker craft operator licences
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences of AC Oil Pte Ltd with effect from 29 July 2016. AC Oil Pte Ltd [is] no longer allowed to operate as a bunker supplier or bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.As part of MPA’s on-going regulatory efforts to ensure the safety, reliability and quality of bunker supplies in Singapore, checks were conducted on AC Oil Pte Ltd in May and June 2016.

MPA’s investigations into the company revealed discrepancies and wrongful declarations in the records kept on board their bunker tankers. There were also separate incidences of bunker transfers between bunker tankers that were conducted without MPA’s approval. In addition, despite being licensed to carry only marine gas oil, a Class C petroleum product, the bunker tankers operated by AC Oil were found to have carried Class B petroleum, a more easily flammable grade (with a lower flash point) as compared to marine gas oil. AC Oil’s contraventions increased the safety risks to their own tankers, the crew on-boards, and other port users. MPA has revoked AC Oil’s licences as they had breached the terms and conditions of their bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences.

MPA reminds all licensed bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their bunker licences. MPA will take firm action against any licensee who has acted in contravention of their licences, including suspending or revoking their bunker licences, as appropriate.

(For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.13 of 2016 dated 1 August 2016

New buoys at Atlantic entrance to Canal
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal has installed new buoys at the Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal just outside the Cristobal Breakwater entrance.The width of the new entrance channel, which is defined by these buoys just north of the Cristobal Breakwater entrance, is 520 meters (1,706 feet).

Please update your charts with the following information:

PANAMA – Atlantic Ocean Coast – Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal including adjacent ports – Atlantic Entrance Lateral Channel Light Buoys.
Source: Panama Canal Authority

Chart 3111: (Main Panel – Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal including Adjacent Ports) WGS84 ADATUM

Designation: W-1
Characteristic: Q.G
New Position: 09 deg. 24’ 7905 N / 79 deg. 54’ 9865 W

Designation: W-2
Characteristic: Q.R
New Position: 09 deg. 24’ 7917 N / 79 deg. 55’ 2706 W

Designation: W-3
Characteristic: Oc.G
New Position: 09 deg. 24’ 3022 N / 79 deg. 54’ 9886 W

Designation: W-4
Characteristic: Oc.R
New Position: 09 deg. 24’ 3034 N / 79 deg. 55’ 2728 W

Designation: W-5
Characteristic: Oc.G
New Position: 09 deg. 23’ 8138 N / 79 deg. 54’ 9908 W

Designation: W-6
Characteristic: Oc.R
New Position: 09 deg. 23’ 8151 N / 79 deg. 55’ 2749 W

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-40-2016 dated 1 August 2016

Changes to bunker excise
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Australia
The Australian Government has announced a rise in Fuel Tax from 39.500 cents per litre to 39.600 cpl with effect from 1 August 2016.In relation to Coastal Shipping, the rate payable for Bunker Excise on coastal bunkers consumed becomes 39.600 cpl, with the Excise Rebate remaining at 100% – due to the removal of the Carbon Tax from 1 July 2014.

Indexation of fuel duty has returned to a biannual CPI Indexation from 1 February and again from 1 August of each year. The next expected change would be from 1 February 2017.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Anchorage closed ahead of forecast severe weather
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Port Kembla, Australia
The Harbour Master at Port Kembla closed the anchorage to shipping at 1250 hours local tome today (2 August) due to strong southerly winds and high seas/swells forecast for the next few days.All ships at anchorage have been instructed to return back to sea. Present indications are that the anchorage will likely remain shut until Friday, 5 August.

The port remains open to shipping movements for now, and the Port Authority will monitor conditions closely and assess shipping movements on a case-by-case basis.  .

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

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