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Panama Canal, Panama
North-east & central Florida, USA
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Savannah & Brunswick, GA, USA
Port Everglades, Florida, USA
Increase in number of booking slots for Neopanamax vessels
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will begin offering additional booking slots for neopanamax vessels effectiveOctober 10, 2016.Two (2) additional bookings slots, one per direction, will be offered daily to neopanamax full container vessels during the tiebreaker competition of the 2nd booking period (21 days prior to the requested booking date). Unused slots from the 1st booking period that are carried over to the 2nd booking period will also be offered during the tiebreaker competition of the 2nd period to all interested vessels from any market segment. After the 2nd period tiebreaker competition, all remaining slots will become available to interested vessels from any market segment. Unused booking slots from the 2nd booking period will be carried over to the 3rd booking period.The maximum number of “daylight restricted” slots remain at one (1) per direction. The slot distribution for the booking periods appears below:1st Period (365 to 22 days prior to the requested booking date)
– Northbound: 2
Southbound: 2
Total: 4

2nd Period (21 to 4 days prior to the requested booking date)
– Northbound: 1
Southbound: 1
Total: 2

3rdPeriod (3 to 2 days prior to the requested booking date)
– Northbound: *
Southbound: *
Total: –
(*The 3rd booking slot will only offer unused slots from previous periods.)

– Northbound: 3
Southbound: 3
Total: 6

In order to allocate the additional booking slots for October 10 through 26 during the second period, a special competition will be held at 0900 hours on October 6, 2016. Thereafter, booking slots for dates beginning October 27, including the additional slots, will be offered through the normal allocation process. Slots remaining after the tiebreaker competitions will become available to interested vessels from any market segment, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booking slots for neopanamax passenger vessels requesting a turn-around transit will be limited to one (1) per day. Vessel agents shall inform the ACP that they are requesting turn-around transit hen submitting their booking request. Failure to provide this information may result in the cancellation of the vessel’s booking, as well as the application of corresponding charges.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-51-2016 dated 4 October 2016

Hurricane Condition Yankee set at ports
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, North-east & central Florida, USA
Based on the current predicted track of Hurricane Matthew, effective 6.00pm on October 4, 2016, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Jacksonville will set Hurricane Condition YANKEE (sustained gale force winds due to Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours) in the ports of Canaveral, Jacksonville and Fernandina.At Condition YANKEE, no vessel over 500 gross tons may enter the port without the permission of the COTP. Vessels requesting to enter port must submit a written request to the and jmasttpsc@uscg.milemail addresses.All Masters of vessels over 500 gross tones, including tugs and barges, should be making preparations to depart the port at least four hours prior to the predicted onset of gale force winds.All vessels that intend to remain in port must have an approved Remain in Port Request. If you have submitted a Remain in Port Request to the COTP and have not received approval, you should contact the Remain in Port Liaison Officer. All vessel owners and operators with pre-approved lay-up plans shall notify Sector Jacksonville immediately if the vessel intends to remain in port during the storm.

  • For Remain in Port Requests for the Port of Canaveral, please send requests to the Remain in Port Liaison Officer (RIPLO) at If you have any questions regarding remain in port requests please contact MST2 Rogers at (321) 784-6780.
  • For Remain in Port Requests for the Ports of Jacksonville and Fernandina, please send requests to the Remain in Port Liaison Officer (RIPLO) at If you have any questions regarding remain in port requests please contact CWO Duncan at (904) 718-7339.

On October 5, 2016, conference calls will be held at 1300 for maritime interests in the Port Canaveral area and at 1330for those in Jacksonville and Fernandina. Due to the limited capacity of our phone systems, it is requested that only one representative from each company and primary stakeholders call in. The call-in number for the daily conference call is1-866-722-8890, access code 62463351. During the call all members are requested to leave their phones on mute or minimize the background noise when not speaking. All members not attending the conference call can receive current information from MSIBs published on Homeport.

(For information about operations in the USA, contact GAC USA at

Source: U.S. Coast Guard. Sector Jacksonville, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 073-16 dated 4 October 2016

Port Condition WHISKEY set ahead of Hurricane Matthew
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
The Captain of the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, has set Port Condition WHISKEY for coastal South Cariolina. Threatening winds (34 kts/39 mph) from Hurricane Matthew are possible along the coast of South Carolina within 72 hours.Oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons are to review plans for departing the port are prior to the storm’s arrival. Vessels unable to depart must immediately contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston to receive permission to remain and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing. Vessels bound for the port, which are unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds make landfall, are advised to seek an alternate destination.Facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plan and take all necessary precautions.Commercial vessel operators and recreational boat owners should ensure their vessels are secure at berth and will not hazard surrounding vessels or the environment. Mariners are reminded that drawbridges may not operate when sustained wind speeds reach 25mph or when an evacuation is in progress.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Port Readiness Condition WHISKEY set
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Savannah & Brunswick, GA, USA
At 1600 EST [on 4 October 2016], Port Readiness Condition WHISLEY was set for the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick due to the potential impact of HURRICANE MATTHEW.As conditions may change rapidlyu, you are encouraged to frequently check MSU Savannah’s Homeport website for the most up-to-date information. The website can be found at Under the “Port Directory” menu, select “Savannah”.(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at Extract from U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Maritime Safety and Security Bulletin 3016 dated 4 October 2016

Port Readiness Condition YANKEE set
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Port Everglades, Florida, USA
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port has set Port Condition YANKEE at Port Everglades for Hurricane Matthew, which is a 24-hour alert in anticipation of gale force winds.The detailed official Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) can be found:

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

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