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Canals, Immigration, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 1, 2016 at 7:17 PM


Sri Lanka
Kiel Canal, Germany
Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
Sabetta, Russia
Landing endorsement for ship crew members
Thursday, December 1, 2016, Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration has issue a reminder about the procedures for clearing ship crew members at ports of entry to Sri Lanka.The following procedures must be complied with prior to granting landing endorsement to ship crew members:Ship crew members possessing Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) or Seaman Book should be granted landing endorsements upon executing appropriate bond with the Sri Lankan government through the local ship agent.Crew members like technicians, engineers, surveyors, etc. who do not old CDC/Seaman Book have to enter the necessary bond with the Sri Lankan government through the local ship agent, and the agent has to provide a guarantee letter confirming that the said crew are sailing with the particular ship.

Crew members who intend to visit Sri Lanka (by air) for a short period and returning by aircraft to participate in conferences, business meetings, short term training (less than a month), trouble shooting or fixing machinery/equipment related to operations should arrive with a Business ETA by paying the appropriate processing fee. If visiting for private reasons, they must obtain the appropriate ETA to suit the purpose.

Vessels are urged to adhere to the above instructions and if clarification is required contact the Assistant/Deputy Controller (on duty at port of entry) or to call Assistant Controller (Ports & Investigation).

For information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at

Lock closure for maintenance
Thursday, December 1, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that the New Big South Lock will be closed for maintenance works between 0800 to 1300 hours from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 December.During that period, only the New Big North lock will be in operation.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent 

Immigration fee for joining crew
Thursday, December 1, 2016, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
Immigration authorities at Yanbu airport have started imposing a fee on crew arriving to sign-on.The fee was introduced at Jeddah in November, and has now been put into effect at Yanbu.The fee must be paid by a bank transaction and the receipt presented to immigration officials either at Jeddah or Yanbu airport (depending on joining crew’s flight route) to clear the joiner from the airport.For further details, and information about operations in Saudi Arabia, contact GAC Saudi Arabia at

New dues in effect
Thursday, December 1, 2016, Sabetta, Russia
New dues and rates are being applied by Rosmorport in Sabetta port with effect from today (1 December 2016), as follows:NAVIGATION DUES
-Tankers: 20.53 RUR
– Cont/Ro-Ro: 13.06 RUR
– Dry/Bulk/General: 18.66 RURLIGHT DUES
-Tankers: 3.71 RUR
– Cont/Ro-Ro: 2.36 RUR
– Dry/Bulk/General: 3.37 RURPILOTAGE (inner, per operation)
-Tankers: 3.84 RUR
– Cont/Ro-Ro: 2.44 RUR
– Dry/Bulk/General: 3.49 RUR

PILOTAGE (outer, per mile, approx 5-9 miles)
-Tankers: 0.77 RUR
– Cont/Ro-Ro: 0.49 RUR
– Dry/Bulk/General: 0.70 RUR

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at

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