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08-Aug-2017

PUBLIC HEARING ON TOLLS STRUCTURE MODIFICATIONS
Panama Canal, Panama
FENDER REPLACEMENT WORKS FOR DOLPHINS AT TYPHOON SHELTER
Hong Kong
EXTENSION OF BOOKING CONDITION 2 DUE TO LOCKS MAINTENANCE
Panama Canal, Panama
Public hearing on tolls structure modifications
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
On July 5, 2017, at the conclusion of a 32-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) held a public hearing on its tolls structure modifications proposal.

“The modified tolls will safeguard the Canal’s competitiveness, charge a fair price for the value of the route and provide a competitive service to the global shipping industry,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. “The public hearing is a key part of the tolls modification process, which ensures all interested parties can provide feedback for consideration.”

All comments received at the public hearing and in writing will be carefully evaluated and analyzed by the Board of Directors, which will submit its recommendation to the Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama, for official approval. The final decision will then be announced to the shipping community.

Initially announced on June 1st, the modifications were proposed after a thorough analysis of the current utilization and productivity of the Neopanamax locks, and after meetings with Panama Canal executives, customers and industry representatives in Europe, Asia and North America.

These meetings provided a deeper understanding of the industry today, the challenges faced by individual market segments and the projected demand for the Neopanamax locks. The proposed modifications provide additional incentives to the container segment for their return voyages, a reclassification of the container/breakbulk vessels, and revised tolls for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) segments, reflecting the changing demand for the route.

For more details, please refer to the following website: http://www.pancanal.com/peajes/

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority Monthly Canal Operations Summary dated 4 August 2017

Fender replacement works for dolphins at typhoon shelter
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Hong Kong

For approximately 5 months, fender replacement works for a number of dolphins will be carried out in the Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter.

The works will be carried out by one crane boat on one dolphin only at a time.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the crane boat will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the crane boat.

The works will be carried out from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The vessel engaged in the works will stay close to the dolphin outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

The vessel engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, bearing in mind there are divers working around the dolphins.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.112 of 2017

Extension of Booking Condition 2 due to locks maintenance
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
The ongoing lane outages at Miraflores and Gatun Locks announced in Advisory to Shipping A-23-2017 are currently scheduled to be completed at 1800 hours August 11, 2017.

As a result, booking Condition 2 for the Panamax locks is extended through Friday, August 11, 2017.

Booking Condition 1 will return on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-26-2017 dated 8 August 2017

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