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Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 12, 2018 at 7:08 PM


Suez Canal, Egypt
Port Hedland, Dampier & Broome, Australia
Hong Kong
Heavy Lift & Semi-submersible/Heavy lift vessels
Friday, January 12, 2018, Suez Canal, Egypt
The Suez Canal Authority has decided to change the basis on which additional dues are levied on (Heavy Lift) and (Semisubmersible/ Heavy Lift) vessels to be as follows:

1) Heavy Lift vessels:
– 10% additional dues to be levied on all laden (Heavy Lift) vessels regardless of their cargo.
– 100% of transit dues (based on SC.G.T) of floating units loaded on the vessel’s upper deck regardless of their tonnage(300 tons or more or less).
– Cancelling the part titled “FOR OTHER HEAVY LIFT SHIPS” of para (B), appendix no.1 page 92 and para 17, article 105 page 204 of the Rules of Navigation”.

2) (Semi-submersible/ Heavy Lift) vessels:
– To be treated the same as Semi-submersible vessels only (that 125% additional dues to be levied in case the vessel is carrying either large units of weight not less than 250 metric tons or floating units of 300 S.C.G.T or more) applying to the “Rules of Navigation” the part titled “SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE SHIPS” of para(B), appendix no.1 page 92 and cancelling para (C), on the same page.

3) For other types of vessels; including (General Cargo) vessels:
a surcharge of 100% of transit dues (based on SC.G.T) of floating units  loaded on the vessel’s upper deck regardless of their tonnage (300 tons or more or less).

Accordingly, the exemption granted to (General Cargo) vessels by the “Rules of Navigation” in para (D), appendix no.1 page 93 and para (18) article 105 page 204 shall be cancelled.

4) The volumes of any boxes, tanks, containers (10 TEUs or less) and any other non-permanent closed in spaces on deck to be added temporarily to the vessels SC.G.T. Additional dues for tiers of containers on deck; if any; to be paid as well.

5) Any other additional dues levied by the “Rules of Navigation” are still in effect with no change, such as the additional 2% for cargo side protrusions and escorting tugs.

This circular shall take effect as of the 1st of March 2018.

(For information about operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at

Source: Suez Canal Authority Circular No.8/2017

Joyce declared Category 1 cyclone
Friday, January 12, 2018, Australia
Tropical Cyclone Joyce was declared a category one system yesterday (11 January), with winds of 65kph. It is expected to grow to a category three cyclone today (12 January) with winds up to 180kph, and to make landfall tonight or tomorrow morning east of Port Hedland.

A red alert has been issued for people in or near Broome to Bidyandanga (including Bidyadanga, but not Broome) to go to a shelter immediately.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Ports prepare for cyclone
Friday, January 12, 2018, Port Hedland, Dampier & Broome, Australia
As of 0800 WST today (12 January), Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Joyce was in position 19.4S 121.0E, some 150NM East North East of Port Hedland, and tracking SW’ly at 10 kts.

The system tracked further east overnight than originally forecast and is currently 40km North North-West of Sandfire roadhouse moving parallel along 80 Mile beach and is expected to make a coastal crossing near Wallal later this morning.

Port Hedland remains at Cyclone Alert Stage 4 – Shut Down.

Dampier is still at Cyclone Alert Stage 1 – Monitor.

As per the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast, Joyce is around 40 nautical miles southwest of Bidyadanga and is tracking SSW along 80 Mile beach. It has shown no real signs of development overnight, and given its close proximity to land, further intensification is unlikely and expected to make landfall as a Category 1 system.

The system should take a south-westerly track after it crosses the coast and will weaken as it moves inland. Heavy rainfall and flooding is expected east of the system as it moves inland. Gale force winds are still a slim possibility on the eastern flank of the system

The threat posed by the cyclone to the Port of Broome has now passed. The port was scheduled to re-open for normal operations this morning. However, the opening of the port is not an indication that sea or weather conditions are safe for all operations. Mariners should exercise normal caution and take appropriate action to ensure that safety is maintained.

For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at

Establishment of silt curtain at Rambler Channel
Friday, January 12, 2018, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 months, marine works involving establishment of silt curtain at the seawall of the sewage outfall at Rambler Channel will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 20.988’N / 114 deg. 06.880’E
(B) 22 deg. 20.987’N / 114 deg. 06.877’E
(C) 22 deg. 20.997’N / 114 deg. 06.873’E
(D) 22 deg. 20.998’N / 114 deg. 06.876’EThe silt curtain will extend vertically from the sea surface to the seabed.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid along the surface of the silt curtain to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The works will be carried out by a work boat and a shore crane.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from the work boat from time to time during the laying and maintenance operations.

Vessel engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear of the silt curtain at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working around the silt curtain.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.3 of 2018 dated 12 January 2018

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