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Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 29, 2018 at 7:40 PM


Hong Kong
Kiel Canal, Germany
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Aden, Yemen
Establishment/re-alignment of fairways & anchorages
Monday, January 29, 2018, Hong Kong
The establishment of three principal fairways and one prohibited fishing area in waters north of the Lantau Island, and the re-alignment of the boundaries of four existing principal fairways and adjacent anchorages in the western part of Victoria Harbour, will come into effect on 1 February 2018.

The boundaries of the three new principal fairways, namely the Urmston Road Fairway, the Castle Peak Fairway and the Ha Pang Fairway are respectively specified in items (1) to (3) of Appendix I. The boundaries of the new prohibited fishing area that joins the Ma Wan Fairway, the Kap Shui Mun Fairway and the Ha Pang Fairway, is specified in item (4) of Appendix I. Arising from the establishment of principal fairways, three existing light buoys in the area will be relocated on 31 January 2018

…Information on the establishment and re-alignment of fairways and anchorages is also available at the Marine Department website:

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

Source: Extract from the Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.10 of 2018 dated 25 January 2018

Temporary closure of lock chamber
Monday, January 29, 2018, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that one big new lock chamber at Kiel locks will be temporarily closed between 0700 and 1600 hours local time today (29 January), tomorrow (30 January), 31 January and 1 February, due to maintenance works. During these times, only one big lock chamber will be in operation.

(For information about operations in Germany contact GAC’s Hub Agency Centre 24/7 Port on Demand Team at

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent, Germany

Port closed due to strong winds
Monday, January 29, 2018, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dammam Port was closed and vessel movements suspended due to strong wind (34 knots) from 0500 hours local time today (29 January).

UPDATE: Vessels movements resumed at 1230 hours, after a slight improvement in weather conditions.

For information about operations in Dammam contact GAC Saudi Arabia at

New visa requirements for crew of vessels calling at FPSOs
Monday, January 29, 2018, Australia
The Australian Border Force (ABF) has today (29 January) issued instructions covering Non-citizens participating in, or supporting, offshore resource activities. The main change to the regulations is that the Federal legislation covering “Offshore Resource Activities” is now deemed to also cover tankers loading at offshore FPSOs.

Effectively, all crew on board vessels loading at FPSOs or other offshore terminals are required to be issued with a “Working Visa” prior to the vessel berthing at the FPSO to load the offtake cargo. This new regulation is being implemented with immediate effect.

The simplest visa to obtain is a Class 400 Temporary Work (short Stay) Specialist visa, which costs A$280 per application per person. This visa takes a number of weeks to be approved. Currently, Immigration advise that 75% of applications are approved within 13 days and 90% are processed within 21 days.

This new regulation issued by ABF will seriously affect the ability of oil terminals and cargo buyers to fixing vessels to load cargoes at ball offshore oil terminals at short notice, given the time frames for the issuance of 400 class visas.

Currently, tankers can call at all Australian Mainland ports and all crew are required to be issued with are Maritime Crew Visas, which are simple to apply for and valid for five years.

This new regulation does not affect vessels calling at Australian mainland ports. The new interpretation of the legislation will ONLY affect vessels loading at offshore oil terminals.

Further, Gorgon Terminal will not be affected as it is deemed an onshore terminal.

For further details and information about operations at Australia ports and terminals, contact GAC Australia at

Port status update (29 January)
Monday, January 29, 2018, Aden, Yemen
According to local reports, fierce fighting broke out in Aden yesterday morning (28 January) between forces loyal to the exiled President Hadi and the Southern Resistance Forces, in the wake of a crackdown on anti-government protests.

All public institutions in Aden, including military and police, fell into the hands of the Southern Resistance Forces.  Later in the day, Aden International Airport was closed and all aircraft departed without passengers.

The port of Aden, however, remains open and operating normally without any interruption.

For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at

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