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02-Feb-2018

PORT RETURNS TO PROJECT DEPTH
Freeport, United States
SHIP POLAR CERTIFICATE A MUST FOR NSR TRANSIT
Northern Sea Route, Russia
ICE CONDITION REPORT (2 FEBRUARY)
St Petersburg, Russia

Port returns to project depth
Friday, February 2, 2018, Freeport, United States

Effective immediately, the Brazos Pilots make the following draft recommendation for vessels transiting the Federal Channel at the Port of Freeport:

MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED DRAFT 42’ FRESH WATER at zero mean low water

This recommendation is applicable for underkeel clearance requirements and tide availability. We request timely notification of anticipated arrivals or departures of deep draft vessels with minimal underkeel clearance.

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: Brazos Pilots Association, Freeport, Texas, letter dated 1 February 2018

Ship Polar Certificate a must for NSR transit
Friday, February 2, 2018, Northern Sea Route, Russia

Ship owners and operators who intend to use the Northern Sea Route (NSR) are required to apply to the NSR Administration for relevant permission.

To navigate the route, vessels must provide a copy of the Polar Ship Certificate, as provided by the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) (resolution MSC.385(94) of the Maritime Safety Committee and resolution MEPC.264(68) of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organisation, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended by the Protocol of 1978 and Protocol of 1981) relating thereto).

For further details and information about operations in Russia, contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com or murmansk@gac.com

Ice condition report (2 February)
Friday, February 2, 2018, St Petersburg, Russia

There is currently both fast (static) and drifting (slowly shifting) ice approximately 10cm thick in and around the port of St Petersburg.

Conditions are not causing significant issues for vessels in the port and the only restriction currently in force is for barges towed by tugs.

For further details and information about operations in and around St Petersburg, contact GAC Russia at st-petersburg@gac.com

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