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Ports & Terminals — By on March 6, 2018 at 7:18 PM

06-Mar-2018

MARITIME CREW VISA PROCESSING FOR EASTER 2018
Australia
BANK AND PUBLIC AUTHORITIES TO CLOSE FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Russia
PORT OPERATIONS UNAFFECTED BY STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION
Sri Lanka

The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) Maritime Global Processing Centre (MGPC) will be closed from 4pm Thursday 29 March until start of business, Tuesday 3 April, and will not be processing any Maritime Crew Visas (MCVs) during this time.

You are encouraged to ensure MCV applications are lodged at least 14 days prior to arrival in order to avoid any issues with delays to processing, crew arriving without visas, or associated punitive action. This means applications should be lodged no later than Thursday 15 March for crew that will be arriving between Thursday 29 March and Tuesday 3 April.

The Australian Border Force will remain operational on a continued 24/7 basis over the Easter holiday period.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Bank and public authorities to close for public holiday
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russia

Banks, authorities, port administrations, etc in Russia will be closed from Thursday 8 March until Sunday 11 March, to mark International Women’s Day. The next working day in Russia will be Monday 12 March.

The holiday will not affect oil/products terminals’ mooring and loading schedules.

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

Port operations unaffected by state of emergency declaration
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Sri Lanka

Operations at Sri Lanka’s four ports – Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee & Hambantota – are proceeding smoothly, unaffected by the ten-day nationwide state of emergency declared today (6 March).

The state of emergency was declared in a bid to prevent the spread of communal violence following unrest in the Kandy district (central Sri Lanka) over the past two days. No curfew, road blocks or similar measures have been imposed in the ports’ regions as yet, and operations are continuing as normal.

For information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

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