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Amended declared depths
Monday, July 1, 2019, Port Kembla, Australia

Following a recent survey, the declared depths at Port Kembla have been amended, as follows:

Berth 101
– Previous depth: 11.55m
– New depth: 11.5m
– Size of berth: 220 x 35

Berth 102
– Previous depth: 16.3m
– New depth: 16.1m
– Size of berth: 300 x 50

Berth 103
– Previous depth: 14.55m
– New depth: 14.3m
– Size of berth: 250 x 50

Berth 104
– Previous depth: 15.6m
– New depth: 15.6m
– Size of berth: 350 x 50

Berth 105
– Previous depth: 15.05m
– New depth: 15.1m
– Size of berth: 250 x 50

Berth 106
– Previous depth: 14.2m
– New depth: 14.2m
– Size of berth: 240 x 50

Berth 107
– Previous depth: 12.2m
– New depth: 12.2m
– Size of berth: 280 x 35

Berth 109
– Previous depth: 12.0m
– New depth: 12.0m
– Size of berth: 260 x 35

Berth 110
– Previous depth: 8.7m
– New depth: 9.0m
– Size of berth: 145 x 35

Berth 111
– Previous depth: 15.5m
– New depth: 15.5m
– Size of berth: 285 x 50

Berth 112
– Previous depth: 12.65m
– New depth: 12.6m
– Size of berth: 300 x 50

Berth 113
– Previous depth: 11.55m
– New depth: 11.4m
– Size of berth: 190 x 50

Berth 201
– Previous depth: 11.0m
– New depth: 11.0m
– Size of berth: 250 x 50

Berth 202
– Previous depth: 10.5m
– New depth: 10.5m
– Size of berth: 210 x 35

Berth 203
– Previous depth: 10.1m
– New depth: 10.1m
– Size of berth: 210 x 35

Berth 204
– Previous depth: 3.5m
– New depth: 4.2m
– Size of berth: 90 x 35

Berth 205
– Previous depth: 5.5m
– New depth: 5.5m
– Size of berth: 90 x 35

Berth 206
– Previous depth: 11.4m
– New depth: 11.1m
– Size of berth: 220 x 50

Outer harbour approach
– New depth: 16.5m

Outer harbour
– New depth: 15.5m

The Cut
– Previous depth: 15.25m
– New depth: 15.2m

201 Basin
– New depth: 11.0m

202 Basin
– New depth: 10.5m

203 Basin
– New depth: 9.9m

206 Basin
– New depth: 11.4m

Inner harbour
– New depth: 15.2m

Inner harbour swing basin
– New depth: 15.2m

Eastern Basin
– New depth: 15.2m

Western Basin
– New depth: 11.0m

The revised transit draft has been reduced to 15.2m plus draft/1.08.

This change in depths will be updated in due course at https://www.portauthoritynsw.com.au/port-kembla/

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Commissioning testing of ballast water management systems
Monday, July 1, 2019, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a Shipping Circular (No.09 of 2019 dated 1 July 2019) to inform the industry on the application of BWM.2/Circ.70 on “Guidance for the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems” for Singapore-registered ships (SRS).

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved the proposed amendments to regulation E-1.1 and E-1.5 of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention) which are expected to enter into force at a later date. The amendments require the installed ballast water management system (BWMS) to undergo a commissioning test during the initial or additional ballast water management survey.

The purpose of the commissioning test is to verify that the mechanical, physical, chemical and biological processes of the installed BWMS are working properly, taking into account guidelines developed by the IMO (i.e. the BWM.2/Circ.70, as may be amended). The commissioning test is not intended to validate the type approval of the BWMS.

The commissioning test shall be carried out for BWMS that is installed on board applicable SRS of 400GT and above after 8 September 2019. Applicable SRS of less than 400GT may undergo the commission test voluntarily.

The commissioning test shall be carried out to the satisfaction of the attending RO surveyor after a complete installation of the BWMS, and after all ballasting equipment (e.g. pumps and piping) has been fully tested as appropriate.

The representative ballast water samples collected for the commissioning test should be analysed using at least an appropriate indicative analysis method. The commissioning test is considered to be successful if the analysis indicates that the sample does not exceed the D2 standard and the self-monitoring equipment of the BWMS indicates correct operation of all sensors and related equipment.

A written report including methods and detailed results of the commissioning testing should be provided to the attending RO surveyor for verification before an International Ballast Water Management Certificate (IBWMC) can be issued.

The arrangement for conducting the test and any commercial dealings pertaining to the commissioning test shall be between the shipowners / manager / shipyard / contractor and the manufacturer. The Administration of Singapore MPA does not carry out approval of any specific testing facility. The testing facility engaged to conduct the commissioning test shall be independent of the manufacturer of the BWMS and accepted by the RO which issues the IBWMC.

If the commissioning test cannot be successfully carried out due to the equipment’s system design limitation, a short term IBWMC may be issued for a period of not more than three months. This is to allow time for the commissioning test to be carried out to the satisfaction of the attending RO surveyor. No authorisation from MPA is required for such cases provided that the attending RO surveyor ensures the following:
– reasons for the commissioning test not being completed successfully are recorded in the ballast water record book;
– the attending RO surveyor is provided with arrangements for the commission test (e.g. date, time, location);
– the ship’s ballast water management plan (BWMP) has incorporated appropriate contingency measures in line with the “Amendments to the Guidelines for ballast water management and development of ballast water management plans (G4)” (Resolution MEPC.306(73));
– the ship’s Master and the designated ballast water management officer are aware of the “Guidance on contingency measures under the BWM Convention”, BWM.2/Circ.62, as may be amended, in particular on the communication between the ship and the port State;
and
– the ship’s Master and the designated ballast water management officer are aware of the reporting requirements to the competent port Authority as per regulation E1.7 of the BWM Convention when the vessel is calling a foreign port and shall comply with any additional requirements that the port State may impose.

If the commissioning test is not completed within the three months of the short term IBWMC, MPA’s approval for an extension is to be sought.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at [email protected]

Oil terminal pier out of operation
Monday, July 1, 2019, Novorossiysk, Russia

Pier No.1A at Sheskharis Oil Terminal is out of use due to arrangement necessitated by an incident at the pier.

All Aframaz range tankers calling to Sheskharis to load 80,000-85,000 crude oil will be accepted at Pier No.2. This berth is designed to load tankers with DWT up to a maximum of 105,500 MT. If a vessel’s DWT exceeds 105,500 MT it is required to provide the International Load Line Certificate for the remeasured max DWT 105,500 MT.

For information about operations at Novorossiysk, contact GAC Russia at [email protected]

Bad weather & strong wind warnings
Monday, July 1, 2019, Brazil

The Brazilian Navy has issued warnings about bad weather/sea conditions and strong winds in the following areas:

ALPHA AREA:

NOTICE NR 635/2019
Wind warning strong / hard issued at 1400 HMG – Sat 29 Jun 2019
Alpha area to the south of 32S and 25 MN of the coast from 011200 HMG. Wind NW / SW force 7/9 with gusts.
Valid up to 020000 hmg.

NOTICE NR 645/2019
Great Sea Warningissued at 1300 HMG – Sun 30 June 2019
Alfa area to 50 MN from the coast from 011200 HMG. SW / S waves 3.0 / 5.0 meters.
Valid until 021200 HMG.
THIS NOTICE REPLACES NOTICE NR 636/2019.

NOTICE NR 648/2019
Very strong / hard wind warningissued at 1900 HMG – Sun 30 June 2019
Alpha area from 021800 HMG. Wind NW / SW force 8/9 with gusts.Valid up to 040000 HMG.

NOTICE NR 650/2019
Great Sea warning / very heavyissued at 1900 HMG – Sunday 30 June 2019
Alpha area from 021200 HMG. SW / S waves 3.0 / 6.0 meters.Valid up to 040000 HMG.

BRAVO AREA

NOTICE NR 646/2019
Great Sea warningissued at 1300 HMG – Sun 30 June 2019
Bravo area to south of 27S and east of 046W from 011200 HMG. Waves of S / SW 3.0 / 3.5 meters.Valid until 021200 HMG.
THIS NOTICE REPLACES NOTICE NR 637/2019.

DELTA AREA

WARNING NR 649/2019
Wind warning strong / very strongissued at 1900 HMG – Sun 30 june 2019
Delta area south of 22S from 030000 HMG. Wind N / NW force 7/8 with gusts.Valid up to 040000 HMG.

SOUTH OCEAN AREA

NOTICE NR 640/2019
Very strong / hard wind warningissued at 1400 HMG – Sat 29 June 2019
Southern Ocean area to south 30S and west of 035W from 300,000 HMG. Wind NW / SW force 8/9 with gusts.Valid until 021200 HMG.
THIS NOTICE REPLACES NOTICE NR 631/2019.

NOTICE NR 641/2019
Very thick / high sea warningissued at 1400 HMG – Sat 29 June 2019
Southern Ocean area to south of 30S and west of 035W from 301800 HMG. Waves of NW / SW 4.0 / 6.5 meters.Valid until 021200 HMG.
THIS NOTICE REPLACES NOTICE NR 633/2019.

WARNING NR 642/2019
Very thick / high sea warning issued at 1400 HMG – Sat 29 June 2019
Southern Ocean area south 30S east 035W from 302100 HMG. Waves of NW / SW 4.0 / 6.5 meters. Valid until 031200 HMG.

NOTICE NR 647/2019
Very strong wind warningissued at 1300 HMG – Sun 30 June 2019
Southern Ocean area south 30S east 035W from 291500 HMG. Wind NW / SW force 8/9 with gusts.Valid until 021800 HMG.
THIS NOTICE REPLACES NOTICE NR 639/2019.

For information about operations in Brazil, contact GAC Brazil at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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