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Pilotage allowance amendment
Monday, November 25, 2019, Aden, Yemen

Starting from 1 December 2019, YGAPC [Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation] will amend the pilotage allowance for every movement that a ship makes inside the port of Aden (entering, leaving, shifting, etc…)

From 15.15 US$ to 40 US$ ships of less than 10,000 GRT

From 25.25 US$ to 60 USS ships of more than 10,000 GRT

(For information about operations in Yemen, contact GAC Yemen at [email protected])

Source: Republic of Yemen Ministry of Transport, Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation Circular No.38 for the year 2019

Digital berth advice application trial
Monday, November 25, 2019, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is starting a trial digital service providing application-based advice on public berths for inland shipping. As they are approaching the port, users of RiverGuide – the digital route planner for inland navigation – will receive a push message asking them whether they require a berth.

The aim of the trial is to validate whether voyage data and vessel characteristics can be used to provide correct advice on berths. We shall also be assessing whether the skipper appreciates the advice provided. Running until the end of January 2020, the trial will include 500 port calls. If the trial proofs successful, the system could become a permanent feature within RiverGuide and other route planners.

Inland vessels visiting the port of Rotterdam sometimes have to wait a while before they are able to access a terminal and then look for a berth. Another reason why inland vessels need berths is so they can wait for a new cargo. A berth may also be necessary because a skipper is obliged to take a break due to the law covering sailing hours.

Spread throughout the port of Rotterdam, there are approximately 150 locations with a joint capacity of around 500 vessels. For some years, the Inland Shipping Berths Information System (BLIS) has been providing access to online information on whether or not berths are available. This functionality is also built into RiverGuide, the app for smooth, safe and smarter navigation, developed on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority in association with eight other waterway authorities.

Skippers regularly have to look for a place because their preferred public berths are either taken when they arrive or do not meet their requirements (e.g. the displaying of cones if dangerous substances are on board). It has also been shown that skippers do not always consult BLIS’s berthing function. We have also seen that in some areas of the port, there are rarely any vacant berths, whereas at other locations there is still plenty of available capacity. This causes unnecessary shipping movements and is therefore inefficient. The Port Authority is hoping that this trial will be able to help visiting inland vessels even more, by providing custom advice whenever possible.

(For information about operations in Rotterdam contact GAC Netherlands at [email protected]m)

Source: Port of Rotterdam ( press release dated 25 November

Works off south of Marina East
Monday, November 25, 2019, Singapore

The working period for works off south of Marina East has been extended. The works are now being carried out from 25 November 2019 to 24 May 2020.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.119 of 2019 dated 25 November 2019, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 16.574’N / 103 deg. 52.646’E
2) 01 deg. 16.808’N / 103 deg. 52.453’E
3) 01 deg. 16.865’N / 103 deg. 52.503’E
4) 01 deg. 16.824’N / 103 deg. 52.584’E
5) 01 deg. 16.684’N / 103 deg. 52.618’E
6) 01 deg. 16.620’N / 103 deg. 52.704’E

The works will include dredging and installation of steel pipes and towers. Crane barges will be utilized for the installation of steel pipes and towers.

The dredgers will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centered from the dredgers. The dredged materials will be transported to designated dumping ground by barges.

Temporary platforms are raised at Points A to F, painted yellow and illuminated.

Safety boats will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

Craft involved in the works exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);
e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

Source: GAC

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