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Port closures & surcharges on Labour Day
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Turkey

Due to the Labour Day holiday in Turkey on 1 May, some ports may be closed and/or charges for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) may be increased by 50%.

A 50% surcharge issue will be in force for pilotage services in Turkish Straits on 1 May.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at [email protected]

19-day lockdown announced
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Turkey

In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases, the Turkish Government has announced a 19-day lockdown starting at 19:00 hours local time tomorrow (29 April) and ending at 05:00 hours local time on 17 May.

During the lockdown, all shore passes will be received back from all vessels as per Police Department instruction.

In such cases, persons who join a vessel as inspector, superintendent, etc and who stay at hotel during the vessels’ shipyard period will have to stay onboard.

Further, loading/discharging operations, transit passages from the TS and husbandry operations (crew change, transportation, delivery of orders etc.) will not be effected between these days.

Note: Cash To Master notifications should be informed 5-6 days before instead of 2-3 days due to limited working hours at banks during lockdown.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at [email protected]

Work stoppages announced
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Fremantle & Kwinana, Australia

Tug operator Svitzer Australia has received notification from the Maritime Union of Australia of protected industrial action by its members employed by Svitzer at the West Australia ports of Kwinana and Fremantle.

The union has announced that two 4-hour work stoppages are planned at both ports tomorrow (Thursday 29 April), starting at 3:00am and 3:00pm local time respectively.

A 24-hour work stoppage is also planned for Thursday 6 May, starting at 12:01am local time.

Svitzer is reviewing schedules and crewing requirements to minimise any potential disruption.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Travel from very high risk countries restricted
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, New Zealand

From 11:59pm local time tonight (28 April), travel from very high risk countries will be temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens, and parents of dependent children who are New Zealand citizens.

The following countries are currently in the very high risk category: India, Brazil, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan.

For information about operations in New Zealand, contact the GAC Singapore Hub Agency Centre at [email protected]

15-day quarantine before crew changes for vessels arriving from India
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

As per the discussion held today at Fujairah Immigration, if a vessel is coming directly from India, it must complete 15 days’ quarantine in order to carry out any crew change at Fujairah. The 15 days is calculated from the day when the ship departed the Indian port.

If a vessel is coming from India to Fujairah, transiting through or touching some other port (outside the UAE), there is no issue to carry out crew change at Fujairah provided that the ship has clearance from a foreign port.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations at Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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