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Increase of port charges & Environmental Incentive Scheme
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Port Kembla/Port Botany, Australia

NSW Ports have announced their intention to increase port charges by 9% at Port Kembla with effect from 1 July 2021, whilst continuing the Environmental Incentive Scheme applying to vessels calling at Port Kembla (or Port Botany).

NSW Ports introduced the Environmental Incentive Scheme to encourage higher standards of environmental performance on 1 January 2019, applying to vessel charges at Port Botany and Port Kembla. Over 700 vessels are currently registered under the scheme.

Details of the scheme are available at https://www.nswports.com.au/assets/Uploads/NSW-Ports-Environmental-Shipping-Incentive-Factsheet-Jun-2020.pdf

NSW Ports’ Standard Terms and Conditions (available on our website by following the link: https://www.nswports.com.au/assets/Uploads/Standard-Terms-Channel-Facilities2.pdf) apply to the owners, charterers and/or operators of vessels that access or use the channels or access, use or occupy the berths at Port Botany or Port Kembla.

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

Super Cyclone makes landfall
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Odisha, India

Super Cyclone Yaas hit the Odisha coast this morning (26 May), making landfall between Dhamra and Balasore, and hitting Dhamra port, from around 0900 hours local time.

The cyclone battered the northern coastline of Odisha with powerful winds and rains, with sustained wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting up to 155 kmph.

After landfall is complete, the system is very likely to move northwestwards across interior districts of Odisha and weaken gradually. It is estimated that it will take at least another 24 hours before Cyclone Yaas degenerates.

Vessel movements at all ports along the region (Vizag, Gangavaram, Paradip, Gopalpur, Dhamra, Haldia & Kolkata) remain suspended, until fair weather conditions prevail.

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

Vessel movements resumed
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Shuaiba, Kuwait

After being suspended due to bad weather, vessel movements at Shuaiba port resumed at 0850 hours local time today (26 May).

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

Very Severe Cyclone Yaas update (26 May)
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Bangladesh

The very severe cyclonic storm “Yaas” over Northwest Bay and adjoining area moved north-northwestwards and started crossing North Odissa-West Bengal coast between north of Dhamra and south of Balasore by 12 noon today (26 May)…

…Maximum sustained wind speed within 84km of the very severe cyclone centre is about 130kph rising to 150kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain very high near the centre.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazaar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (R) Three.

The districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jhalokathi, Pirojpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Bhola, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 80-100kph in gusts/squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the storm.

Under the influence of the cyclone and the full moon phase, low lying areas of the districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jhalokathi, Pirojpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Bhola, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and Chattogram are likely to be inundated by 03-06 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter until further notice.

(For information about operations in Bangladesh, contact GAC-Uniglobal Bangladesh at [email protected])

Source: Bangladesh Meteorological Department Special Weather Bulletin SL No.18 dated 26 May 2021

Source: GAC

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