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Sea Parade on 1 July 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Hong Kong

A flag raising ceremony will be held at 0800 hours on 1 July 2021 (Thursday) at the Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. During the ceremony, a sea parade made up of launches of the disciplinary services will proceed

from Causeway Bay to HKCEC between 0745 hours and 0805 hours, and display water jets off HKCEC at 0800 hours.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of all vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the parade fleet.

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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 95/2021

Tariffs to increase
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Donges, France

A 5% increase of general tariffs has been agreed for the Port of Donges, effective from 1 July 2021.

There will also be an Increase in the minimum charge for vessels calling in Donges and carrying refined products, from 2,5 minimum charges to 3 minimum charges.

Further, there will be an LNG transhipment rebate beyond 36th transhipment, and a reduction to 2 minimum charges for LNG beyond the 120th call, instead of the 71st call.

For information about operations in France, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at [email protected]

Revised tariff for tankers at SPM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Mundra, India

A new tariff came into effect yesterday (8 June) for tankers berthing at HPCL-MITTAL SPM, Mundra.

For details of the new rates as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at [email protected]

Dry bulk cargo handling rebate scheme
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Kolkata, India

To increase cargo volume at SMP, the following rebates on Vessel Related Charges for foreign vessel and cargo related charges for foreign cargo has been approved and is valid from 1 June 2021 to 31 March 2022.


a) Dry bulk vessels above 50000 GRT or loading/unloading at least 1 Lakh metric tonnes calling at SMP anchorages:
i. Towage & pilotage of vessels will be realised at 50% of S.24.1 of the SoR at all anchorages.
ii. Port dues shall be realised at 50% of charges mentioned of S.24.1 of SoR at all anchorages.
iii. From 1 April to 30 September when cargo operations are not possible at other points (i.e. Sandheads/X/NX anchorages), the limit of 1 Lakh metric tonnes will not apply. The rebate will be applicable if the vessel carries cargo up to maximum permissible draft at Sagar.

b) Dry bulk vessels up to 50000 GRT carrying full load without discharging at any other port at various anchorages of SMP:


Location of anchorage: Sagar
– % of pilotage levied as per S.24.1: 75% (as per SoR S.24.2)

Location of anchorage: X & NX anchorages
– % of pilotage levied as per S.24.1: 50% (as per SoR S.24.2)

ii. 50% of port dues shall be realised on vessels carrying full load and discharging partly at any anchorage of SMP and balance cargo in the impounded docks. If balance cargo is dicscharged at impounded docks of HDC, both KDS and HDC will realise 25% of port dues each. If balance cargo is discharged at impounded docks of KDS, then KDS will collect 50% of the port dues.

iii. For period from 1 April to 30 September, when cargo operations are not possible at other points (i.e., Sandheads/X/NX anchorages), towage and pilotage charges at Sagar shall be realised at 50% of S.24.1 of SoR if the vessel carried cargo up to maximum permissible at Sagar. This rebate is applicable only when the vessel discharges at anchorages to attain the draft of impounded docks and then discharges balance cargo at inside impounded docks.

i. 50% rebate on onboard charges (as per S.5.1 of the SoR)
ii. Rs.50/- per MT rebate on the promotional rates applicable at HFTPL for lighterage cargo for vessels up to 50,000 GRT, which eventually arrive at the impounded dock of HDC for final discharge. To qualify for this vessel, the vessel should arrive at the permissible draft at Sagar r other anchorage points and unload the cargo til the vessel attains the draft for calling ay HDC.
iii. Rs 30/- per MT rebate on the promotional rates applicable at HFTPL for lighterage cargo for vessels above 50,000 GRT, which are unable to arrive at the impounded dock of HDC for final discharge due to length and/or beam constraint.
iv. 50% on railway haulage charges on lighterage dry bulk cargo.
v. 25% rebate on railway haulage charges on dry bulk cargo, other than lighterage cargo.


1. 50% rebate on charges leviable at jetty/berth as per S.4.5.(b) of SoR.

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

Source: Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Kolkata Trade Circular dated 8 June 2021

Exemption from entry restrictions
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Philippines

With reference to Resolution No. 119 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) dated 03 June 2021 wherein non-Philippine government repatriation efforts are included in the exemption from the entry restrictions of Filipino travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Exemptions are subject to the following guidelines:

a) In case of Philippine government-organized repatriation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration shall conduct prior coordination with each other, and with the Department of Health – Bureau of Quarantine (DOH-BOQ), Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its One-Stop Shop and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Task Group for the Management of Returning Overseas Filipinos at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the departure from the country of origin.

b) In case of non-Philippine government repatriations:
i. All Filipino repatriates from the countries with travel restrictions must present a negative RT-PCR result, with the test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to boarding the aircraft or vessel. It shall be the responsibility of the airline or shipping line to check on this requirement. For purposes of documentation and monitoring, the copy of the negative RT-PCR result of the repatriate shall be submitted to the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) upon arrival in the port of entry in the Philippines.
ii. Prior approval from the BOQ for the entry of the flight or vessel carrying the Filipino repatriates is a prerequisite prior to its movement from point of origin. For this purpose, (1) the concerned local manning agency, in the case of seafarers; the (2) Philippine recruitment agency, for land-based workers; or (3) the sponsoring Philippine government agency, in case of other overseas Filipinos not covered in the foregoing shall submit the request for exemption to the DOH-BOQ indicating therein the flight/vessel and repatriate details. Said approval by DOH BOQ is tantamount to IATF’s approval on the repatriation effort.

c) All repatriates from countries with travel restrictions in effect shall be placed on a strict fourteen-day (14-day) facility-based quarantine from the date of arrival in the Philippines, with the date of arrival being the first day.

The same protocols shall be applied to other countries which may be included in the travel restrictions, as determined by the IATF or the Office of the President.

In view of the foregoing, please note of the following amended guidelines on the conduct crew changes:

A. Ships coming from or have rendered port call/s in the following countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, are temporarily restricted from disembarking their seafarers, regardless of nationality, until 2359H of 15 June 2021.
1. Oman
2. United Arab Emirates
3. Pakistan
4. Bangladesh
5. Nepal
6. Sri Lanka
7. India

B. Filipino and foreign seafarers with no immigration admission in the above countries within the last 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines shall be allowed to disembark subject to existing health and safety protocols of the established One-Shop Shops (OSS) for Seafarers.

C. Filipino seafarers coming from the flagged countries shall be allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to the above guidelines and requirements of IATF Resolution No. 119.

D. Specimen from travelers coming from the above countries that turn positive upon testing in the Philippines shall undergo Whole Genome Sequencing. All close contacts must undergo facility-based quarantine for fourteen (14) days, and contact tracing shall expand up to the third-generation contacts.

E. Embarkation to ships bound to the above shall be subject to the existing exit protocols of the Philippines as well as entry protocols of the foregoing countries.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at [email protected])

Source: Philippines Department of Transportation Notice dated 4 June 2021

Source: GAC

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