HOT PORT NEWS from GAC
Revised restrictions for oil berth
Friday, November 30, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia
Oil Berth 201 at Port Kembla can now accept LR1 up to max LOA 229m.
Revised restrictions now in force are as follows:
Berth Box: 250m
Berth Length: 80m
MAX vessel LOA: 200-229m
Max vessel beam: 32.5m
Berth declared Depth: 11.0m
Max draft at berth: 11m + tide-0.6m
Transit draft restrictions: 10.55+tide/1.08m
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at [email protected]
Maritime Global Processing Centre holiday closure
Friday, November 30, 2018, Australia
Australia’s Department of Home Affairs Maritime Global Processing Centre (MGPC) has advised the days the times and days it will be closed over the upcoming Christmas holiday period.
The office will be closed:
- From 4pm on Monday 24 December 2018 until start of business on Friday 28 December 2018;
- From 4pm on Monday 31 December 2018 until start of business, Wednesday 2 January 2019.
The office will not process any Maritime Crew Visas (MCVs) during this time.
MCV applications should be lodged as early as possible in the lead up to the holiday period, at least 21 days prior to arrival, to avoid any issues with delays to processing or crew arriving without visas.
This means applications should be lodged no later than:
- Monday 3 December 2018 for crew arriving between 24-28 December 2018; and
- Monday 10 December 2018 for crew arriving between 31 December 2018 and 2 January 2019.
For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at [email protected]
Johor Bahru port limits
Friday, November 30, 2018, Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) would like to draw the attention of ship masters and owners of vessels to the Federal Government Gazette P.U. (B) 587 “Declaration of Alteration of Port Limits for Johore Bahru Port” published on 25 October 2018 (the “Gazette Notification”) by the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia, Port Circular No. 88/2018 dated 11 November 2018, issued by the Director of Marine, Marine Department Malaysia, Southern Region (“PC 88/2018”), and Notice to Mariners No. 164/2018 dated 22 November 2018, issued by the Director General, Marine Department Malaysia (“NtM 164/2018”).
The Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018 purport to extend the port limits for Malaysia’s Johor Bahru Port in a manner which encroaches into Singapore’s territorial waters and the approaches to the Port of Singapore off Tuas. Accordingly, MPA does not recognise the port limits published in the Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018. Ship masters and owners of vessels should therefore disregard the Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018 which impinge on Singapore’s sovereignty.
MPA would also like to remind ship masters and owners of vessels that Singapore’s territorial waters extend westward of Singapore’s current port limits around Tuas and vessels operating in this area are to continue to comply with applicable Singapore regulations.
For any enquiry, please contact us at [email protected].
(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at [email protected])
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.8 of 2018 dated 30 November 2018