Tsunami warning lifted
8 July 2019
The tsunami warning issued after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake off the northeastern coast of Sulawesi last night (Sunday 7 July) has been lifted. Life is returning to normal today with offices and schools opening as usual.
The quake’s epicentre was out at sea at a depth of 36km. Tremors shook buildings and some residents were urged to move to higher ground. Despite several smaller aftershocks, there are no reports of serious damage or casualties.
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Proposal to modify tolls structure
On June 14, 2019 the Panama Canal published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure for the dry bulk, passenger, containership, vehicle carrier, and RoRo segments, as well as tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels, the intra-maritime cluster (local tourism segment) and minimum tolls (small vessels).
Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a 30-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, which will close on July 15, 2019…
…For the dry bulk segment, the proposal offers matching the tolls charged to Neopanamax vessels carrying iron ore with the tolls assessed for grains and “other dry bulk” cargoes, as well as a tariff increase for Neopanamax dry bulkers transiting in ballast.
The proposal also aims to add transparency to the tolls structure for the passenger segment by charging based on the maximum passenger capacity that can be carried by each specific passenger vessel. To that end, the Canal is proposing to change the unit of measurement from a “per berth” to a “per passenger” basis, making it easier for cruise lines to transfer transit costs to their customers.
For the containership segment, the main user of the Neopanamax Locks, the proposed toll modifications will help retain and incentivize increased cargo volumes through the Panama Canal. Specifically, the proposal offers more attractive rates for customers who benefit from the Panama Canal Loyalty Program by adding new levels with reduced rates in the capacity charge for shipping lines deploying between 2 to 3 million TEUs, and additional reductions for lines deploying an incremental over 3 million TEUs. The incentive implemented in the last toll modification in fiscal year 2018 for total TEU loaded in the return voyage (TTLR) will remain in effect.
To add further transparency to the toll structure for the vehicle carrier and RoRo segment, the proposed modifications include, for the first time, a new tariff category or range precisely designed for Neopanamax vessels to account for vessels sizes and capacity. Additional modifications for this segment include slight increments in toll tariffs for Panamax-sized vessels, as well as minor adjustments based on vessel size ranges.
Toll structures for tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels remain unchanged, but toll adjustments are proposed to more closely align them with the value of the route.
Tolls for small vessels, minimum tolls and for the local tourism market are being revised upwards to take into account the resources used during the transit and the complexity of accommodating these vessels within the locks’ chambers. The last tariff adjustment for small vessels was implemented in 2012.
Lastly, and based on comments submitted by clients during the 2017 public consultation and hearing process, the Canal proposes to review the rates charged to vessels carrying containers on deck, which do not belong to the container shipping segment, to allow for differentiated charges for containers that are empty, dry or refrigerated.
The complete proposal is available at www.pancanal.com/peajes. All interested parties are invited to participate in the consultation process, as well as the public hearing to be held in Panama City, Panama, on July 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (local time). In accordance with established rules, the Panama Canal will consider all correspondence received by 4:15 p.m. (local time) on July 15, 2019, as well as comments and opinions presented during the public hearing.
After a careful evaluation and analysis of the comments received, and once any pertinent changes are incorporated in the proposal, the Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama will officially approve the modifications. The date for implementation of the modifications to the tolls structure is planned for January 1, 2020.
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Extract from Panama Canal Authority (www.pancanal.com) Monthly Canal Operations Summary – June 2019 – dated 5 July 2019
New requirement at oil terminal
4 July 2019
Due to damage sustained at Pier No.1 of Sheskharis Oil Terminal in Novorossiysk, a new requirement is in effect immediately.
Aframax vessels will only be able to load parcels of 80,000- 85,000 MT at pier №1A.
All Aframaxes should meet the below requirements:
– Deadweight: not more than 122,039 t;
– Maximum LOA: 249.90 m;
– Maximum beam: 46.0 m.
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