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Jiangsu MSA takes measures to attract VLCs

16 October 2013
Jiangsu Maritime Safety Authorities have announced that as of 1 November, the procedure will be scrapped for very large vessels (100,000dwt and above) that require them to pay for an MSA-led navigational safety expert assessment before being allowed to dock in any of the Jiangsu ports on the trunkline of the Yangtze River. Instead, their safety plans could be included in the application forms of their handling agents.

In addition, the responsibility and authority of approval will be localised to the level of the MSA office in charge of the particular port of docking. The measures will help reduce costs and turnaround time for vessel operators to enter the Jiangsu section of the Yangtze, Jiangsu MSA said.

In the meantime, the MSA readjusted the specification of very large vessels allowed to enter the Yangtze: length of Capesize no longer than 300 metres; length of those passing the Yinggongzhou section no longer than 225 metres with a required maximum air draught; for vessels passing Dangxi shiplock, the draught should be no more than 11.8 metres, and no more than 10.5 metres upstream of Changzhou.

     
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