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Amended Implementing Instructions

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    11 January 2019

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    Cannakale Strait, Turkey

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Waiting times of vessels anchored in the north-south entrances of the Canakkale Strait have increased due to the dangerous cargo-carrier traffic that has recently increased above forecast. An arrangement is necessary to reduce the waiting times of anchored ships without compromising the priority of ensuring safe passage.

The Implementing Instructions titled Contracted and Scheduled LNG Vessels and LPG Vessels article 8, paragraph two, have been amended as follows:

LPG Carriers:

a) LPG carriers with LOA of 150 meters and over complete their transit through the Bosporus Strait with assistance of pilots, escorted tug escorts during daytime; LPG carriers carrying LPG with a LOA of 150 meters and over which are due transit through the Canakkale Strait complete their transit with assistance of pilots, escorted by tugboats during daytime; LPG carriers with LOA of 150-200 meters which are not carrying LPG complete their transit during day/night with pilot assistance.

b) In relation to vessels which are subject to tug escorts; LPG carriers with LOA of 150 meters and over should complete their Bosporus transit passage accompanied by tug escort/s with a bollard pull of minimum 60 tons, LPG carriers with LOA of 200 meters and over should complete their passage accompanied by tug escort/s with a bollard pull of minimum 90 tons.

c) The number of tug escorts and their bollard pulls could be increased if necessary, taking into account the weather and sea conditions.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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