Published on 12 Feb 2013, 02:15 PM #
Mr. / Chairman of Middle East Survey & Control Office
Kindly note that on 28/11/2011 we have received a formal notification from the ministry of defense (no. 10/3/24/2 G53) and also received a formal notification from the marine operation bureau on 3/12/2011 advising us of the following:
1‐The government prohibits the presence of any weapons / security teams on commercial vessels in accordance with the laws and regulations of the International Maritime Organization.
2‐ In case of the presence of any weapons on board the commercial vessels coming to Egypt: ‐ the master of the vessel is to lock the said weapons ,issue a certificate in this regard then hand the certificate to the pilot at the waiting area. The certificate should state clearly that the Master is obliged to hand the weapons to the port police once the vessel anchors .Weapons should be locked / sealed in a box after it has been examined by the Port Police, that is then re‐delivered to the Master upon departure.
3‐In case the Master refuses to comply with the said instructions then the vessel will not be allowed to enter the port with weapons on board.
4‐ In case of vessels transiting The Suez Canal The port Civil Police (Port Security) will receive the weapons from the vessels transiting The Suez Canal at the entrance point and move it overland and deliver it to the vessel’s crew at the exit point.
5‐In case of weapons are deployed on board vessels during their presence in the territorial waters or the quay side or while berthing at outer or inner waiting areas and during transiting The Suez Canal, the Master and crew will be taken for formal interrogations in accordance with the governing local law no. 394 for the year 1954 and it’s amendments in carrying weapons and ammunition without a license.
Head of the Maritime Sector
Admiral El Sayed Hamed Hedaya
Published on 12 Feb 2013, 02:10 PM #
The situation in Egypt has somewhat been through a roller coaster ride over the past two years. Currently, the people have lost all confidence in the present government and the Muslim Brotherhoods extension of that government. Evidence of this came when the Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi imposed a state of emergency and curfew on the Canal cities. In defiance, the residents of those cities played recreational games, such as soccer, when the curfew was officially supposed to start. Since president Mursi has taken office, he has managed to divide the people, with the muslim brotherhood and the people who follow them on one side, and people who dream of a free and liberal democratic Egypt on the other.
Violence has returned to the streets of Egypt as clashes between protestors and security forces start anew. The Egyptian population have started comparing the current regimes to the old one, with reports of police brutality and the torturing of protestors starting again.
On the marine front, the traffic through the Suez Canal is operating normally, with the Egyptian army securing key ports up and down the coastline. There are sporadic disturbances near those ports, which sometimes can cause our investigating surveyors to be delayed traveling to a vessel due to safety reasons.
Will be updating you with any major events or occurrences that are pertinent to your interests.
Published on 08 Aug 2012, 11:01 AM #
By the beginning of the year 2012 , and following the urge to improve the service we provide to our clients, Mesco has made an agreement with one of the most reputable petroleum labs in Egypt in order to secure the below services for the club’s assureds oil tankers :
1- BUNKER TESTING FOR MARINE DISTILLATE FUEL AND MARINE RESUDUAL FUEL AT SUEZ
Due to the concerns beyond bunker quality, fuel prices continuing on the upward trend, it became essential for ship owners to determine the quality of bunkers they have paid for in order to protect their vessels from machinery failure by poor quality bunkers.
2- QUALITY AND QUANTITY BUNKER SURVEY :
• SAMPLE COLLECTION
A team of surveyors located at all Egyptian Ports will ensure that representative set of samples are collected from your vessel’s
fuel manifold during the bunker delivery.
• LABORATORY TESTING
As soon as the sample arrives at the laboratories, the fuel analysis begins according to the current ISO 8217 requirements, and completing the fuel specification Tests within 24 hours. The lab chosen is equipped with latest ICP by Perkin and Elmer capable of testing the fuel metal contents according to IP 501.
• DELIVERY & RETENTION
The collected fuel samples are delivered, stored & retained at the Laboratory in approved IATA containers / bottles.
• PRE-BUNKER TESTING
To avoid the off-specification fuel on board a vessel, many fuel purchasers prefer having an independent knowledge about The quality of Fuel oil before it is delivered to their vessel. To assist our clients with this, we offer pre-bunker analysis all over the Egyptian ports
A pre-bunker analysis involves collecting representative samples from the barge tanks and testing them. The aim of the pre-bunker analysis is to Check the specs of the bunker prior being delivered to vessel. This will enable our clients to make an informed decision whether or not to accept the bunkers fuel.