Union Announces Strikes in Port of Marseille-Fos

The CGT workers’ union has announced one-day strikes in the port of Marseille-Fos.


Increased Risk of Customs Fines in Dakar

As reported widely in previous years, vessels calling in Dakar may be subjected to Customs fines and/or detention for any alleged inaccuracies in the following documents and declarations:


Tunisia: Protests Prevent Pet Coke Discharge in Gabès

A sit in which started at the port of Gabès on Tuesday, 19 March 2019, has effectively prevented any vessels from discharging the pet coke which fuels local cement works.


Algeria: Strikes Perturb Courts

In the aftermath of another Friday of demonstrations in Algeria protesting against the continuing presidency of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Budd’s Algiers office reports that to date, there have been no major effects on the country’s ports.


Indonesian Insurance Mandatory for Some Cargoes

Following a series of postponements in 2018 (see our web news of 15/02/18, 09/04/18 and 03/08/18), the Indonesian government confirmed implementation of an amended version of Regulation 82/2017, starting with Article 4 which first came into force on a trial basis 1-28 February 2019. This trial period has now been extended up to the end of this month (March 2019).


Tunisia : Gabes Port Resumes Commerical Activity

Budd Tunisia is pleased to advise that the blockade preventing vessels from entering or leaving the port of Gabes ended at 21:00 LT yesterday (3 March 2019).


Tunisia: Fishing Boats Block Gabes

Vessels are being prevented from entering the port of Gabes by a blockade of fishing boats.


Abidjan: Improved Vridi Canal Opens

First built in 1950 to provide deepwater access from the Atlantic Ocean to the port of Abidjan on the Ebrié Lagoon, the Vridi Canal has just been widened and deepened to accommodate container ships with a draft of up to 16 metres and a 10,000 TEU capacity, as opposed to the previous maximum draft of 12 metres and TEU capacity of 3,500.


Senegal: Electronic CTN’s Mandatory from 1 March 2019

Budd’s Dakar office has provided us with the a circular received from the Senegalese Council of Shippers and advising that from 1 March 2019, all cargoes imported into the country will have to be identified by an electronic Container Tracking Note (CTN) number or Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons (BESC). We have also prepared an English translation of this circular.


Senegal: Presidential Elections 24 February 2019

The first round of Senegal’s presidential elections will take place on Sunday, 24 February 2019.

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