Vessel Priorities for the Port of Newcastle

1. Outbound vessels requiring 10% underkeel clearance. (Vessel must have finished all cargo operations and be ready to sail at the appointed time, otherwise pilot and services will go to the next vessel)

2. Inbound vessels requiring 0.3m underkeel clearance upon berthing.

3. Outbound - ammonium nitrate vessels which have completed loading cargo.

4. Liner service (MPT) in/outbound. (Outbound vessel must have finished all cargo operations and be ready to sail at the appointed time, otherwise pilot and services will go to the next vessel).

5. Inbound cape size vessels required to enter port during daylight hours, which will commence working cargo prior to 2359 hours on the day of entry.

6. Other vessels.

7. The Harbour Master may determine changes be made to a booked programme for safety reasons or due to adverse weather conditions.

  • Medical emergencies (SOLAS) to be given consideration over all traffic.
  • Turn of Arrival only gives the vessel priority over a contested berth, not priority for port entry or departure.
  • Start up after port closure, VTIC/Pilots will decide vessel priorities.
  • Berth owners/lessee will decide the line up to their berths.
  • Agents who decline to book their vessels for the time requested by a berth owners/lessee will have that time slot given to any vessel requiring that time.
  • Dyke No.1 and Channel Berth are working berths and can be used tie-up berths, these berths will be allocated on a first come basis.
  • In a busy program if an outbound vessel is still working cargo at its booked departure time then the inbound vessel to that berth will be re-booked at the end of the program, so that vessels not creating the delay are not disadvantaged.
  • Newcastle Port Corporation and the port service providers (tug/linesman) are well placed to handle future trade increases by accommodating multiple movements simultaneously.
  • To make a booking valid agents must give VTIC the following information at the time of making the booking:

 

Inward Booking
Outward Booking
1
Vessel Name
Vessel Name
2
IMO Number
Helicopter compliant Yes/No
3
Helicopter compliance sheet available
Departure draught
4
Entry draught
In ballast or through cargo
5
In ballast or through cargo
 
6
Loading or discharging
 
7
Vessels bow to bridge (first port visit only)
 
8
Vessels bow to gangway (first port visit only)
 
9
Last port/Next port
 
10
Berth and side to (also harbour removal)
 
11
Bridge mark on berth (also harbour removal)
 

 

Port Arrival Means:

Good Weather

  • When a vessel drops anchor after crossing the ten mile limit, or
  • When a vessel crosses the ten mile limit and decides to drift

Bad Weather

  • When a vessel comes to the ten mile limit (if weather permits) and decides to go to sea to drift after notifying VTIC, or
     
  • If the weather conditions prevent the vessel from coming to the ten mile limit, the master is to notify VTIC from a reasonable distance (at the discretion of NPC) from Nobbys Light House to call the vessel arrived as the vessel for safety reasons is unable to come any closer to the port and they will make to sea and drift.

Competing Vessels (Good/Bad weather)

  • When one or more vessels are said to have similar ETAs then VTIC must be notified by the vessels agent (not the stevedore or berth owner/lessee) and request that VTIC monitor the ten mile limit. The first vessel to cross that limit shall be deemed to have arrived ahead of the next vessel.
  • If the weather conditions prevent the vessel from coming to the ten mile limit, the master is to notify VTIC from a reasonable distance (at the discretion of NPC) from Nobbys Light House to call the vessel arrived as the vessel for safety reasons is unable to come any closer to the port and they will make to sea and drift.

30 July 2010