Transatlantic Service – Maersk Montana

We would like to inform you that the vessel Maersk Montana will call the port of Miami. All other Transatlantic (TA1) vessels will call Port Everglades instead of Miami.

MAERSK MONTANA v 734W/736E

  • ETS Antwerp: 21.08.2017
  • ETS Rotterdam: 22.08.2017
  • ETS Bremerhaven: 24.08.2017
  • ETA Miami: 06.09.2017

The one off change enables us to recover schedule as part of the Labor Day contingency in USA. By changing port of call we can ensure on time departure and avoid delays on the route to Europe. Please note this is one off change and TA1 service will continue calling Port Everglades as communicated previously.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued support. If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your local Customer Service representative.

Thank you,

Maersk Line, Limited

 

MLL’s Offices Holiday Schedule

Valued Clients,

Please be advised the Maersk Line, Limited offices in Reston and Norfolk, Virginia will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 26, 2016.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

Our offices will also be closed for the New Year’s holiday on Monday, January 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Thank you.

 

 

Turkish Holiday Schedule Impact on DOD Cargo Shipments

Please be advised of the upcoming Turkish holiday schedule that could impact cargo movement planning and execution.

Below is a list of Turkish holidays; during these times Turkish Government offices will be closed. The Turkish Government usually extends the holidays for Government employees through the end of the week. Based on the following holiday schedule, USAFE-AFAFRICA anticipate movement and delivery delays with import cargo shipments to Turkey. Turkish Customs at Incirlik AB will work during holidays to clear aircraft parts and general cargo that arrive on military aircraft (MILAIR). Recommend all MICAPs/999 shipments to be routed via MILAIR to avoid delays.

Istanbul will not clear cargo through customs and commercial carriers will be closed as well. Diyarbakir (Site D) requests no MILAIR or commercial carriers arrive/depart during this time due to Turkish Customs access to the installation. Commercial carriers will not be allowed on the installation during the following periods.

Date Holiday Name Comments
 Sept 11  Sacrifice Feast Eve  Half Day
 Sept 12  Sacrifice Feast Day 1  National holiday
 Sept 13  Sacrifice Feast Day 2  National holiday
 Sept 14  Sacrifice Feast Day 3  National holiday
 Sept 15  Sacrifice Feast Day 4  National holiday

 

 Date  Holiday Name  Comments
 Oct 28  Republic Day Eve  Half Day
Oct 29 Republic Day National holiday

Thank you.

ML Advisory 2016 – 35: Eid Al Adha (EID) Holiday Impact

Be Advised: Eid Al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, the second of two major religious festivals celebrated by Muslims, will tentatively begin on 11 Sep 2016 and end on 13 Sep 2016. The actual dates may vary in each country depending on the region.

IMPACT ON CENTCOM AOR:

Pakistan (PAK GLOC): Eid Holidays will be observed in Pakistan for 3-4 days as declared by Government of Pakistan, depending on moon sighting. During this holiday: Customs; National Logistic Cell (NLC); Borders and all Port Operations will be closed for 3 days. Historically truck drivers usually leave for their hometown or villages to celebrate Eid 10 days prior and with an anticipated return 7 days post Eid.

During these days, import cargo will remain at port. Dispatches of import cargo from port to Afghanistan will resume beginning 7 days after the holiday. Truck availability will remain short a week prior to Eid and the week after Eid. Normal operations will resume on or about 21 Sep 16. Cargo at the port will be cleared for dispatched from the port no earlier than
9 Sep 16 after receiving TAP from NLC.

Afghanistan: Government offices in Afghanistan will close 2 days prior to Eid and will remain closed for 10 days to include the border crossing points, with limited to no cargo movement. Documentation/Customs teams will remain active until 7 Sep 16 and close during Eid and re-open after Eid.

Ground movement is anticipated to be affected from 8 Sep 16 and will resume by 18 Sep 16. During this time, there will be no intra-Afghanistan trucking so there will be delays on cargo dispatch. Truck placement at bases will stop 5 days prior to Eid. Dispatches from Afghanistan to Pakistan will stop from South (Chaman) 10 days prior to Eid. Dispatches from Kabul to Kandahar (APPF dependent highway) and Spin Boldak will also stop 3-5 days prior to Eid (and vice versa). Any cargo arriving from Pakistan during holidays will be staged at Carrier Holding Yard (CHY) facilities. There will be no Afghanistan Public Protection Force (APPF) escorts tentatively from 12-14 Sep 16.

Import cargo already en-route will be stored at a secured holding yard. Multimodal cargo that is flown into Afghanistan will be held at the airfield until trucking resumes. Cargo will be flown into Afghanistan on schedule and will not be staged in the UAE.

Export cargo will also be held at the FOB until trucking resumes. Cargo already en-route will be stored at a secured holding yard. Multimodal cargo at airbases will be flown to and dispatched as scheduled taking into account Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)/Criminal Investigation Department (CID)/Dubai Port Security (DPS) being closed and subject to MOD being approved.

United Arab Emirates (UAE): UAE Customs and Port Operations will be closed for 4 hours for prayers on the first day of Eid and will be fully operational at all other times (working on overtime/rotation basis) but EHS & UAE Ministry of Defense (MOD) will be closed during the holidays. MOD will stop receiving MOD requests for approval. This will have a negative impact on both C-17 and commercial flights arriving to Al Maktoum International Airport.

With regards to the air portion, there will be no potential impact on the operations during the Eid Holiday. General Dubai World Center (DWC) Airport operations could be slowed to include delay in obtaining EHS Inspection and MOD processing due to low manpower in observance of the holidays. UAE Government sector normally gets a 10-day holiday including the weekends. Only the custom documentations/MOD applications will be effected during this period.

Jordan: Port operations will stop on the first day of Eid and resume normally the next day. Import and export cargo can be staged or loaded directly on trucks en-route to the inland points during Eid except for the first day of Eid as stated above. General Headquarters (GHQ) Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) and International Affairs will be closed during Eid. No Customs Memos will be processed.

Inland transportation will not be affected; they will only stop for breakfast. For Wash Rack Ops – washing would be at 0730 till 1500, and resume at 2100 until 0600 next day. Commercial Seaport will start at 0600 until 1500 and resume at 2100 until 0500 the next day. No delays at the airport except for the breakfast time. These timings apply for all operations (loading, discharging, washing, loading/unloading the trucks, etc.).

Oman: Customs department will be closed from 8–14 Sep 16. Vessel and cargo movement will carry on as usual.

Kuwait: Port will be closed for 1-2 days with no delivery nor receipt of cargo. Vessel operations will be normal. Customs will be closed as per Ministry’s declaration.

Customs related formalities for new shipments will be on hold until customs re-open after Eid. No delays/issues in dispatching import cargo as long as there is an approved AK-302 and no customs issues or sudden closure of port due to security reasons. Carriers shall submit Bill of Lading (B/L) to US Government (USG) at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival to prevent delays in processing AK-302.

Containers in transit will be held at the closest port/yard/safe place during Eid holiday.

Iraq: Port operations will stop on the first day of Eid and resume normally the next day with skeleton staff and expected delays in operations. Customs and State Agency will be closed during the holiday. Normal operations and customs office will resume work on 16 Sep 16.

Vessel movement will carry on as usual. Delivery might be possible for cleared cargo depending on availability of trucks.

Bahrain: Terminal/Port Operations will have normal working hours however the customs service might be intermittent and other related services/ documents can be delayed.

Qatar: Port and Customs office will be closed the first day of Eid and will be fully operational at all other times (working on Overtime).

Saudi Arabia: Local government agencies including customs will be closed. Trucking will continue on a very slow phase provided the clearance has been completed prior to the holiday. Otherwise, trucking will commence after the holiday but still on a very slow phase for a week or two.

Egypt: During Eid, vessel movement will continue. Customs office will be closed. Export cargo arriving at the port during the holiday can be gated in. Terminals will take 1-2 days off.

Customer Advisory: Impacts of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr

Please be advised that Ramadan will tentatively begin at sundown on June 6th, 2016 and end on July 5th, 2016. The actual dates will depend upon the time of the official sighting of the new moon. Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, is celebrated for 3-4 days, with actual dates varying for each country depending on the region. Movement of cargo will continue during Ramadan at a lower velocity due to reduced schedules and observed reduced office hours. Cargo movement will stop during Eid due to Customs Office and border closures in CENTCOM.

The table below outlines the Maersk Line office closures per country for the holidays:

Holiday schedule

Advisory – Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr

Please take note of the following for the West Central Asia region:

Monday June 6th, 2016: Holy Month of Ramadan Begins

During the Holy Month of Ramadan it is expected that operations and clearances in the West Central Asia region will be slowed or delayed due to the reduced working hours. As all Government offices will close by 1400 daily, there will be delays. We also expect that transporters, vendors, etc. will also follow suit and that no inland movements will take place after 1400, which in essence means in most countries if movement hasn’t begun by 1200, then it will be planned for the next day. While we do also expect that the terminals will experience slowdown, it has been advised that during the Holy Month of Ramadan that operations will continue as normal with a few added break times. The 595th OCCASWA team and 831st/840th Battalions have all been updated on the dates and potential slowdown of movement. The Maersk offices will also be closing at 1430 during the month, however the US Flag Support Team – Bahrain will continue to support the business remotely after 1430.

Wednesday July 6th, 2016: Eid Al Fitr Begins; Ramadan Ends

On or around July 6th, Ramadan is expected to end (dependent on moon cycle) and Eid Al Fitr holidays will begin. All offices (Government and Private) will be closed through these holidays, and can expect that no clearances or movement will take place. In certain areas/Government offices the officials may begin earlier than this date and end later. Expectation is that it will be difficult to get much of anything done during Week 28, and in Afghanistan, this may run into Week 29. Terminal operations will continue as needed during the holidays.

06/06/2016 – 06/07/2016 (?): Holy Month of Ramadan
06/07/2016(?) – 09/07/2016 : Eid Al Fitr

The US Flag Support Team – Bahrain will be on holiday 07/07/2016 & 07/07/2016 and returning to the office on 10/07/2016.

Thank you.

Eid Al Adha Holiday Impact

Military Surface Deployment and Distribution

Customer/Carrier Advisory

September 03, 2015

CA-15-09/08-0104

Subject: Eid Al Adha Holiday Impact on CENTCOM AOR Cargo Shipments

Purpose: To inform the shipping community of the disruption of cargo movement expected to occur during Eid Al Adha Holiday.

Be Advised: Eid Al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, the second of two major religious festivals celebrated by Muslims, will tentatively begin on 23 Sep 2015 and end on 25 Sep 2015. The actual dates may vary in each country depending on the region.

IMPACT ON CENTCOM AOR:

Pakistan (PAK GLOC): Eid Holidays will be observed in Pakistan for 3 days as declared by Government of Pakistan, depending on moon sighting. During these holidays, Customs, Borders and all Port operations are closed for 3 days with no work observed. For the transportation and movement, there will be no movement as the truck drivers usually leave for their hometowns or villages to celebrate Eid 10 days prior and are anticipated to return 7 days after Eid holidays.

During these days import cargoes will remain at the port. Dispatches of import cargo from port to Afghanistan will resume beginning 7 days after the holiday. Truck availability will remain short during the first week after Eid and is expected to be back to normal operations on or after 02 Oct 2015.

Afghanistan: Government offices in Afghanistan will close 2 days prior to Eid and will remain closed for 10 days to include the border crossing points, with limited to no cargo movement. Documentation/Customs teams will remain active until 21 Sep 2015 and close during Eid and re-open after Eid holiday.

On-ground movement is anticipated to be affected from 21 Sep 2015 and will resume by 02 Oct 2015. During this time there will be no intra-Afghanistan trucking so there will be delays on cargo dispatch. Truck placement at bases will stop 5 days prior to Eid. Dispatches from Afghanistan to Pakistan will stop from South (Chaman) 10 days prior to Eid. Dispatches from Kabul to Kandahar (APPF dependent highway) will also stop

10 days prior to Eid (and vice versa). Any cargoes arriving from Pakistan during holidays will be staged at Carrier Holding Yard (CHY) facilities.

Import cargo already en-route will be stored at a secure holding yard. Multimodal cargo that is flown into Afghanistan will be held at the airfield until trucking resumes. Cargo will be flown into Afghanistan on schedule and will not be staged in the UAE.

Export cargo will also be held at the FOB until trucking resumes. Cargo already en route will be stored at a secured holding yard. Multimodal cargo at airbases will be flown to and dispatched as scheduled taking into account Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) being closed and subject to MOD being approved

United Arab Emirates (UAE): UAE Customs and Port Operations will be open (working on Overtime/Rotation basis) but EHS & UAE Ministry of Defense (MOD) will be closed during the holidays. MOD will stop receiving MOD requests for approval. This will have a negative impact on both C-17 and commercial flights arriving to Al Maktoum International Airport.

With regards to the air portion, there will be no potential impact on the operations during the Eid holiday. General DWC airport operations could be slowed to include delay in obtaining EHS Inspection and MOD processing due to low manpower in observance of the holidays. UAE Government sector normally gets a 9-day holiday including the weekends. Only the Custom documentations/MOD applications will be affected during this period.

Jordan: The operations will stop on the first day of Eid and resume normally the next day. Import and export cargo can be staged or loaded directly on trucks en-route to the inland points during Eid except for the first day of Eid as stated above. GHQ JAF and International Affairs will be closed during Eid. No Customs Memos will be processed.

Inland transportation will not be affected; they will only stop for breakfast. For Wash Rack Ops – washing will be at 0730 until 1500, and resume at 2100 until 0600 the next day. Commercial Seaport will start at 0600 until 1500 and resume at 2100 until 0500 the next day. No delays at the airport except for breakfast time. These timings apply for all operations (loading, discharging, washing, loading/unloading trucks, etc.)

Oman: Maximum of 1 or 2 days delay can happen for all operations.

Kuwait: Shuwaikh operations – no delays/issues in dispatching import cargo as long as there is an approved AK302 and no customs issues or sudden

closure of port due to security reasons. Carriers shall submit B/L to USG at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival to prevent delays in processing AK302.

Shuaiba operations – will be closed for Eid holidays and Friday, 25 Sep 2015 until KGL and customs reopens. Containers in transit will be held at the closest port/yard/safe place during this holiday.

Iraq: All offices including customs will be closed during the holiday. All operations will be stopped during Eid.

Qatar: Customs will be closed the first day of Eid, 23 Sep 2015.

Saudi Arabia: Local government agencies including customs will be closed. Trucking will continue on a very slow phase provided the clearance has been completed prior to the holiday. Otherwise, trucking will commence after the holiday but still at a very slow pace for a week or two as volume for clearance has piled up at customs.

Egypt: During Eid, navigation will be free for vessels. Customs will cease and export cargo can be gated in. Terminals will take 24 to 36 hours holiday.

Bahrain: Terminal/Port Operations will have normal working hours however no delivery can be made during Eid as Customs will be closed.

Yemen: No operations during the holiday.

Northern Distribution Network (NDN): No operations during the holiday. Import cargo arriving during the holidays will be staged at port/border, customs and the customs clearance process will be completed after the end of the holiday. Export cargo that is en-route can be staged in the nearest holding yards and will be dispatched as soon as the holidays end.

SDDC POC: Questions should be addressed to the 595th Transportation Brigade at Comm +973 1785-6740, DSN 318-439-6740 or email correspondence to 595TH TB OCCASWA Chiefs/QA Org boxes: usarmy.bahrain.sddc.list.occaswachiefs@mail.mil; usarmy.bahrain.sddc.list.occaswaqa@mail.mil

Expiration: 30 October 15