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GENERAL (See Plan) Procedure for Granting of Pratique:

1. The radio request should be sent not more than 18 hours and not
less than 4 hours before the expected time of arrival.
2. The message should be addressed to the shipping agent, who will
GEO-POLITICAL: inform the Medical Officer of Health (Port) of the contents of the
Capital City: Bridgetown. message.
Nationality: (noun) Barbadian, (adjective) Barbadian or Bajan (colloquial). 3. The Medical Officer of Health will inform the shipping agent whether
Population: 284,589. or not pratique is granted, and the shipping agent will inform the
COMMUNICATIONS: Master, by radio, of the decision.
International Direct Dial Code: 1-246. 4. The Medical Officer of Health will inform the officer on duty at the
Number of Internal Airports: 1. signal station whether or not radio pratique has been granted, and
Major Languages Spoken: English. the officer on duty at the signal station will inform the Berthing Master
ECONOMY: and the Public Health inspector of the decision of the Medical Officer
Currency: 1 Barbados Dollar (BBD) of 100 Cents. of Health.
Exchange: (as of March 2010) 5. The Berthing Master on boarding a ship that has been granted radio
US$ 1.00 ␦ BBD 2.01 pratique will authorise lowering of ‘‘Q’’ flag, if still flying.
BBD 1.00 ␦ US$ 0.50 6. The Berthing Master on boarding a ship that has not requested radio
Exchange rates under licence from XE.com pratique will inquire as to the presence of any illness in the ship; if
Main Industries: Tourism, sugar, light manufacturing and component there is no illness, he will grant pratique in his capacity of visiting
assembly for export. officer, and will ensure that the ‘‘Q’’ flag is lowered.
ENVIRONMENT: 7. If radio pratique has been refused or if the Berthing Master is informed
Territorial Sea: 12 n.m. that there is illness in the ship, the ‘‘Q’’ flag must be kept flying and
Other Maritime Claims: Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 n.m. the Public Health inspector will board the ship, and if satisfied will
Coastline Extent: 97 km. grant pratique; if he is not satisfied he will refer the matter to the
Climate: Tropical; rainy season (June to October). Medical Officer of Health (Port).
Natural Resources: Petroleum, fish and natural gas. 8. Disembarking passengers (not passengers in transit) and any crew
Natural Hazards: Infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides. members being signed off will be kept segregated on the ship until
Terrain: Relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region. their vaccination certificates have been inspected by the Public Health
Average Temperatures: inspector.
Month High Low 9. No person except the Berthing Master, the Public Health inspector,
January 28␥ C 21␥ C the Medical Officer of Health or the Immigration officer will be permitted
June 30␥ C 22␥ C to board a ship before pratique has been granted. The granting of
September 28␥ C 22␥ C pratique is indicated by the lowering of the ‘‘Q’’ flag.
HOLIDAYS: 1 January (New Year’s Day); 21 January (Errol Barrow Day); From the foregoing it will be seen:
Good Friday; Easter Monday; 28 April (National Heroes Day); 1st Monday ⌻ that healthy ships will be granted pratique either by radio or by the
of May (Labour Day); Whit Monday; 1st Monday in August (Kadooment Day); Berthing Master
1 August (Emancipation Day); 30 November (Independence Day); ⌻ that ships with any illness on board will be granted pratique by the
24 December (Christmas Eve); 25 December (Christmas Day); 26 December Public Health inspector or the Medical Officer of Health
(Boxing Day). ⌻ that the Public Health inspector will board a ship for the following
reasons only:
a) when radio pratique has not been granted and the Berthing
Master cannot grant pratique
BRIDGETOWN: 13␥ 06' N 059␥ 38' W (See Plan) b) to inspect vaccination certificates of disembarking (not in-transit)
passengers and signed off crew members
LOCATION: On the SW corner of the island, on the NW side of Carlisle ⌻ that to avoid misunderstanding and delay the ‘‘Q’’ flag must be lowered
Bay. as soon as pratique is granted.
CHARTS: BA Chart No. 2485. 10.A ship with disembarking passengers may be granted pratique and
Admiralty Chart No. 502. permitted to work e.g. load or unload cargo, provided that
DOCUMENTS: disembarking passengers are kept segregated on the ship until
1 Animal Declaration List vaccination certificates have been inspected and immigration
1 Bill of Lading formalities completed.
1 Clearance from Last Port
2 Crew Effects Declarations PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION: ETA to include name and nationality
8 Crew Lists of Master, number and nationality of crew. Name of last and following ports
1 Derat(Exemption) Certificate of call and quantity and grades of cargo to be discharged, if any.
1 Load Line Certificate VHF: Barbados Radio on Channels 16 and 26. Barbados Port Inc on
2 Manifests Channels 12 and 16.
1 Maritime Declaration of Health TUGS: Two tugs ‘‘Barbados’’ and ‘‘Pelican II’’, 1,700 h.p. and 4,600 h.p.
5 Passenger Lists respectively. Two tugs for vessels of 20,000 n.t. or over, and one tug for
1 Safety Certificates vessels of 10,000 n.t. or over or LOA 167.64 m. The tug will meet the ship
4 Ship Particulars at the entrance to the harbour. For vessels under LOA 167.6 m. with bow
2 Ship Stores Lists thrusters the tug will be optional.
1 Ship’s Register BERTHS: The harbour is dredged to 9.75 m. (LWOS) and was constructed
1 Vaccination Report on Crew by joining Pelican Island to the Mainland by reclamation, providing 702 m.
1 Vaccination Report on Passengers. of quay space and 829 m. of protective breakwater, and offering berths for
Vessel should be entered within 24 hours and articles deposited in Shipping eight ocean-going vessels. All berths are equipped to supply fresh water,
Office if staying longer than 48 hours. bunker fuel and telephone service.
Immigration: Vessels of LOA 244 m. are permitted in the Deep Water Harbour, LOA
1 Passenger List: (a) in-transit; (b) landing 293 m., if fitted with bow thrusters.
1 All disembarking passengers must fill out an E/D Card Berth Length Width Depth LOA Draft Remarks
1 Crew List, and if necessary, Crew Landing List No. (m.) (m.) (m.) (m.) (m.)
ISPS COMPLIANCE: Barbados Port Inc is ISPS compliant. 1 152 23.0 9.75
MAX. SIZE: LOA 293 m., draft 11.6 m. 2, 3 366 15.0 11.00
DENSITY: 1025. 4 184* 24.0 11.00 205 11.0 Containers
Breakwater 522† 9.3 11.50 Passengers
RESTRICTIONS: Bridgetown Deep Water Harbour offers 24-hour service 307‡ 11.50 Bulk sugar,
to ships with draft up to 11.0 m.
Tankers: May enter and leave any stage of tide, day or night, except Oistin 172 10.0 Crude oil
Needham’s Point where daylight berthing only. Needham’s Point 12.19** 198 11.6 Crude oil
PILOTAGE: Compulsory for all vessels entering Bridgetown Harbour, Esso Jetty 16.76** 244 11.6 Crude oil
except in cases of warships where pilotage is optional. Agents of vessels Esso Oil Pier 244 11.6 Crude oil
intending to visit the port are required give ETA as early as possible and to Shallow Draft 156 15.2 6.80 6.7 Inter-island
submit details on Form A in accordance with the Barbados Harbour’s vessels
Regulations, 1961, and in advance of the vessel’s arrival. Notification of arrival Bulk Facility dolphins 11.50 183
and request for services on Saturday should be known to the Harbour Master Black Rock 122 7.5
by 1100 hrs. local time on the previous Friday if there is to be no delay. Spring Garden 103 4.9
Notification of arrival and requests for services on Sundays should be made * 215 m. with dolphins ** at MLW
known to the Harbour Master by 1200 hrs. on the previous Friday if there is † outer arm ‡ inner arm
to be no delay.
Pilot Station: Located 0.8 km. west of Fairway Buoy (Admiralty Chart BULK FACILITIES: Grain: The bulk unloading facility of Barbados Mills
No. 502). There is no alternative station in bad weather. Usual Jacob’s ladder Limited is primarily used for wheat, corn and soyabean meal. It consists of
in good condition should be rigged on port side of vessel when approaching a 6-storey workhouse, 14 Lippe-type metal silos each with a capacity of
the harbour. 1,000 tonnes and a 669 sq.m. flat storage warehouse of re-inforced concrete
Signal for pilot boat – International Code Letter ‘‘G’’ by day. Blue light by capable of receiving and storing 2,400 tonnes.
night. Call VHF Channel 12. Two pilotage vessels, (power driven launches) The dock consists of a 557 sq.m. apron on steel piling with four breasting
approximate LOA 10 m., painted blue, white and gold. dolphins of similar construction in line with the end of the dock and parallel
Also see ‘‘Tanker Facilities’’. to the shoreline. There is a lightweight steel catwalk between the dolphins
ANCHORAGES: Quarantine Anchorage as indicated Admiralty Chart and the dock apron.
No. 502. Explosive anchorage as indicated on chart. Carlisle Bay Anchorage. Grain enters the terminal by means of a 762 mm. wide covered conveyor
PRATIQUE: Pratique may be obtained by radio or from Pilot or Health belt running 68.5 m. to the workhouse where it is cleaned of tramp metal,
officer on arrival. In case of suspected disease Port Doctor should be notified sticks, dust, etc. and weighted before being directed to one of the silos or
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The conveyor belt has a capacity of 200 t.p.h. and is equipped with one Load/ Discharge
tonne hopper mounted dockside over the belt to accommodate Grade Handled Pipeline Length Rate Hoses
self-discharging vessels. In addition the facility has a drag conveying system (in.) (ft.) (t.p.h.) (in.)
for conventional bulk vessels and an electrically driven portable suction Bunker C 1␺16 2000 400 1␺8
system that can be used separately or in conjunction with the drag system Marine Diesel 1␺12 2000 270 1␺8
Diesel powered skid steer tractors with buckets are used for clean-up of Diesel/gasoil 1␺8 2000 150 1␺8
the holds. Deep-water Harbour Oil Pier: Max. LOA 244 m., max. draft 9.14 m., depth
Sugar and By-Products: All sugar from Barbados’ three sugar factories at MLW 9.75 m. Vessels berth either side alongside.
is transported to the Bulk Sugar Terminal at the Bridgetown Port in special Fuel and fresh water available. No facilites for receiving dirty ballast.
trucks with bins, which are the property of Sugar Transport Limited. Max. Pressure 100 p.s.i.
The Bulk Sugar Installation at the Bridgetown Port has a capacity of Also see ‘‘Berths’’, ‘‘Restrictions’’ and ‘‘Shipmaster’s Report’’ dated
81,284 tonnes and is 171 m. long with a width at floor level of 43 m. January 1990.
The Bulk Sugar Installation has been in operation since 1961, and is CRANES: 1␺40 tonne gantry crane and 1␺104 tonne mobile crane.
serviced by a fleet of 27 sugar trucks with bins. STEVEDORES: Gangs must be ordered before 1500 hrs. on day
Barbados Molasses Terminal has a capacity of 11,356 cu.m., and this is preceding date of arrival and 1000 hrs. on Saturday for Sunday or following
stored for local consumption and export. There is a storage charge from Monday. Average rate of cargo discharged:
1 July to the start of the following crop. Bag stuff, 22 tonnes (weight) per hour.
The storage tank has a capacity of 20,000 tonnes, and is presently leased General cargo, 20 tonnes (weight) per hour.
to the United Molasses Company of England which is a subsidiary of the Ships specially equipped for handling palletised cargo, 30 t.p.h.
Tate & Lyle Group of Companies for handling T/S molasses within the Average rate of loading of cargo: general cargo 20 tonnes; bag stuff
Caribbean region. 18 tonnes.
Barbados Fancy Molasses is owned and operated by Jason Jones Ltd, WASTE DISPOSAL: Collection service available. Skips provided
DaCosta & Musson Ltd, Plantations Trading Co Ltd and Evelyn Roach Ltd. alongside. Arrangements through Agent or Barbados Port Authority,
There is a capacity of 14,006 cu.m. of which 99.5% is for export and the Tel: +1 (246) 430 4700. Charges on application. Normal collection time
balance for local consumption. 0730 – 1630 hrs. Collection outside normal time at overtime rate. Barbados
Facilities: Storage shed capacity 81,284 tonnes. Port Inc has an incinerator.
Sugar is delivered from the factories in 7 tonne containers fitted to road SLOPS DISPOSAL: Collection service available using tanker truck.
lorries. It is carried by conveyor belt to four towers housing the ship Arrangements made through agent. No special berth for this service. Service
outloaders. provided by Barbados National Terminal Co Ltd. Tel: +1 (246) 228 4811.
These towers, which are 38 m. apart, each carry a 18.25 m. cylindrical MEDICAL: Agents should receive notice of required medical attention as
boom, with 1.65 m. conveyor belt, which can be raised and lowered like a soon as possible. Modern 800-bed hospital. Private clinics and usual medical
crane jib and can be slewed through an arc of 80␥. A high speed thrower is facilities available.
suspended in the hold of the ship from a telescopic chute at the end of each
boom. FRESH WATER: Easily available. Delivery 20 t.p.h. per hose. Delivery
by hosepipe through hydrants installed in each berth.
During shipment a loading rate of 500 tonnes/hr. can be maintained through
one outloader or this loading rate can be distributed between two or three FUEL: Modern bunkering facilities are supplied by Esso Standard Oil on a
outloaders if necessary. 24-hour basis, with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. This may be done through
The conveyor system enables sugar to be recirculated within the store if an Esso branch in the previous port of call. Bunkering alongside at the bunker
desired. When a ship is loading at the same time as sugar is being received, pits, which are supplied with Bunker C fuel, marine gas oil and marine diesel
however, the freshly delivered sugar must go direct to the ship mixed with oil. A blend of Bunker C and diesel intermediate fuel can also be supplied,
additional sugar from store. as well as marine lubricants. Small yachts and schooners can also be
bunkered, and at the Esso Bay Street Jetty, fishing boats and pleasure craft
CONTAINER FACILITIES: The container terminal consists of the can be supplied with diesel fuel. Loading and discharge facilities consist
following: mainly of an 8 in. pipeline for gas oil, a 12 in. pipeline for marine diesel and
a) container berth a 16 in. pipeline for fuel oil. These pipelines run underground for
b) two container sheds (CFS) approximately 1 km. from the Bridgetown Port to a bulk terminal at Holborn,
c) container park Fontabelle. Pumps located at the terminal are used for deliveries to the port.
The terminal is geared to handle 75,000 container movements annually. The speed of delivery to the Bridgetown Port varies widely depending on
The North Gate facilitates the free movement of containers to and from the size of the vessel being bunkered. Pumps are rated to deliver from a
the port. minimum of 25 t.p.h. to a maximum of 300 t.p.h.
The container control office directs the movement of the eight container There are 16 refuelling points along the berth of the Bridgetown Port. These
handling units in the delivery, receiving and spotting of containers by means permit any vessel with a maximum draft of 9.6 m. to be refuelled at any point
of UHF communication equipment. within the port.
Storage: The container sheds (CFS) have a floor area of 8,898 sq.m. and CHANDLERY: The Barbados Port Authority operates two tugs and one
are used for the storing of cargo to be stuffed into containers or for cargo heavy duty launch which may be used when requested by Agents for
unstuffed from containers. transporting to super-carriers, stores and crews. Service available on
An engineering workshop ensures that equipment at the terminal is readily 24-hours basis and notice required.
available and that downtime is kept to a minimum. The cost of tug hire is BBD 600.00 per hour plus 15% VAT and that of the
launch is BBD 150.00 p/hr. plus 15% VAT.
The container park can accommodate a total of 3,600 containers in lane
Ships can lie safely on 182 m. depth at a distance of 2 miles west of the
stacked positions (two high).
signal station.
The full container park can stack 960 containers, the empty container park Ship chandlers available:
can stack 1,500 containers and the transshipment park can stack JLT Supplies, West Bury New Road, St. Michael, Barbados
1,300 containers (two high). Hanschell Inniss & Company Limited, Kensington, Fontabelle,
Space for 320 additional boxes (full) has been provided (two high). St. Michael, Barbados
Equipment: Eight straddle carriers and two reach stackers in operation, Stanfield Scott & Company Limited, Spring Garden Highway,
handling fully laden 40 ft. containers. Tractor trailer units handle the St. Michael, Barbados.
movement of containers. DRY DOCK: Small dry dock: 73.15␺14.02␺3.96 m.
1␺40 ton gantry and 1␺104 tonne Liebherr mobile cranes. SURVEYORS: Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas, ABS, NKK, GL and Det
Also see ‘‘Berths’’. Norske Veritas.
OTHER FACILITIES: Cold Storage: Cold storage facilities of the port POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: Royal Barbados Police Force.
of Bridgetown are supplied by BICO Ltd, who are sub-contracted by the Tel: +1 (246) 430 7237. Ambulance Service. Tel: +1 (246) 436 6450.
Barbados Port Authority to handle locally consigned and transshipment reefer Barbados Fire Service. Tel: +1 (246) 426 3504. Central Emergency Relief
cargoes, with reefer containers delivered direct according to customer Organisation. Tel: +1 (246) 430 7100. Barbados Coast Guard. Tel: +1 (246)
request. 427 8819.
The facility abounds the harbour perimeter and has four receiving doors. TIME: GMT minus 4 hours throughout the year.
4␺20 ft. reefer containers may be stripped simultaneously or 2␺20 ft. and HOLIDAYS: 21 January (New Year’s Day, Errol Barrow Day), Good Friday,
2␺40 ft. containers. The receiving rate is in excess of 350 tonnes per day. Easter Monday, 28 April (Heroes Day), 1st May (Labour Day), Whit Monday,
Storage capacity is 2,100 tonnes frozen (␤18␥C), 300 tonnes chilled cargo 1 August (Emancipation Day), Kadooment Day – Crop Over Festival
(+2␥C). (1st Monday in August), 30 November (Independence Day), Christmas Day,
Cargo movements are effected by seven Clark 1.5 tonne capacity forklift Boxing Day.
trucks. CONSULS: Consulates, Embassies and High Commissions:
Power supply is guaranteed by ring circuit feed supplemented by standby Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, PR of, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark,
generator. There are 96 reefer points available. Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel,
TANKER FACILITIES: Vessels arriving during darkness for Needham’s Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, USA and Venezuela.
Point Terminal should anchor in Carlisle Bay. Services of a Pilot are not TELEPHONES: All berths equipped with telephone lines.
compulsory but a Pilot must be taken to berth and unberth. Daylight berthing NEAREST AIRPORT: Grantley Adams International Airport, 21 km.
only. BANKS: The following international banks service Barbados:
Oistin: Submarine discharge. Max. LOA 172 m., max. draft 10 m. Barbados Development Bank
Barbados National Bank
Needham’s Point: Mobil Oil Barbados Ltd. Multi-buoy mooring max. LOA Bank of Nova Scotia
198 m., max. draft 11.6 m., depth at MLW 12.19 m. Nature of bottom sand Bank of Butterfield
on coral. Daylight berthing only. Vessels may berth and unberth any stage First Caribbean International Bank
of tide. No fuel or dirty ballast facilities. Fresh water available by tug. Product Royal Bank of Canada
handled, crude oil. Sealine taken aboard on starboard side. One 12 in. Citibank NA
(30 cm.) pipeline, length 498.35 m. connected to 1␺10 in. hose. Pumping RBTT Bank of Barbados.
rate 300 t.p.h., max. pressure 50 p.s.i. Main offices are located in Bridgetown. Service hours: 0800 – 1500 hrs.
Esso Standard Oil SA Ltd: Two berths. Monday to Thursday; 0800 – 1730 hrs. Fridays.
Esso Jetty outside breakwater: T-head finger jetty; max. LOA 244 m., CUSTOMS: Two packages or 100 cigarettes per person. Wines and spirit
max. draft 11.6 m., depth at MLW 16.76 m. Vessel berths port side alongside. allowance at discretion of Customs officer.

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BARBADOS Bridgetown
SHORE LEAVE: Allowed. Berth: See BA Chart No. 502. The vessel moors to three buoys. Two lines
REPATRIATION: Facilities for crew changes available. are sent to a buoy on the port bow, one line is sent to a buoy on the port
quarter and another line is sent to a buoy on the starboard quarter. The
IDENTIFICATION CARDS: Desirable for entrance to port from shore starboard anchor is used with three shackles in the water.
The mooring is sheltered from easterly winds.
SEAMAN’S CLUBS: None. Loading: The ship’s port manifold should be prepared for receiving an 8 in.
DEVELOPMENTS: The port is undergoing a reform and expansion hose which lays on the sea bed and is marked by an orange marker buoy.
project to be completed in 2015. The line handles aviation jet fuel to the nearby shore tanks. Ships can pump
SHIPMASTER’S REPORT: October 1989 (Updated 2000) to a maximum pressure of 8 Bar.
Documents: On completion of discharge the tanks are gauged ashore, this takes about
4 Cargo Manifests 2 hours.
2 Crew Manifests Night-time pumping and sailing are permitted.
2 Stores Lists Cargo operations are co-ordinated with Shell/Texaco on VHF Channel 9.
1 Unmanifested Cargo. General: Clearance: Vessels can only clear inward during daylight hours.
Officials and oil company representatives board the vessel at the Documentation is same as for Spring Garden (see ‘‘Shipmaster’s Report’’
anchorage on arrival. dated October 1989).
An oil company representative boards the vessel at the berth and accepts Mooring boat: The mooring boat will run the crew ashore and back to the
the Notice of Readiness. He also boards prior to departure for signing of ship. Call on Channel 9 for service.
quantity discharged and issues clearance. AUTHORITY: Barbados Port Inc, University Row, Bridgetown,
The bond was not sealed. Barbados. Tel: +1 (246) 430 4700. FAX: +1 (246) 429 5348.
Pilotage: Compulsory. Pilot boards at anchorage. On occasions, small Email: administrator@barbadosport.com Contact: Leonard Morris,
vessels are allowed to unberth without a Pilot if moored at Spring Garden. Divisional Manager, Operations. E Walters, General Manager. R Alleyne,
Approaches: The Shell/Texaco offshore mooring is at Spring Garden, which Harbour Master.
is just north of the main harbour, next to the power station, which is
conspicuous. The grain silo near the main breakwater is also conspicuous.
Anchorage: Tankers waiting for clearance should anchor in the explosives
anchorage which is just north of the main breakwater.
We anchored in Carlisle Bay with the Careenage Breakwater light bearing
053␥ at a distance of 0.3 miles, depth 12.0 m. This anchorage is safe but the
port authorities do not like tankers mooring here as this is too close to the
A new fishing harbour has been constructed in the northern part of Carlisle
Bay which is west of the town.
Channel: Vessel approached the berth through a channel marked by four
buoys. These buoys are lit when required. The buoys are liable to shift but
are promptly reset in position by the oil company.
Restrictions: No night berthing permitted, vessels are permitted to unberth
through 24 hours.
Max. Size: Draft at Spring Garden is 5.0 m. LOA 100 m. Beam
approximately 25.0 m.
Radio/VHF: Barbados Radio (8PO). Barbados Port Department on
Channels 16 and 12, but were difficult to raise.
Tugs: Tugs stand-by on arrival and departure but are generally not used.
Berthing: Vessel moored with three shackles on the port anchor and a
starboard bow line to a buoy. Lines were sent from each quarter to two buoys.
Vessel berthed head out.
A small boat is used to run lines to the buoys and will also be used for
connecting the hose. The boat is also available for running crew ashore but
there is a charge for this service so it is best to use the ship’s lifeboat.
The maximum permitted wind force for berthing is Force 5. The wind is
generally from offshore and is generally calm to slight.
Berth: Spring Garden Buoy Mooring: The mooring is designed for vessels
with a stern discharge line which can be connected to the undersea line
which goes ashore at the power station. This undersea line has a 3 in. flange
and is connected at the water’s edge by the boatman. At the time of our
visits (October, November and December), the undersea line was under
repair. This did not create any difficulties as all local LPG and product vessels
have their own hoses. Normally, the undersea line is picked up by the vessel’s
stern crane/derrick. Pumping is permitted 24 hours when using the undersea
lines but daylight only pumping is permitted when using the floating hose,
which is best taken back aboard at night.
The pumping rate is about 300 bbls./hr. There is no night pumping for
kerosene or LPG. When using the floating hose, vapour is pumped to clear
Shell have a surveyor locally and also provide a radio. Texaco do not have
a surveyor locally and use one of the ship’s portable radios for
General: It is a 30 minute walk along the beach to Bridgetown where
telephone calls may be made via Cable and Wireless.
There are plenty of hotels and beach/water sports immediately to hand.
If arriving at around 0600 hrs., the vessel may be delayed if cruise ships
are arriving at the same time, in which case the vessel may not be berthed
until 0800 – hrs. or 0900 hrs. (later in November we were delayed until
0930 hrs.).
On departure in mid-afternoon we were delayed 3 hours and we requested
permission to unberth without a Pilot but this was not granted.
When near the Explosives Anchorage keep a careful lookout for the
‘‘Atlantis’’ Tourist submersible, which is sometime in the area.
The Shell tanks have a capacity of 200 tonnes.
Provisions may be obtained from Goddard’s Supermarket which is near
the Esso station. The supermarket is 35 minutes’ walk and prices of imported
items are high.
Berth: Oistins Bay.
Anchorage: Vessels anchor at Bridgetown Explosives Anchorage for
clearance (BA Chart No. 502).
If request made to Port Control, vessel may anchor east of the breakwater
Occasionally a backswell off the breakwater may be running, making it
difficult for Customs officers and officials to board.
The anchorage in Oistins Bay is 3.5 cables northwest of Kendal Point or
4.5 cables southwest of the fishing jetty.
Pilotage: Pilotage is available throughout 24 hours and is compulsory for
berthing. The pilot boards in Bridgetown Anchorage from the pilot boat
‘‘Clarence Lewis’’ which has a blue hull and white superstructure. The time
for transit to Oistins Bay is about 45 minutes.
Max. Size: LOA 150 m., draft 8.5 m.
Tugs: One tug is required to standby when berthing at Oistins Bay but not
required for sailing. Tug comes from Bridgetown.

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