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Curacao: Emmastad Refinery

A description of the Emmastad Refinery is contained in the current edition of the "Ports of Curacao -- Directory of Information" published by the Curacao Ports Authority, to which reference should be made.

1. PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Prior to arrival at the Emmastad Refinery the Master shall send the completed "PRE-ARRIVAL QUESTIONNAIRE" to the Refinery or Terminal via his agent.

2. PILOT STATION

Pilotage is compulsory and rendered day and night. Pilots are supplied from Willemstad.

For the Emmastad Refinery the pilot boards 1 mile SW of the entrance to the Sint Anna Baai.
Whilst awaiting the pilot, a vessel should heave-to 3 to 4 miles SW of the entrance.

Defects of engines, steering gear, anchor gear and other defects which influence maneuvering abilities of the vessel must be reported to the harbour master before entering.

In the vicinity of Curacao, the currents are generally W - going and set strongly round the points. Along the SW coast the current may attain rates from 2 to 3 knots. A weaker current may occasionally set E against the prevailing wind. At certain times of the year, a strong current can be expected setting towards Kaap Sint Marie and a counter current in Bullenbaai.

3. COMMUNICATIONS

For the Emmastad Refinery vessels should call in on VHF Channel 19 "Isla Loading Department" for exchanging pre-arrival questionnaire information and berthing time, thereafter the vessel should report in on VHF Channel 12 to "Fort Nassau Traffic Control" for the time of the pilot.

Vessels awaiting berth should listen in on VHF Channels 12 and 19. The first choice working channel for the pilots is VHF Channel 14.

Vessels awaiting berth should listen in on VHF Channel 11. The working channel for the pilots is VHF Channel 9.

Once alongside, the Refinery or Terminal representative on duty can be contacted on: VHF Channel 19 or Telephone # 3561 or 3562 at Emmastad

4. MINIMUM ENTERING/SAILING DRAUGHTS FOR VESSELS IN BALLAST

EMMASTAD REFINERY

GROSS REGISTERED

FORE

AFT

TONS

METERS

FEET

METERS

FEET

Below - 11000

3.05

10

4.88

16

11000 – 15000

3.35

11

5.49

18

15000 – 19000

3.96

13

5.79

19

19000 – 25000

4.27

14

6.10

20

25000 – 29000

4.57

15

6.40

21

29000 – 35000

5.18

17

7.01

23

35000 – 43000

5.49

18

7.32

24

43000 – 45000

5.79

19

7.62

25

45000 – 47000

6.10

20

7.62

25

47000 – 50000

6.40

21

7.92

26

50000 – 55000

6.71

22

8.53

28

55000 – 60000

6.71

22

8.84

29

60000 – 65000

7.01

23

9.14

30

65000 – 70000

7.01

23

9.45

31

Above - 70000

7.32

24

9.75

32


Any deviation from the above minimum draught regulations to be approved by the harbour authorities via the agent. The harbour regulations concerning draughts mentions that vessels, in the ballast condition, not to be trimmed more than 0.61 meters/2 feet by the bow or more than 3.05 meters/10 feet by the stern.

For  departing  vessels  the  master is to  decide  on  minimum  draughts subject to pilot being able to safely disembark.

The harbour regulations concerning draughts mentions that vessels, in the ballast condition, arenot to be trimmed more than 0.61 meters/ 2 feet by the bow or more than 3.05 meters/10 feet by the stern.

5.   JETTY PARTICULARS

EMMASTAD REFINERY

JETTY

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Max. LOA

Meters

177

175

175

236

259

228

170

259

259

259

 

Feet

580

575

575

775

850

750

560

850

850

850

Min. LOA

Meters

-

-

-

110

175

110

-

200

87

110

 

Feet

-

-

-

360

575

360

-

655

285

360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max. Draught

Meters

8.23

9.14

9.30

11.58

13.71*

11.43

9.45

13.71*

10.21

6.40/9.45

 

Feet

27

30

30.5

38

45*

37.5

31

45*

33.5

21/31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max .Arrival displacement

KMT

25.5

25.5

25.5

54

100

54

25.5

100

40

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max. Manifold height

Meters

10.5

11.5

11.5

13

14

12.5

12.5

15

10.5

14

Min. Manifold height

Meters

-

4.0

4.0

-

-

3.0

2.7

5.8

2.5

-

Maximum draught at jetties #5 and 8 is restricted to 12.80 meters/42 feet owing to draught restriction in the Sint Anna Baai.  

6.  MINIMUM  MOORINGS

EMMASTAD REFINERY

Vessels of DWT 50,000 m.t. and above are to have a minimum number of mooring lines of 3.2.2 both forward and aft, or 4.2 both forward and aft, depending on the number of mooring points ashore.

Vessels of DWT 15,000 up to 49,999 m.t. to have a minimum number of mooring lines of 2.2.2 both forward and aft, or 4.2 both forward and aft, depending on the number of mooring points ashore.

Vessels of DWT 14,999 m.t. and below are to have a minimum number of mooring lines of 3.2 both forward and aft, with 2.1.2 both forward and aft on jetties #2 and 3.

PART B 

FIRE AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

In an emergency at the refinery or terminal, the alarm will be given by the sound of a siren. (Every first Monday of the month at 13.00 hours a fire alarm will be sounded for testing purposes).

1.   FIRE ASHORE OR ON BOARD ANOTHER VESSEL

      - Await instructions from the loading department.

2.   FIRE ON BOARD OR IN THE VICINITY

      - Sound a succession of blasts on the ship's whistle

      - Contact the loading department by telephone or VHF channel "19" Emmastad and VHF channel "11" Bullenbaai

      - Stop all operations in cooperation with the loading department and close all manifold valves

      - Fight fire and prevent fire from spreading

      - Bring engines to stand-by and prepare ship for departure

      - Disconnect hoses or arms

      - Generally the refinery fire brigade and a senior member of our refinery staff will be at the scene and will assist the vessel in combating the fire. The shore may not be held liable for any damages arising from assistance given to vessels.

3.   STATE OF READINESS OF VESSELS ALONGSIDE

      - Immobilizations of engines and/or repairs are not permitted unless agreed by the loading department in writing.

      - The following fire fighting precautions must be taken:

              a.   at least two fire hoses, fitted with jet/fog nozzles, to be run  out and ready for use;

              b.   fire mains must be under pressure;

              c.   an international shore connection shall be available on the vessel's fire main near the gangway;

              d.   dry chemical extinguishing equipment of minimum 20 Kg capacity must be stationed at the ship's manifold.

4.   SMOKING REGULATIONS

     -  On shore, smoking is strictly prohibited on jetties or refinery/terminal areas.

     - On vessels, smoking is strictly prohibited except in two, or maximum three, approved places.

     - For approved places see the "Notes of guidance on the selection of approved places" shown on the back of the Refineria Isla (Curaçao) S.A. smoking notices.

     - Smoking on board of your vessel is only allowed in the following places:

            a. __________________________________  

            b. __________________________________

            c. __________________________________

5.   POLLUTION

      - Any air and/or water pollution is prohibited (harbour regulations).

      - Any leakage or spillage has to be reported immediately to the loading department.

6.   SMALL CRAFT ALONGSIDE

      - Small craft and barges are not allowed alongside the vessel during cargo, ballast, gas freeing or tank cleaning operations unless authorized by the loading department and agreed by the master.

      -  Lifeboats may not be swung out, unless agreed to by the loading department.

      -  Lifeboats may not be launched, unless agreed to by the loading department and permission given by Fort Nassau Traffic Control.

7.   SHIP'S STORES

      EMMASTAD REFINERY

      - Storing may only take  place   before  or   after  cargo,  ballast,   gas  freeing   or tank cleaning operations. The only exceptions are when vessel is  closed  loading or   discharging   with   the  cargo  tanks  in  the  inert condition  and  vessel  is  using  a  hydraulic crane, or, when vessel  is  handling   asphalt and luboils only cargoes.

      - Vessel may not use the crane or derrick if it crosses the loading arms or loading hoses.

      - When using a dumb barge, the loading of stores should be done in the poop area, if the vessel has a stores crane aft, and not the midships cargo deck area. Stores shall not be handled in the cargo deck area when loading asphalt.

      - Storing by hand is allowed at all times. 

8.   PORTABLE TELEPHONES

        Persons  carrying  portable   telephones   must   switch   these   off  when   not  in  a  vehicle  and  transiting the refinery/terminal areas and jetties or outside the accommodation area on board the vessel.

9.   EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN

      - If the vessel is loading and it is necessary to manually initiate an emergency shut down the jetty system will be used.

      - If the vessel is discharging, the vessel's system must be used. This is in order to protect hoses and arms from unnecessary stresses/surges that could rupture them and thus worsen any emergency.

 THE VESSEL MUST NOT SHUTDOWN AGAINST THE SHORE AT ANY TIME

10.    VESSEL'S FITTED WITH AN INERT GAS SYSTEM

       - All crude and product carriers of DWT 20,000 m.t. and above must be inerted for all grades except asphalt and luboils.

      - All product tankers between DWT 10,000 and 19,999 m.t. must be inerted for all grades with a flash-point of 60 degrees Celsius and below.

      - For vessels loading, non gas-free cargo tanks may not be inerted alongside. Gasfree cargo tanks may be inerted but not concurrent with cargo loading.

      - For vessels discharging, head-spaces may not be inerted alongside.

11.     FLEXIBLE “U” BENDS

      - Vessels may not use flexible hoses to bridge cargo manifold connections with the exception of vessels loading luboils or discharging chemicals.

 

 

        NOTHING IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RELIEVE MASTERS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IN OBSERVING THE NORMAL SAFETY, FIRE PREVENTION, AND SECURITY REGULATIONS.