Yangon River Change in Draft Restrictions

Please be informed that Myanmar Port Authority has officially announced change of draft restriction effected from 1st July 2020 as below;

Yangon outer bar(for Thilawa ports)maximum permissible draft: 9.5M
Yangon inner bar(for Yangon inner ports)maximum permissible draft: 9.3M

Previous draft restriction
Yangon outer bar(for Thilawa ports)maximum permissible draft: 9.0M
Yangon inner bar(for Yangon inner ports)maximum permissible draft: 9.0M

Above draft restrictions are also subject to daily tide availability for vessel berthing arrangement.

Cruise Vessel Crew Repatriation

Ben Line Agencies is providing agency services for crew repatriation of cruise vessels.


Ben Line Agencies Indonesia is currently assisting various cruise vessel operators with the repatriation of their Indonesian crew. These operations are being handled in Jakarta and Bali, involving close co-operation with all related government authorities to ensure the safe and efficient return of the crew to their home towns.

For further information on this or any Indonesia matters, please contact daniel.pitts@benline.co.id


Ben Line Agencies Philippines is currently supporting 8 cruise ships anchored in Manila from various cruise operators in a major effort to safely repatriate Filipino and international crew members. Ben Line Agencies is providing full range of services to the cruise vessels and the arriving Filipino seafarers both from the airport and seaport of Manila including transfers to quarantine facilities, hotel arrangements and onward transportation to seafarers’ home town / residence.

For more information, please email pas.operation@benline.com.ph

Long Tau Channel Officially Reopens

Long Tau channel, the main access channel for HCMC ports, has officially been re-opened by the HCM Harbour Master.

The operation of the channel had been restricted after the Vietsun Integrity capsized and sank in the channel on the 19th April 2019. Salvage operations have now been completed, and the HCMC Harbour Master has issued Circular No.286/TH-CVHHTPHCM which effectively lifts the channel restrictions.

As such, the general restrictions of Ho Chi Minh City port can be updated as follows:

  • Max DWT: 45,000MTS
  • Max Vessel Actual Displacement: 49,000MTS
  • Depth of Passing Channel: 8.5M to chart datum
  • Max Draft: 10.50m (FW)
  • Max Airdraft: 43.00m
  • Max LOA: 200.00m
  • No night time navigation for vessel with LOA over 195M and/or draft exceeding 9.50m

Ben Line Agencies Vietnam will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as required.

Indonesia Cruise Port Development – Lombok

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia was proud to handle the maiden cruise vessel port call at the new purpose built Gilimas facility in Lombok.

Local Port Authority, Pelindo III, has invested in this facility in order to boost the tourism industry within Lombok. Whilst not yet fully completed, the facility will include new jetty, cruise terminal, as well as commercial facilities and business park for containerized and bulk cargoes.

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia has a wealth of experience in the cruise sector, handling many of the major brands for their vessel operations, port calls, owners matters and regulatory advise for their Indonesian activities.

For further information for any Indonesia matters, please contact daniel.pitts@benline.co.id

Banjarmasin Office wins Customs Award

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia, Banjarmasin branch office, is proud to receive recognition from local customs authority as “Best Agency – Compliance & Legality”. This evaluation is based on all local agencies’ performance during 2019.

Well done to all staff who have contributed to this notable achievement! Ben Line is committed to compliance and fair operations in all areas of our business activity.

For further details regarding any Indonesia matters, please contact daniel.pitts@benline.co.id

Compulsory pilotage for transit Hong Kong Waters to/from YICT and Dapeng LNG Terminals

With effect on 1 January 2020, compulsory pilotage will be required for vessels (dry cargo/passenger vessels over 3000 GT, tankers over 1000 GT) transiting east of Hong Kong waters to and from the area of Yantian Container Terminals and Dapeng LNG Terminals. New pilot stations and channel have been established which is shown on the above map (B.A. Chart number: 4128)

More details are available at the links below.

Further information on transit arrangements, pilot guideline, requirements and calculation of costs will be advised as and when announced by parties concerned.

Ben Line Agencies Hong Kong office is pleased to attend and assist in arranging the transits whenever required. Please send an email to ops@benline.com.hk for further information and assistance.

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Ben Line Agencies handles Indonesian Navy Ship in Phuket

Ben Line Agencies is proud to handle the Indonesian Navy’s KRI Bima Suci during her call at Phuket Deep Sea Port on September 29. This voyage is part of President Joko Widodo’s policy to build closer relations with neighboring maritime countries. The KRI Bima Suci is due to set sail from Phuket on October 2. Her next ports of call are Yangon, Padang, Benoa and Darwin, before returning to Surabaya.

Hong Kong waives port & lights dues for 12 months

The Government of Hong Kong SAR announced a waiver on various fees and charges to support businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, during this challenging economic environment.

One of the measures is to waive port facilities and light dues payable for oceangoing vessels for 12 months. The concession period is from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.

Announcement from Marine Department