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Canals, Ports & Terminals — By on February 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  •  Russia, Novorossiysk – Hurricane-strength winds affecting port operations
  •  Hong Kong, Hong Kong-Withdrawal of Light Buoy off Hong Kong International   Airport 
  •  Panama, all ports – Road blocks and demonstrations

DATE: February 07, 2012 COUNTRY: Russia PORT: Novorossiysk Hurricane-strength winds affecting port operations

The Port of Novorossiysk is closed, bunkering at roads is cancelled and clearances at roads are postponed due to hurricane-strength winds.

The severe weather, which is expected to continue for the next few days, is affecting operations at all terminals at the port.

Two Gale Warnings are in force, rooves are being blown off houses and the vessels are colliding at roads.

By tomorrow (8 February) morning, the winds are expected to be 40-45 m/sec, and 50 m/sec by the evening. On the morning of 9 February, NE winds of 30-35 m/sec are expected, with further decreasing in the evening to 20-25 m/sec. On 9 February, wind speeds and sea swell will decrease to normal levels.

However, on the morning of 13 Febnruary, an increase in the south wind is expected, with gusts up to 20 m/sec.

For information about operations in Novorossiysk contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

DATE: February 07, 2012- COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong Withdrawal of Light Buoy off Hong Kong International Airport

With effect from 9 February 2012, the light buoy “MCT 2” at position (WGS Datum) 22° 18.950’ N 113° 56.833’ E will be withdrawn.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.18 of 2012 dated 6 February 2012

DATE: February 07, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: all ports Road blocks and demonstrations

Since Tuesday last week, scattered road blocks have been set up on the Pan-American Highway by indigenous people demonstrating against mining and hydroelectric plant projects in western Panama near the Costa Rican border.

On Sunday morning (5 February), riot police used force to disband the road blocks with one indigenous person confirmed dead by gunshot. As a result, yesterday (6 February) several other road blocks have been set up in Panama City, Colon, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro.

The demonstrations in Colon blocked the Trans-Isthmian Highway causing a massive traffic jam, which turned violent when riot police arrived.

There have been a few delays – but no cancellations – to Panama Canal transits, as this is the highway pilots use to get to Cristobal to board transiting vessels.

For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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