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Ports & Terminals — By on February 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • South Africa, all ports – Container tariffs increase from April 2012
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Temporary relocation of Light Buoy
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Laying of Cross Harbour Water Pipeline Laying of Cross Harbour Water Pipeline
  • Australia, Hay Point – Strike at mines * Ecuador, Balao Terminal – New Tariff Rates

DATE: February 10, 2012 COUNTRY: South Africa PORT: all ports Container tariffs increase from April 2012

Transnet Port Terminals have advised that it will increase container tariffs for Container and Ro-Ro, Breakbulk and Agricultural Terminals by 8% with effect from 1 April 2012.

The following differentiated tariff increases are applicable: – Storage: 5% – Empties containers: 5% (imports & exports only) – Reefer surcharge: 10% (this is the 2nd of a 3-year phase-in program to absorb electricity increases).

For information about operations in South Africa, contact GAC South Africa at southafrica@gac.com

DATE: February 10, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong  -Temporary relocation of Light Buoy

With immediate effect and for a period of approximately six months, the light buoy “YMT 1” is temporarily relocated about 100 metres northward to facilitate the laying of cross harbour water pipeline from West Kowloon to Sai Ying Pun.

The new position (WGS 84 Datum) of the light buoy is: 22 deg. 18.106’N / 114 deg. 09.063’E

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

DATE: February 10, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Laying of Cross Harbour Water Pipeline Laying of Cross Harbour Water Pipeline

With immediate effect and for approximately five months, marine works involving back-filling, diving operations and sounding surveys will be carried out within the works area bounded by the shore and straight lines joining the following co-ordinates

(WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to (E): (A) 22 deg. 18.094’N / 114 deg. 09.258’E (B) 22 deg. 17.437’N / 114 deg. 08.535’E (C) 22 deg. 17.420’N / 114 deg. 08.345’E (D) 22 deg. 18.255’N / 114 deg. 09.259’E (E) 22 deg. 18.255’N / 114 deg. 09.292’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including three derrick lighters. One tug, two guard boats and one motor boat will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 65 metres around the derrick lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

Diving Operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of works.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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.20 of 2012 dated 9 February 2012

DATE: February 10, 2012- COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Hay Point – Strike at mines

BMA employees at coal mines in the Bowen Basin for the Hay Point Region will strike action from 1200 hours on 15 February to 1200 hours on 22 February.

The only unaffected mines will be Poitrel and South Walker, as they are under the BMC banner, but they are still having production issues.

Employees at Hay Point Coal Terminal, which is solely operated by BMA, will continue to work.

The terminal is trying to rail as much cargo in as possible before the strike action starts. Depending on how much the terminal can receive between now and then, shipping may be affected at some stage.

As BMA also exports a percentage of their product through Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, shipments loading BMA cargo there may also be affected.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: February 10, 2012 – COUNTRY: Ecuador – PORT: Balao Terminal New Tariff Rates

Tariff rates have been increased for the oil terminals of Balao, La Libertad and Salitral with effect February 2012.

For information about operations in Ecuador, contact GAC-Ultramar Ecuador at gac-ultramarnetwork.ecuador@gac.com

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