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Inland Waterways, Ports & Terminals — By on February 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – River closed after collision and oil spill
  • United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Safety Zone:  LMR MM 135 to MM 140
  • Singapore, Singapore – Mooring/unmooring of vessels at buoys in Banyan Basin
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Widening works for Tai Lam Bridge, Tuen Mun Road
  • Brazil, all ports – Filipino crew may again enter Brazil with Seaman’s Book
  • Ecuador, all ports – National Holiday

DATE: February 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Mississippi River, – Louisiana River closed after collision and oil spill

The Lower Mississippi River was closed from MM 135-140 AHOP today (17 February) due to a vessel collision and subsequent oil spill.

The collision is reported to have involved two towing vessels, the ALYDAR and the CLARENCE W SETTOON, each pushing one barge. One of the barges is reported to have suffered damaged to a small crane onboard, which is leaking oil.  Early estimates are 100 BBLS.

Investigations are underway and more information should be forthcoming in due course.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: February 17, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Mississippi River, – Louisiana Safety Zone:  LMR MM 135 to MM 140

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, has established a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River, Above Head of Passes, from MM 135 to MM 140.

This safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with a vessel collision and subsequent oil spill in the waterway.

All vessels are prohibited from entering this safety zone unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or designated representative.  Only vessels involved with the response effort are permitted within the safety zone.  All other vessels requesting permission to enter or transit through this safety zone are required to contact the Vessel Traffic Service.  The Vessel Traffic Service (call sign “New Orleans Traffic”) can be reached on VHF Ch. 5A.

Failure to comply with the safety zone will subject persons to a civil penalty of up to thirty-two thousand five hundred dollars.  Willful violation of this order may be punishable by the fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Marine Safety Information Bulletin Volume XII, Issue 15, dated 17 February 2012

DATE: February 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore Mooring/unmooring of vessels at buoys in Banyan Basin

The reclamation of Ayer Merbau, Jurong Island, commenced on 16 Jul 11 and will be completed by 15 Jul 12. During this period, bulk carriers,   self propelled barges and pusher tugs and barges in  composite unit carrying bulk sand will be transiting  the Banyan Basin, Selat Pandan, Sinki Fairway to Ayer Merbau reclamation project area. Mariners shall keep a proper lookout for these vessels and navigate with extra caution when in the vicinity of the mooring buoys off Bayan Basin, Jurong Island.

A maximum of one bulk carrier will be moored at the mooring buoys at any one time. The mooring and unmooring of vessels will be carried out in the daylight hours (0630 to 1800hours) during the period of reclamation work.

Masters of harbour craft shall proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution when approaching the vicinity of Ayer Merbau and its vicinity.

The following buoys will be laid on 17 Feb 12 and will be removed  upon completion of the reclamation.

WGS 84 Datum BBB 1) 01° 15.352’N / 103° 41.587’E        Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.2s. BBB 2) 01° 15.170’N / 103° 41.641’E        Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.2s.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.20 of 2012 dated 17 February 2012

DATE: February 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Widening works for Tai Lam Bridge, Tuen Mun Road

For approximately 13 months, widening works for the Tai Lam Bridge, Tuen Mun Road will be carried out within the area enclosed by a straight line joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) (A) and (B) and the adjacent shoreline: (A) 22º 21.783’N / 114º 00.850’E (B) 22º 21.517’N / 114º 01.067’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter and one hopper barge. One tug will assist in the works from time to time.

A working area of approximately 50 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 lighter.

The works will be carried out from 0700 to 2300 hours daily. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.25 of 2012

DATE: February 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Brazil – PORT: all ports – Filipino crew may again enter Brazil with Seaman’s Book

According to information from Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Republic of the Philippines has ratified the Convention 185 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

As a result, Seaman’s Books of seafarers issued by the Government of the Philippines should be accepted in Brazil, hence resolving recent problems at some Brazilian ports with the movement of Philipino crew members.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at brazil@gac.com

DATE: February 17, 2012 – COUNTRY: Ecuador – PORT: all ports  – National Holiday 

As 20 & 21 February are a National Holiday in Ecuador, most public services will be closed. Ports and terminals will work normally during these days.

Skeleton staff at our office will attend to port operations and e-mails will be checked on a regular basis.

For further information, please contact GAC-Ultramar Ecuador at:  gacultramarnetwork.ecuador@gac.com

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