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Ports & Terminals — By on March 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Qatar, Doha – Port berth plan for naval exhibition
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging in Benoi Basin
  • Australia, Port Hedland – Strong Wind Warning
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Coal Terminal Operations Guidelines

DATE: March 12, 2012 – COUNTRY: Qatar – PORT: Doha Port berth plan for naval exhibition

A conference and exhibition will be held in Doha Port from 25 to 29 March. Accordingly, the following berths will be occupied: – Berths 1 to 4 – Berths 7 to 9

The container terminal berths No.10 & 11 and berth No.5 will be operational and will accommodate the calling vessels on a ‘First to Arrive, First to Serve’ basis.

For information about operations in Qatar contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com

DATE: March 12, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Dredging in Benoi Basin

From 13 March to 13 August 2012, dredging works will be carried out at Benoi Basin.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.33 of 2012 dated 12 March, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – off Sungei Pandan, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • Q1) 1° 17.882’N / 103° 40.924’E
  • Q2) 1° 17.903’N / 103° 40.921’E
  • Q3) 1° 18.021’N / 103° 40.906’E
  • Q4) 1° 18.180’N / 103° 40.886’E
  • Q5) 1° 18.529’N / 103° 40.842’E
  • Q6) 1° 18.556’N / 103° 40.893’E
  • Q7) 1° 18.546’N / 103° 40.938’E
  • Q8) 1° 17.915’N / 103° 41.018’E
  • C1) 1° 17.768’N / 103° 41.037’E
  • C2) 1° 17.758’N / 103° 41.017’E
  • C3) 1° 17.733’N / 103° 40.963’E
  • C4) 1° 17.723’N / 103° 40.943’E

Dredging works will be carried out by a crane barge which will be held by spuds. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges.

During the operation, the crane barge will be attended by a tug boat. The tug boat will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22( Jurong Control); and (e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: March 12, 2012 – : Australia – PORT: Port Hedland – Strong Wind Warning

A Strong Wind Warning is in force for waters from Port Hedland to Northwest Cape.

According to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Western Australia’s Northern Coastal Waters Forecast for Western Australia issued at 4:25 pm WST today (12 March), a tropical low lies offshore northwest of the Pilbara coast. A trough extends down the west coast.

WALLAL TO CAPRE PRESTON: Strong Wind Warning west of Port Hedland.

Monday until midnight: E/NE winds 18/23 knots increasing to 25/33 knots west of Port Hedland. Squalls to 50 knots possible near thunderstorms. Seas 2.0m to 3.0m. Swell 1.5m to 2.0m.

Tuesday: E/NE winds 18/23 knots reaching 25/33 knots west of Port Hedland. Squalls to 50 knots possible near thunderstorms. Seas 2.0m to 3.0m. Swell to 1.5m.

Wednesday: E/NE winds 18/23 knots easing to 15/20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1.5m to 2.0m. Swell to 1.5m.

Thursday: E/NE winds 18/23 knots.

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

DATE: March 12, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Kembla Coal Terminal – Operations Guidelines

Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) has advised of the following amendments to their Operations Guidelines to assist vessels with speedy turn-around and avoiding delays:

16. STOWAGE 16.3 The Maximum Allowable Hatch passes is one full hatch pour (single pour) followed by two pours per remaining hatches in addition to two final trim passes. Trim passes will not load less than 100 tonnes per hold. 16.4 The Shipper will engage a Marine Surveyor to review the stowage plan to ensure the optimised ‘Cargo Stowage Plan’ is developed.

20.1 Vessel Loading Performance (VLR): To support VLR, the following additional guidelines are recommended: a) The Shipper, at their cost, will engage a Marine Surveyor to attend the loading of each vessel and to provide assistance to the Master from the commencement of the loading pass immediately prior to the interim draft survey through to the completion of the loading of the vessel. b) The interim draft survey should be less than 20 minutes

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

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