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Ports & Terminals — By on March 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Singapore, Singapore – Construction works at Keppel Shipyard
  • Australia, all ports – Trolpical Cyclone Lua update (14 March 2012)

DATE: March 14, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Construction works at Keppel Shipyard

The working period has been revised for construction works being carried out at Keppel Shipyard.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.34 of 2012, the works are now being conducted between 0700 and 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 14 March to 13 September, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • 1) 01° 17.802’N / 103° 40.702’E
  • 2) 01° 17.771’N / 103° 40.670’E
  • 3) 01° 17.681’N / 103° 40.757’E
  • 4) 01° 17.727’N / 103° 40.861’E
  • 5) 01° 17.830’N / 103° 40.761’E

Construction of the pier extension will entail piling, concrete works, casting of dolphins and installation of bollards. Piling works will be carried out by the piling barge “Antara Koh PB= III”.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the construction works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.

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 & navigate with caution;
  • (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 22(Jurong Control); and
  • (e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: March 14, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: all ports – Tropical Cyclone Lua update (14 March 2012)

Tropical Cyclone Lua is continuing to move slowly north away from the coast. However, it is expected to turn towards the coast again tomorrow (15 March).

According to the Priority Tropical Cyclone Advice No.2 issued at 3:25pm WST on today (14 March), a Cyclone Watch is current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Mardie.

At 2:00 pm WST Tropical Cyclone Lua, Category 1 was estimated to be 680 km northwest of Karratha, 790 km northwest of Port Hedland, and moving north at 15 km per hour away from the coast.

Although Lua is currently moving north, it is likely to take a more southeasterly track towards the east Pilbara coast and intensify during Thursday and Friday.

DAMPIER EII berth is unaffected and is loading normally

Parker Point Rio Tinto are currently berthing vessels at Parker Point. At this stage ships are berthed at Nos.2, 3 & 4.

PORT WALCOTT Two vessels are currently alongside at berth 2 & 3, berth 1 & 4 remain vacant. Conditions are being monitored to assess if it is suitable to berth the next vessel. Vessels at Port Walcott anchorage have been allocated departure times and vacating of the anchorage is currently underway.

PORT HEDLAND Operating as normal.

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

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