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Ports & Terminals — By on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island * Australia, Port Hedland – Tropical Cyclone Lua update (15 March 2012) * Mexico, Pajaritos – Port dues increased

DATE: March 15, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Soil investigation at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island

From 15 March to 15 April, soil investigation works will be carried out at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.32 of 2012, the works will be conducted between 0700 and 1700 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following marine borehole co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • BH-1) 1° 17.139’N / 103° 41.940’E
  • BH-2) 1° 17.182’N / 103° 41.968’E
  • BH-3) 1° 17.198’N / 103° 41.989’E
  • BH-4) 1° 17.239’N / 103° 42.035’E
  • BH-5) 1° 17.129’N / 103° 42.002’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using the jack up barge “SIPL 1”. A work barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats will be used for shifting the barges from one borehole location to another. The shifting of the barges will be carried out during daylight hours only. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.

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 safety zone of the barges; (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 15, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Hedland – Tropical Cyclone Lua update (15 March 2012)

According to the Tropical Cyclone Advice No.6 issued at 3:01pm WST today (15 March) a Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to Mardie, including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Bidyadanga including Broome, and the eastern inland Pilbara including Newman and Telfer.

At 2:00 pm WST Tropical Cyclone Lua, Category 2 was estimated to be 670 km north northwest of Karratha 750 km northwest of Port Hedland moving east southeast at 4 km per hour.

Lua has moved slowly over the last few hours but should accelerate to the southeast during Friday and early morning Saturday, towards the east Pilbara coast. Lua is expected to intensify into a severe tropical cyclone tonight and remain severe through to landfall.

Gales are not expected in coastal areas today or overnight, but gales are expected to develop during Friday or early Saturday between Mardie and Bidyadanga as the cyclone approaches the coast.

Very destructive winds with wind gusts in excess of 170 km per hour are expected to develop in coastal areas near the centre of the cyclone during Saturday. Gales are expected to extend to coastal areas between Cape Leveque and Bidayadanga during Saturday and then to inland eastern Pilbara areas later on Saturday. Heavy rainfall is expected in coastal areas of the east Pilbara and west Kimberley during Thursday and Friday.

DAMPIER The Dampier/EII berths are currently open and some vessels are scheduled to be part-loaded and sail out to sea due to the approaching Tropical Cyclone Lua. Dampier Port Authority has given formal approval to vessels to leave the anchorage for safe passage if necessary to avoid Lua.

PORT WALCOTT Cape Lambert berths are currently open and some vessels are scheduled to be part-loaded and sail out to sea due to the approaching cyclone. Shippers have given formal approval to all vessels to leave the anchorage for safe passage to avoid Lua. Most vessels have already left anchorage and are drifting at safe posiitons to avoid the forecast bad weather around the Pilbara region.

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

DATE: March 15, 2012 – COUNTRY: Mexico – PORT: Pajaritos – Port dues increased

Beginning from today (15 March 2012), port dues at Pajaritos Port and Coatzacoalcos (City berths) have been increased as follows:

PAJARITOS PORT

PORT DUES: Fixed tariff – Until 14/03/12: MX$ 17, 325.00 – From 15/03/12:  MX$ 18, 191.25 Plus variable (per GRT) – Until 14/03/12: MX$ 3.66 – From 15/03/12:  MX$ 3.92 – % increase: 7.10%

DOCKAGE DUES: Per berthed hours per metre of vessel LOA – Until 14/03/12: MX$ 5.78 – From 15/03/12:  MX$ 6.07 – % increase: 5%

COATZACOLACOS (CITY BERTHS)

PORT DUES: Fixed tariff – Until 14/03/12: MX$ 17, 325.00 – From 15/03/12:  MX$ 17, 325.00 Plus variable (per GRT) – Until 14/03/12: MX$ 3.13 – From 15/03/12:  MX$ 3.29 – % increase: 5.11%

DOCKAGE DUES: Per berthed hours per metre of vessel LOA – Until 14/03/12: MX$ 5.78 – From 15/03/12:  MX$ 6.07 – % increase: 5%

The above tariffs do not include 16% V.A.T.

For information about operations in Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

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