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Ports & Terminals — By on March 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Pakistan, all ports – Pakistan Day
  • Pakistan, all ports – Revised Light Dues
  • Singapore, Singapore – Horizontal direction drilling off Tanah Merah
  • Australia, Hay Point – Severe weather update: 22 March 2012

DATE: March 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Pakistan – PORT: all ports Pakistan Day

On Pakistan Day (Friday 23 March), labour will be available at the country’s ports on payment of double wages during the day/night shifts.
GAC Pakistan offices will be closed for the holiday, with a skeleton staff available.
For information about operations in Pakistan contact GAC Pakistan at pakistan@gac.com
DATE: March 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Pakistan – PORT: all ports – Revised Light Dues

The Federal Government of Pakistan has revised the prescribed rate of Light Dues for vessels calling at Pakistani Ports (Karachi Port, Port Bin Qasim, Gwadar Port, Gadani demolition yard) to PKR 7 per NRT (USD 0.0772 per NRT).
The revised Light Dues rate will be applicable from 1 April 2012.
For information about operations in Pakistan, contact GAC Pakistan at pakistan@gac.com

DATE: March 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Horizontal direction drilling off Tanah Merah

The working area and period for horizontal direction drilling off Tanah Merah have been revised.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.37 of 2012, the works are now being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – until 30 March off Tanah Merah, on a route indicated by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): HDD Entry Point/s: 01° 18.664’N / 104° 00.189’E HDD Exit Point/s : 01° 18.542’N / 104° 00.341’E
The Horizontal Direction Drilling will entail drilling works from the HDD Entry Point to the HDD Exit point. Diving operation will be carried out along the route.
A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft to keep clear of the operation.
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 appropriate VHF Channel 12; and
  • (e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: March 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Hay Point  – Severe weather update: 22 March 2012

Following the recent severe weather, below are summaries of conditions at Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay coal terminals.
Hay Point Coal Terminal The terminal will attempt to berth vessels from 1300 tomorrow (Friday 23 March). The terminal is not receiving cargo by rail at this stage and further berthing delays are to be expected. The continuing roll-on strike action by BMA coal mine employees/unions is also affecting production at the mine sites.
Dalrymple Bay Coal terminal The terminal expects to re-berth the vessel ‘Bellemar’ today as the coal is currently available at port stockpiles for this shipment. The terminal is not receiving cargo by rail at this stage and further berthing delays are to be expected.
Railways Railway lines from the mine sites to both terminals are still being inspected after recent weather conditions. The railways could be operating by Saturday (24 March).
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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