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Ports & Terminals — By on March 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Linesmen strike affecting Canal traffic
  • Singapore, Jurong Port – Dredging off oil tanking terminal, Jurong Island
  • Australia, Melbourne – Underwater obstruction at Point Nepean, Port Phillip

DATE: March 26, 2012 – COUNTRY: Germany – PORT: Kiel Canal – Linesmen strike affecting Canal traffic

Traffic in the Kiel Canal will be affected by a strike by linesmen today (26 March), expected to end at 22:00 hours local time this evening. Transits from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea are now possible without any further delays (locks can be passed in Brunsbuettel for outgoing/North Sea bound vessels), but transits from the North Sea to Baltic Sea will not be possible until 22:00 hours.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agents

DATE: March 26, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Jurong Port  – Dredging off oil tanking terminal, Jurong Island

From 28 March to 27 September, dredging works will be carried out off the oil tanking terminal at Jurong Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.38 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • 1)  1° 17.124’N / 103° 43.574’E
  • 2)  1° 17.133’N / 103° 43.573’E
  • 3)  1° 17.267’N / 103° 43.606’E
  • 4)  1° 17.270’N / 103° 43.592’E
  • 5)  1° 17.297’N / 103° 43.599’E
  • 6)  1° 17.288’N / 103° 43.636’E
  • 7)  1° 17.261’N / 103° 43.629’E
  • 8)  1° 17.262’N / 103° 43.624’E
  • 9)  1° 17.131’N / 103° 43.593’E
  • 10) 1° 17.102’N / 103° 43.595’E
  • 11) 1° 17.099’N / 103° 43.585’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredgers “Hayasaka No 6″/”Tairyu Go”, held in position by 4 point anchors. The dredgers, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs. During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats. The tug boats will be used to shift the crane barge and hopper barge, when required to clear the fairway for vessels to berth or unberth. Safety boats will  be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft to keep clear of the working area.

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 of the safety working zone of the dredgers; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel  25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and (e) Communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required. For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: March 26, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Melbourne -Underwater obstruction at Point Nepean, Port Phillip

Mariners are advised an underwater obstruction exists in position 38° 17.90’S / 144° 39.25’E, approximately 500m NNE of Point Nepean. The obstruction is marked by a yellow buoy, with light characteristics Fl Y VQ(3) 5s. Mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution in the vicinity of the obstruction. Charts & Publications affected: AUS 143, AUS 144, AUS 158 A further notice will be issued after relocation of the obstruction. (For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Victorian Notice to Mariners No.066(T) -2012 dated 26 March 2012

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