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Ports & Terminals — By on March 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Kingdom, Aberdeen – Update on gas leak incident at Elgin platform in North Sea
  • Singapore, Singapore – Repairs at Wharf 6, Shell Terminal, Pulau Bukom
  • Australia, Melbourne – Easter working period

DATE: March 28, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Kingdom – PORT: Aberdeen – Update on gas leak incident at Elgin platform in North Sea

Total has advised that a gas leak occurred on 25 March at the wellhead platform on the Elgin gas field in the UK North Sea approximately 240 km east of Aberdeen.

In its press release dated 27 March on its website (http://www.total.com/en), the company states:

QUOTE…. Total immediately launched internal emergency procedures and Crisis Management Teams have been mobilized in Aberdeen and Paris. The gas leak at the Elgin wellhead platform remains ongoing.

238 personnel have been evacuated onshore, and no injuries have been reported. Production on the Elgin, Franklin and West Franklin fields is fully stopped.

All necessary measures are being taken to respond appropriately to the situation and to minimize its impact. Investigations are ongoing to analyze the causes and to determine the remediation of the gas leak. Total is actively monitoring the situation with standby vessels in the area.

A surveillance aircraft flown over the area has confirmed a sheen on the water in the vicinity of the platform. This sheen is related to drilling muds and/or light condensate associated to the gas representing a volume estimated today at about 30 m3. Preliminary assessments indicate no significant impact to the environment and dispersants are not considered necessary at this stage. Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) has been alerted and is currently evaluating the situation.

Total’s UK-based affiliate Total E&P UK Limited is cooperating fully with all relevant authorities including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Total will continue to make regular updates of the situation…. …UNQUOTE.

For information about operations in the UK North Sea contact GAC Shipping (UK) at agency.aberdeen@gac.com

DATE: March 28, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Repairs at Wharf 6, Shell Terminal, Pulau Bukom

From 1 April to 30 September, repairs will be carried out at Wharf 6, Shell Terminal, Pulau Bukom.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.40 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • A) 01° 14.178’N / 103° 46.172’E
  • B) 01° 14.200’N / 103° 46.194’E
  • C) 01° 14.106’N / 103° 46.311’E
  • D) 01° 14.067’N / 103° 46.300’E

Construction of the jetty will entail piling, concrete works and construction of dolphins deck. Piling and concrete works will be carried out by crane barges. Work barges will be deployed for the transportation of construction materials. Marine surveys will be carried out on completion of construction works.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn 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 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 68; and e) Communicate with West control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: March 28, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia-  PORT: Melbourne -Easter working period

Patrick Terminals have advised of the working programme over the forthcoming Easter 2012 period at its East Swanson Dock, as follows:

Good Friday (6 April): – Normal vessel working – Receival and Delivery closed

Easter Saturday (7 April): – Normal vessel working – Receival and Delivery 0600 to 1500

Easter Sunday (8 April): – Normal vessel working – Receival and Delivery closed

Easter Monday (9 April): – Normal vessel working – Receival and Delivery subject to demand

Tuesday 10 April: – Normal arrangements

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

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