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Ports & Terminals — By on April 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Worldwide – Tsunami alert after 8.7 earthquake
  • United States, Houston, Texas – Ship channel reopened
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Withdrawal of light buoy
  • Singapore, Jurong Port – Area survey off Jurong Island
  • Australia, Hay Point – Coal mines strikes in Hay Point region
  • Panama, Cristobal – Port workers on strike

DATE: April 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Worldwide -Tsunami alert after 8.7 earthquake

A tsunami alert was issued after an 8.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra at 14.38 local time (08.38 GMT) today (11 April). It was later cancelled after the threat was judged to have diminished.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency is reported to have said power was down in the country’s Aceh province and people were gathering on high ground as sirens warned of the danger.

Tremors were felt in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India and Bangladesh.

For information about operations in affected countries, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com

DATE: April 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Houston, Texas Ship channel reopened

The removal of a submerged dredge pipeline on the Houston Ship Channel from Light 78 to Light 82 is complete. The Houston Ship Channel is now re-opened to all traffic.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: April 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Withdrawal of light buoy

From 11 April 2012, the light buoy [off Hong Kong International Airport] at the following position (WGS 84 Datum) will be withdrawn.

Name : Weather 3 Position : 22° 19.198’N / 113° 57.667’E

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.49 of 2012 dated 10 April 2012

DATE: April 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Jurong Port – Area survey off Jurong Island

An area survey will be carried out off Jurong Island from 13 April to 10 May 2012.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.45 of 2012, the works will be conducted between 0900 and 1800 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): 1) 01° 16.119’N / 103° 43.981’E 2) 01° 16.785’N / 103° 43.004’E 3) 01° 15.679’N / 103° 43.870’E 4) 01° 16.077’N / 103° 43.843’E

The survey will involve diving operations. The survey boat, with safety boat in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the diving deployment boat.

Craft involved in the survey 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 68 (Sinki Control); and (e) Communicate with Sinki Control on VHF 68 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Hay Point – Coal mines strikes in Hay Point region

BMA Coal Mine employees will commence another 36 hour stoppage tomorrow evening (12 April) at the seven mine sites, with a possible extension, over continuing EBA negotiations.

BMA today announced they will close Norwich Park Coal Mine in the near future, and will officially advise their customers of the proposed closure date prior to advising the public. Norwich Park has been plagued by continuing rainfall issues affecting production and quality since the floods in 2008.

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

DATE: April 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: Cristobal – Port workers on strike

Workers at the ports of Cristobal and Balboa (operated by Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of Hutchinson Port Holdings) went out on strike yesterday (10 April).

Operations of vessels currently in port, as well as rail operations, are suspended. Container gate-in and gate-out operations are also blocked.

This strike is having impact whatsoever on operations in the Panama Canal.

For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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