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Ports & Terminals — By on April 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Delaware River – Abandoned anchor
  • United Arab Emirates, Mussafah – Poor visibility closes channels
  • Singapore, all ports – Extension of port dues concession for container ships
  • Australia, Melbourne – Port Phillip – Hume Tower refurbishment
  • Australia, Gladstone – Extension of Auckland Point Wharf 4
  • Panama, Cristobal – Port workers end strike

DATE: April 12, 2012  – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Delaware River – Abandoned anchor

NOAA has published an official position of the abandoned anchor in the Breakwater Anchorage marked by Obstn PA.

As the position is approximate, mariners are advised to avoid anchoring anywhere near the charted location.

USCG has replaced “3B” with a smaller can buoy until the regular buoy can be put back on station.

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

Source: Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay alert dated 12 April 2012

DATE: April 12, 2012  – COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates – PORT: Mussafah – Poor visibility closes channels

The Musaffah Channels have been closed due to poor visibility (less than 0.5 metres) since 15:15 hours local time today (12 April).

For information about operations in Abu Dhabi contact NSGAC Abu Dhabi at abudhabi@gac.com

DATE: April 12, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore  – PORT: all ports – Extension of port dues concession for container ships

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will further extend the current 20% port dues concession for container ships calling at Singapore, with port stay of 10 days or less, for another 2 years with effect from 1 Jul 2012 to 30 Jun 2014.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.5 of 2012 dated 11 April 2012

DATE: April 12, 2012 –  COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Melbourne Port Phillip – Hume Tower refurbishment

Mariners are advised that the Hume Tower [at Port Phillip] is to be refurbished and replaced with a new tower.

The Hume Tower light will be extinguished for a period of 5 days from Monday, 16 April to Friday, 20 April 2012 and on completion of the refurbishment work, the light will be restored to its original characteristics.

Mariners are advised Outer Western Channel will be closed for navigation for the duration of works and to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the Heads.

Charts & Publications affected: AUS 144, AUS 158.

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

Source: Vicotrian Notices to Mariners, Melbourne, No.080(T) – 2012 dated 12 April 2012

DATE: April 12, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Gladstone – Extension of Auckland Point Wharf 4

GPC [Gladstone Ports Corporation] is committed to facilitating growth for Central Queensland exports and imports, and as such is undertaking an extension to AP4 to accommodate future vessels. Over the past few years, vessels berthing at AP4 have increased in size with many exceeding the existing wharf length.

16 April to 15 June 2012 – Removal of Capstan at Barney Point End Capstan will be removed to allow pile driving for wharf extension. During this time, mooring patterns for vessels will need to be adjusted to suit. For vessels approximately 160 LOA or larger will require approval by RHM and Pilots to ensure safe Mooring for the duration of visit.

All vessels berthing at either AP3 or AP4 during this time may be affected and delays may be experienced as vessels at AP4 may impact on vessels at AP3.

All Agents are requested to nominate vessels early and ensure accurate information is provided regarding ETA and expected discharge sequence. If unsure about discharge sequence or have questions relating to berthing restrictions, mooring patterns or expected berthing times, please contact GPC Shipping as per normal.

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

Source: Port of Gladstone notice

DATE: April 12, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: Cristobal – Port workers end strike 

Workers at the ports of Cristobal and Balboa (operated by Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of Hutchinson Port Holdings) reached an agreement late last night (11 April) and the strike has ended.

The ports have now returned to normal operations.

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

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