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Ports & Terminals — By on May 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Norway, Kristiansand – Pilots on strike
  • United States, Delaware River – Safety Zone for Memorial Day fireworks
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Fleet Week
  • Singapore, Singapore – Construction of pontoon facility at West Coast Base

DATE: May 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Norway PORT: Kristiansand Pilots on strike

Pilots in Oslofjorden have gone on strike and traffic that requires pilot services will be halted, except ships with Pilot Exception Certificate (PEC).

Other ports are also affected by the strike, including Kristiansand and Moss harbours. Borg harbour will be on strike from 00:00 hours tomorrow (25 May).

Brevik and Larvik ports are not on strike.

Oslo Country borough and Oslo port are continuing arbitration, and is therefore still not on strike.

For information about operations in Norway contact GAC Norway at norway@gac.com

DATE: May 24, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Delaware River – Safety Zone for Memorial Day fireworks

The US Coast Guard will establish a safety zone within the Delaware River North of the Ben Franklin Bridge in the vicinity of the Sugarhouse Casino from 9:30pm until 10:30pm on 26 May.

The Sugarhouse Casino will be sponsoring a Memorial Day fireworks event that evening.

Mariners are advised to adjust transit times accordingly and use caution when transiting the area.

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

DATE: May 24, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: New York, NewYork – Fleet Week 

The United States Coast Guard, New York Sector, has issued general information and restrictions for the Hudson River and Upper Bay during Fleet Week/OPSAIL (23-30 May).

NAVAL VESSEL PROTECTION ZONE (NVPZ) & SAFETY ZONE: All naval vessels have a 500 yard Naval Vessel Protection Zone around them. This zone is in effect AT ALL TIMES except when the naval vessel is moored in a restricted area. When within this 500 yard zone, all vessels shall operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain course and shall proceed as directed by the Coast Guard or Navy. No vessel or person is allowed within 100 yards of naval vessels without permission of the Captain of the Port.

In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the Fleet Week Parade of Ships including all waters 500 yards ahead and astern and 200 yards on each side of the column of vessels.

Other law enforcement agencies will assist the Coast Guard in maintaining the NVPZ and safety zones.

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

DATE: May 24, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Construction of pontoon facility at West Coast Base

The working period has been extended for works to construct a pontoon facility at West Coast Base.

As per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.70 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 1 June to 30 November, within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • A) 01° 17.517’N / 103° 45.588’E
  • B) 01° 17.473’N / 103° 45.661’E
  • C) 01° 17.504’N / 103° 45.679’E
  • D) 01° 17.548’N / 103° 45.606’E

The construction works will entail piling works and installation of floating pontoons to the driven piles and gangways.

A crane barge will be used for the installation of pontoons. The crane barge used in the project works will be shifted by a tug operating in pusher mode.

Safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration 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 VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and

(e) Communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on Channel 25 for assistance, if required.

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

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