HOT Port news from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on July 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Subaqueous stone paving
  • United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Salvage Ops on Mississippi River Mile Marker 209
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Coal mine expansion

DATE: July 02, 2012  – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana Subaqueous stone paving

Luhr Bros Inc. is placing subaqueous stone at Mile 60 RDB for approximately 60 days beginning on or around June 28, 2012.

The contractor will work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The plant consists of an anchor barge and various stone barges. The M/V Twyla Marge and Megan Dawn can be reached on VHF channels 13, 16, or 72.

Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and pass with caution.

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

DATE: July 02, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana Salvage Ops on Mississippi River Mile Marker 209

There will be ongoing salvage operations of the M/V LUNGA POINT in the vicinity of the Plaquemine Lock, Mile Marker 209 LMR, RDB beginning Friday, June 29, 2012.

Salvage operations will take place during daylight hours until operations are complete.

This should not affect safe navigation.

All vessel traffic is requested to maintain the slowest safe speed to minimize wake when transiting the area until operations are complete.

While the salvage operation is taking place, mariners may check-in with the M/V MICHAEL L on VHF channel 13, 16 or 67 or via telephone at (832)622-2885.

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

Source: Marine Safety Bulletin Volume XII, Issue 70

DATE: July 02, 2012  – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Kembla Coal mine expansion

Illawarra Coal, are subsidiary of BHPB will invest A$840 million to extend its West Cliff mine at Appin.

According to reports, the 3.5 million tonne expansion will ensure that Illawarra Coal’s overall production at the site remains steady at 9 million tonnes per year. The project includes roadway development, new ventilation infrastructure, new and reconfigured conveyors and other mine services.

Most of the coal at West Cliff will have been extracted by 2016 so the new Area 9 replacement area is necessary to allow the mining to continue. Appin Area 9 will be operational in 2016 and will replace production at the West Cliff Mine.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gacworld.com

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