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Ports & Terminals — By on July 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* United Kingdom, all ports – Heavy rain forecast

* Singapore, Jurong Port – Construction of mooring dolphin at Jurong Port Berth J25

* Singapore, Singapore – Dredging at Gul Basin, off Keppel Shipyard

* Indonesia, Belawan – New port tariff to come into effect

* Panama, Bahia Las Minas – Buoys out of service, night time docking/undocking suspended

DATE: July 06, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: all ports Heavy rain forecast

100mm of rain is forecast to fall over a large part of the UK in the coming 24 hours.

Disruption to dry bulk loading and discharging is to be expected as a result of the heavy rain. Severe flood alerts in place at some locations.

For further details and information about operations at UK ports contact GAC Shipping UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: July 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Jurong  – Port Construction of mooring dolphin at Jurong Port Berth J25

Work is underway to construct a mooring dolphin at Jurong Port Berth J25. The working period has been extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.92 of 2012, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 1 July to 15 August, in Damar Laut Basin in an area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • A) 01° 18.396’N / 103° 42.893’E
  • B) 01° 18.386’N / 103° 42.885’E
  • C) 01° 18.392’N / 103° 42.876’E
  • D) 01° 18.374’N / 103° 42.861’E
  • E) 01° 18.391’N / 103° 42.840’E
  • E) 01° 18.420’N / 103° 42.864’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 25; and
  • e) Communicate with Pasir Panjang control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: July 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Dredging at Gul Basin, off Keppel Shipyard

Dredging works will be conducted at Gul Basin, off Keppel Shipayd, from 9 July 2012 to 8 January 2013.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.91 of 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • A) 1° 17.839’N / 103° 40.667’E
  • B) 1° 17.703’N / 103° 40.793’E
  • C) 1° 17.667’N / 103° 40.765’E
  • D) 1° 17.814’N / 103° 40.640’E
  • E) 1° 17.756’N / 103° 40.693’E
  • F) 1° 17.723’N / 103° 40.657’E
  • G) 1° 17.626’N / 103° 40.746’E
  • H) 1° 17.685’N / 103° 40.809’E

Dredging works will be carried out by a dredger held in position with anchors. The dredger, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger.

Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

Tug boats will be used to shift the dredger, when required to clear the fairway for vessels.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft to 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 and navigate with caution;
  • (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and
  • (e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: July 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Indonesia – PORT: Belawan – New port tariff to come into effect

An adjusted port tariff will come into effect at the Indonesian port of Belawan from 00:00 hours local time on 15 July 2012.

The new tariff is in accordance with the country’s tax regulations.

Vessels that berth before 00:00 hours on 15 July will be charged based on previous tariff.

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

DATE: July 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: Bahia Las Minas Buoys out of service, night time docking/undocking suspended

The Bahia Las Minas Chief Pilot has advised that both outer and inner channel leading lights are not working.

The leading navigation buoys No.3, No.5, No.7a and No.7b are currently out of position. Further, buoys signal lights No.1, No.2, No.8 and No.7c are turned off.

Therefore, in accordance with safety navigation measures, the pilots have requested a temporary suspension of all docking/undocking maneuvers at Bahia Las Minas Terminal during “night time” until the navigation buoy is repaired and located back in their position.

All docking/undocking maneuvers have daylight restrictions. Under these circumstances, vessels arriving and departing Las Minas may experience delays because of the current restrictions.

This restriction does not affect The Panama Canal or vessels in transit unless a particular tanker is required to load or discharge at the Terminal facility prior proceeding through Panama Canal.

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

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