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Ports & Terminals — By on July 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Arab Emirates, all ports – Working hours for ports in UAE
  • Oman, Port Sultan Qaboos – Working hours during the month of Ramadan
  • Hong Kong, all ports – Marine works for laying of gas pipes
  • Hong Kong, all ports – Rainstorm and thunderstorm warnings in Hong Kong
  • Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation works off Tuas View
  • Australia, Hay Point – Port of Haypoint train derailment update
  • Bunker Update – GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 18/07/12 

DATE: July 18, 2012 COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates PORT: all ports Working hours for ports in UAE

According to DP World, the working hours for the month of Ramadan will be as follow:
Commercial and Administrative departments: 0800 hours – 1400 hours Sunday to Thursday Container Terminal: Operations will continue as normal. Gate operations will continue 24 hours. General Cargo: 0800 hours – 1400 hours (normal shift) 1400 hours onwards will be considered overtime. Container Freight station: 0800 hours – 1400 hours (normal shift) 1400 hours onwards will be considered overtime. Commercial Trucking department: operations will continue 24 hours Marine department: Berthing and un-berthing of vessels will continue 24 hours.
All services provided during overtime hours will be charged in accordance to overtime rates as listed in the Port Tariff.
For information about operations in UAE, contact GAC Dubai at dubai@gac.com Source: DP World

DATE: July 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Oman – PORT: Port Sultan Qaboos – Working hours during the month of Ramadan

The Ramadan fasting period is expected to start by around 20th July 2012 or day later in sighting of moon.
During this month, the working hours for the operations on stevedoring and shore-handling for Port Sultan Qaboos (Muscat) will be as below schedule.
Saturday to Wednesday: Day shift: 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs 1300 hrs to 2100 hrs – Depending on requirement & gang availability
Night shift: 2100 hrs to 0300 hrs 0300 hrs to 0400 hrs – Meal Break 0400 hrs to 0700 hrs – Depending on requirement & gang availability
Please note that during said period, gang shortages are expected.
Thursdays and fridays will be considered as overtime and additional chargers will be applicable as per Port Tariff.
GAC Oman offices will maintain official working hours from 0830 hrs to 1430 hrs during the month of Ramadan. However skeleton staff will remain in office beyond official timings to attend to urgent operational matters and all key staff can be contacted though their mobile phones during said period.
For information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com Source: Port Sultan Qaboos authorities

DATE: July 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong  -PORT: all ports Marine works for laying of gas pipes

According to the Marine Department Notice No. 110 of 2012, marine works works involving dredging operations, laying of twin gas pipelines and backfilling operations will be carried out with immediate effect and for a period of approximately 12 months.
The works in the area will be bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I), and (J) to (T) and the adjacent shorelines:
(A) 22o18.715’ N 114o11.513’ E (B) 22o18.709’ N 114o11.605’ E (C) 22o18.544’ N 114o11.720’ E (D) 22o18.422’ N 114o11.857’ E (E) 22o18.244’ N 114o12.197’ E (F) 22o18.055’ N 114o12.232’ E (G) 22o17.620’ N 114o12.507’ E (H) 22o17.594’ N 114o12.510’ E (I) 22o17.559’ N 114o12.494’ E (J) 22o17.536’ N 114o12.610’ E (K) 22o17.561’ N 114o12.627’ E (L) 22o17.653’ N 114o12.621’ E (M) 22o18.097’ N 114o12.439’ E (N) 22o18.219’ N 114o12.370’ E (O) 22o18.325’ N 114o12.275’ E (P) 22o18.392’ N 114o12.176’ E (Q) 22o18.471’ N 114o11.993’ E (R) 22o18.585’ N 114o11.837’ E (S) 22o18.816’ N 114o11.667’ E (T) 22o18.823’ N 114o11.517’ E
A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger and each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger and barges.
A working area of approximately 25 metres around the jack-up platform will be established. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of the platform to indicate the position of the platform.
The works will be carried out round-the-clock and diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.
For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at hongkong@gac.com Source: Hong Kong Marine Department

DATE: July 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong  – PORT: all ports – Rainstorm and thunderstorm warnings in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Observatory has sent out an amber rainstorm warning signal from 0610 hours (local) to 0820 hours today (18 July 2012).
Thunderstorms warnings have also been sent out from 0130 hours to 1100 hours and 1245 hours to 1400 hours today.
For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at hongkong@gac.com Source: Hong Kong Observatory

DATE: July 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Soil investigation works off Tuas View

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Notice No. 99 of 2012, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays at various locations.3
Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barges. The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats will be used for shifting the barges from one borehole location to another. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.
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 safety zone of the barge; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (West Jurong Control); and (e) Communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

DATE: July 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Hay Point  – Port of Haypoint train derailment update

The train derailment occurred approx 40kms west of Sarina (Township South of Hay Point) and this derailment has ceased all railing of coal for the Hay Point region.
No coal from any mines is reaching the Hay Point or Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals.
The railways have informed both coal loading terminals that clean up and repairs are taking longer than expected. 50% of the railway line is expected to open Thursday 19/7/12 evening. Full reopening may not occur until Sunday 22/07/12.
As a result, no trains will be allowed to proceed to DBCT and Hay Point Coal terminals until this time. Further delays are expected in berthing vessels.
For information about operations in Australia, contact shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: July 18, 2012 – Bunker Update: GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 18/07/12

Middle East

Qatar  IFO380: 0 IFO180:  0 MDO: 0 MGO: 900
Salalah IFO380:  657 IFO180: 687 MDO: 0 MGO: 1065

Indian Subcontinent 
Mumbai IFO380: 629.5 IFO180:  644.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 1061.5

Egypt & Mediterranean

Istanbul  IFO380: 623.5 IFO180:  638.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 928.5
Malta LS IFO380:  700.5 IFO180:  718.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 0

Europe & Africa

Durban IFO380: 0 IFO180:  625.5 MDO: 1115.5 MGO: 0

Americas 

Rio de Janeiro IFO380:  620.5 IFO180: 644 MDO: 0 MGO: 940

Asia Pacific 

Busan IFO380: 630 IFO180:  645 MDO: 905 MGO: 915
Hong Kong IFO380:  631.5 IFO180: 643.5 MDO: 900 MGO: 903
Kaohsiung  IFO380:  663 IFO180: 675 MDO: 935 MGO: 950
Shanghai  IFO380:  629.5 IFO180: 641.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 1039.5
Singapore  IFO380: 624 IFO180:  637 MDO: 933 MGO: 938

For any questions relating to the above or any otherbunkering matters, contact GAC Bunker Fuels on Tel +44-20-8749 7355 (24 hours) or by e-mail: bunker.gb@gac.com bunker.ae@gac.com bunker.sa@gac.com bunker.sg@gac.com bunker.eg@gac.com

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