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Ports & Terminals — By on July 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Worldwide – Health Authorities strike affecting port operations
  • United Kingdom, Teesport – Jetty modification work

DATE: July 26, 2012 – COUNTRY: Worldwide – Health Authorities strike affecting port operations 

Brazilian ports are facing problems in maintaining normal operations due to nationwide Health Authorities strike.

Port operators of Santos are reporting considerable delays on loading/unloading, due to an accumulation of idle cargo inside the terminals awaiting its clearance be granted.

Other important Brazilian ports around the country are experiencing considerable delays.

Vitoria in the south-east has reported a huge increase in the number of vessels at anchor awaiting their berthing turn. The number of vessels at anchorage increased almost ten-fold compared to customary port conditions.

Local sources report that Santos Port has about 78 ships waiting at anchorage.

Brazil’s largest southern port, Paranagua, has more than 120 ships waiting at anchorage. However, the Port Authority claims that the strike is not the only issue affecting the waiting time. There was a long period of rainfall at Paranagua over the past 40 days, which Paranagua Port Administration also takes into consideration.

Yesterday, it was reported by local media that more than 20 ships are wating at the anchorage are of the north-east port of Suape, as a result of delays caused by Health Authority strike.

For more details and information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at shipping.brazil@gac.com

DATE: July 26, 2012  -COUNTRY: United Kingdom – PORT: Teesport – Jetty modification work

Essential modification work on the Vopak Jetty 3 at Tees will go ahead. The first phase will be from 08:00 on 31 July with a target completion by 17:00 on 2 August.

The modifications will begin by removal of the crane.

The following restrictions will be in force:

08:00-17:00 on 31 July 2012 – Non-hazardous products can be handled whilst work is on-going.

17:00 on 31 July 2012-08:00 on 1 August 2012  Any products can be handled.

08:00-17:00 on 1 August 2012 – Non-hazardous products can be handled whilst work is on-going.

17:00 on 1 August 2012-08:00 on 2 August 2012 –  Any product can be handled.

08:00-17:00 on 2 August 2012 – Non-hazardous products can be handled whilst work is on-going.

(There could also be some interruptions of cargo transfers during heavy lifting work on the jetty – this will be kept to a minimum and normal service will resume as soon as possible.)

17:00 on 2 August 2012-08:00 on 9 August 2012 – Any product can be handled.

The second phase of the work will be from  08:00 on 9 August 2012 to 17:00 on 10 August 2012. During this period the modifications will see the reinstating of the crane and the following restrictions in force:

08:00-17:00 9 August 2012 – Non-hazardous products can be handled whilst work is on-going.

17:00 on 9 August 2012-08:00 on 10 August 2012  – Any products can be handled.

08:00-17:00 on 10 August 2012 – Non-hazardous products can be handled whilst work is on-going.

17:00 on 10 August 2012 – Return to normal service.

During this time all vessels should preferably use their own crane. If they do not have an operational crane then they should request use of a crane from the terminal in advance via their agent. There will not be any additional costs for this.

The below link below provides all the latest depths and navigational information for the ports of Tees and Hartlepool http://www.pdports.co.uk/Documents/Navigational%20Information/Weekly-Navigational-Bulletin/weekly%20navigational%20bulletin%20(web).pdf

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

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