HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on October 1, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Angola, all ports – New Merchant Navy Law to come into force
  • United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – New phase of new port launched
  • Singapore, Singapore – Construction of floating sea barrier at Sentosa Cove 

DATE: October 01, 2012 COUNTRY: Angola PORT: all ports New Merchant Navy Law to come into force

A new Merchant Navy Law, which seems to regulate all maritime and port activities in a consistent manner, will enter into force in Angola on 27 October 2012.
Among others, the Merchant Navy Law will govern the following matters: – navigational, technical and security rules applicable to all vessels operating in Angola; – registration duties and procedures for national and foreign vessels calling in Angolan ports; – licensing and other requirements applicable to marine- and port-related activities, including commercial activities carried out by ship-owners and shipping agents; and – port administration rules and the legal framework applicable to activities carried out there.
For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

DATE: October 01, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates – PORT: Abu Dhabi  -New phase of new port launched

Abu Dhabi has launched the first phase of its new multi-billion dollar Khalifa port, as part of the Emirate’s bid to diversify its economy. The new port is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals.
Located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Khalifa Port has been built alongside the Khalifa Industrial Zone at a total cost of USD7.2 billion for both projects.
The first phase of the semi-automated container terminal will handle 2.5 million TEUs of container traffic and 12 million tons of general cargo. The next phase will see that capacity doubled to 5 million TEUs.
By the end of this year, all shipping lines using Mina Zayed will be redirected to Khalifa Port, while Mina Zayed will be turned into a facility for cruise liners as part of Abu Dhabi’s tourism drive.
For information about operations in Abu Dhabi contact NSGAC Abu Dhabi at abudhabi@gac.com

DATE: October 01, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Construction of floating sea barrier at Sentosa Cove

The working period for the construction of a sea barrier at Sentosa Cove has been extended. Works are now being conducted between 1 October 2012 and 31 March 2013.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.138 of 2012 dated 1 October 2012, the works are being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • 1)  01° 15.288’N / 103° 48.518’E
  • 2)  01° 15.227’N / 103° 48.598’E
  • 3)  01° 14.410’N / 103° 49.802’E
  • 4)  01° 14.356’N / 103° 49.755’E
  • 5)  01° 15.199’N / 103° 48.531’E
  • 6)  01° 15.339’N / 103° 48.455’E
  • 7)  01° 14.295’N / 103° 50.259’E
  • 8)  01° 14.362’N / 103° 50.359’E
  • 9)  01° 14.339’N / 103° 50.380’E
  • 10) 01° 14.282’N / 103° 50.318’E
  • 11) 01° 14.273’N / 103° 50.280’E

The construction works cover installation of marker buoys with sinkers and FSB (Floating Sea Barrier) blue drums linked up with stainless steel chain.
A safety boat 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 VHF Channel 68 (West Control ); and
  • (e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68for assistance, if required.

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

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