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Ports & Terminals — By on October 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM

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  • Angola, all ports – Angola opens National Freight Bourse
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation off Nim Wan 

 DATE: October 04, 2012 COUNTRY: Angola PORT: all ports Angola opens National Freight Bourse

Today (4 October), Angola officially inaugurated its National Freight Bourse (NFB) with the intent of bringing importers, shipping agents and ship owners closer in order to contract sea transport of goods to the country.
At the inauguration ceremony, Transport Minister Augusto da Silva Tomas said that in 2011 Angola spent over US$1.2 billion on freight shipping for importing container cargo. That amount corresponded to the arrival of 421, 000 containers of imported cargo in Angola, higher than in previous years and at a lower freight cost. Whilst in 2008 transporting a container to Angola cost an average of US$ 3, 665, in the first half of this year that cost had fallen to US$ 2, 850, a real drop of 22% or US$ 815 per container.
The new Bourse’s main aim is to reduce the freight costs of cargo that leaves from or arrives in Angolan ports down to the prices on the international market.
For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

DATE: October 04, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Marine Site Investigation off Nim Wan

For a period of approximately 1 month, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out [off Nim Wan] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F):

  • (A) 22 deg. 25.397’N / 113 deg. 55.671’E
  • (B) 22 deg. 25.404’N / 113 deg. 55.706’E
  • (C) 22 deg. 25.319’N / 113 deg. 55.718’E
  • (D) 22 deg. 25.237’N / 113 deg. 55.693’E
  • (E) 22 deg. 25.244’N / 113 deg. 55.669’E
  • (F) 22 deg. 25.320’N / 113 deg. 55.683’E

One flat top barge will carry out the works. One work boat will provide assistance.
A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.
The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside 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.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.139 of 2012 dated 4 October 2012

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