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Ports & Terminals — By on October 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Delaware River – Safety Zones established for dredging
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht Race from Hong Kong to Hainan Dao
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Seawall Reinstatement Works at Tseung Kwan O
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Coal Berth bunker pipeline
  • Bermuda, all ports – Tropical Storm Rafael expected to become a hurricane 

DATE: October 15, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Delaware River Safety Zones established for dredging 

A Safety Zone has been established in the Marcus Hook Range in the vicinity of the dredge Essex beginning on October 15, 2012 at 8am through October 17, 2012 at 6pm.
In preparation for annual maintenance dredging, the dredge will be placing submerged pipeline in the anchorage 24 hours a day.
The lower portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage will be closed to all anchoring and transiting vessels. All vessels desiring to anchor in the upper portion shall contact the captain of the port 24 hours in advance. Requests will be granted on a first come first serve basis.
Vessels are to contact the dredge Essex by cell phone at 757-353-0455 or via channel 13 or 16 for passing information.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners DBAY BNM 441-12 NJ-PA-Delaware River-Marcus Hook

DATE: October 15, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Yacht Race from Hong Kong to Hainan Dao

A yacht race from Hong Kong to Hainan Dao will take place on 18 October 2012 (Thursday). About 15 yachts with approximately 250 participants are expected to participate in the race.
The race will start at 1210 hours on 18 October 2012 off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, and follow an easterly route through the harbour, Tathong Channel and Lo Chau Mun, thence to Hainan Dao.
If the wind is not strong enough inside the harbour, the race will start in an area southeast of Lamma Island, and follow a southwesterly course to Hainan Dao.
Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is mandatory.
(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.145 of 2012 dated 15 October 2012

DATE: October 15, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Seawall Reinstatement Works at Tseung Kwan O

From 15 October 2012 and for approximately 8 weeks, seawall reinstatement works will be carried out [at Tseung Kwan O] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline: (A) 22 deg. 18.267’N / 114 deg. 15.972’E (B) 22 deg. 18.274’N / 114 deg. 15.956’E (C) 22 deg. 18.226’N / 114 deg. 15.928’E (D) 22 deg. 18.218’N / 114 deg. 15.944’E
The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter and one tug.
A working area of approximately 50 metres around the derrick lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighter.
The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 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 works.
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.144 of 2012

DATE: October 15, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Port Kembla Coal Berth bunker pipeline

According to the local bunker supplier, the pipeline at Port Kembla’s Coal Berth 102 has been serviced and is now fully operational to supply bunker (HFO) to ships while conducting cargo operations.
The bunker pipeline will save on delivery costs and avoid delays to the coal vessel shipping programme.
There is no change in the delivery of MDO/MGO which is by road tanker.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: October 15, 2012 COUNTRY: Bermuda PORT: all ports Tropical Storm Rafael expected to become a hurricane 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bermuda…
…At 500am AST (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Rafael was located near latitude 22.5 north, longitude 65.3 west. Rafael is moving toward the north-northwest near 10mph (17 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue this morning, followed by a turn toward the north this afternoon or evening. On the forecast track, the center of Rafael will remain well east of the Bahamas today and could approach Bermuda by late Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast and Rafael is expected to become a hurricane later today.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center…
…Rafael is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches over the northern Leeward Islands with isolated storm totals of 12 inches possible. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.
Tropical-storm-force winds are possible in Bermuda by Tuesday afternoon or evening.
Swells generated by Rafael are expected to affect the eastern-facing beaches of the Bahamas during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions…
(For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)
Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Rafael Advisory No.11 issued at 500am AST on 15 October 2012

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