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Ports & Terminals — By on October 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.
In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Kingdom, Milford Haven – Planned port dues and pilotage charge increase
  • Kuwait, all ports – Eid-Al-Adha holiday in Kuwait * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht races
  • Indonesia, Adang Bay – Anchor position for vessels loading coal
  • Turkey, all ports – Six day holiday for Kurban Bayrami & Republic Day
  • Panama, all ports – Demonstrations & riots in Atlantic Sector 

DATE: October 19, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: Milford Haven Planned port dues and pilotage charge increase

Milford Haven Port Authority has advised that, subject to board approval, there will be a 2.6% increase in port dues and pilotage charges in 2013.
They will also introduce an ‘OPIC’ charge to cover the cost are re-fitting anti-pollution craft, as follows: – O to 5000 GT, 20 GBP per port call – 5, 001 to 20, 000 GT, 40 GBP per port call – 20, 001 to 65, 000 GT, 80 GBP per port call – 65, 001 to 129, 999 GT, 120 GBP per port call – 130, 000 GT, 150 GBP per port call
For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: October 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Kuwait PORT: all ports Eid-Al-Adha holiday in Kuwait

The Eid-Al-Adha holiday in Kuwait has been declared from 25 to 29 October 2012, during which time all Government offices and ports customs will remain closed.
Port operations will continue on a double overtime basis with a short break for Eid prayer on the first day of Eid. Port vessel movements (pilotage) will be available with a short break for Eid Prayer on the first day of Eid.
For information about operations in Kuwait contact GAC Kuwait at kuwait@gac.com

DATE: October 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Yacht races

A series of yacht races in the area of Lamma Island, Middle Island, Port Shelter, Tathong Channel and Victoria Harbour will take place from 21 October 2012 (Sunday) to 27 October 2012 (Saturday). About 14 sailing boats with 3 guard boats are expected to participate in the races.
Depending on the weather condition, the races will take place on the specified date and follow:
Course 1 – On 21 October 2012 and 22 October 2012, the race will start at about 1000 hours at Tung O Wan, east of Lamma Island to South East Lamma Anchorage and return to Tung O Wan at about 1800 hours.
Course 2 – On 23 October 2012, the race will start at about 1000 hours from Middle Island to south of Stanley Peninsula, Sheung Sze Mun, southeast of D’Aguilar Peninsula, Tathong Channel, east of Tung Lung Chau and will finish at Port Shelter at about 1800 hours.
Course 3 – On 24 October 2012 and 25 October 2012, the race will start at about 1000 hours from Port Shelter to east of Clear Water Bay Peninsula and will return to Port Shelter at about 1800 hours.
Course 4 – On 26 October 2012, the race will start at about 1000 hours from Port Shelter through Tathong Channel, Eastern Fairway and will finish at Causeway Bay at about 1800 hours.
Course 5 – On 27 October 2012, the race will start at about 1000 hours from Causeway Bay through Hung Hom Fairway, Eastern Fairway, Tathong Channel and return to Causeway Bay at about 1800 hours.
Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity 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.150 of 2012 dated 19 October 2012

DATE: October 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Indonesia PORT: Adang Bay  – Anchor position for vessels loading coal

With effect from 17 October, all vessels dropping anchor at Adang Bay Anchorage (Kideco Coal) to load must do so at the position given by the Port Authority.
If any vessel drops anchor out of their given anchor position, port dues shall be charged to PUBLIC TARIFF (see below):
I) PRIVATE TARIFF Achorage Dues: GRT X 0.021 X USD RATE (in 15 days)
II) PUBLIC TARIFF Achorage Dues: GRT X 0.035 X USD RATE (in 15 days)
Light dues and PUP (Dangerous cargo) remain unchanged.
For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC Jakarta at indonesia@gac.com

DATE: October 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: all ports – Six day holiday for Kurban Bayrami & Republic Day

All official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed for six days from 24 October, due to the Kurban Bayrami holiday (24-28 October), followed by Republic Day on 29 October.
Some ports may be closed on these dates and charges for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) increased by 50%. Therefore it ships due to call at Turkish ports are urged to check in advance.
All arrangements for crew, spares, provision, etc. should also be made well in advance to ensure timely delivery to vessels.
GAC Turkey will be on duty during the holiday.
For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

DATE: October 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Panama PORT: all ports Demonstrations & riots in Atlantic Sector 

Major road access and highways in the Atlantic Sector of Panama are closed due to demonstrations and rioting by various groups in protest at the approval of several reforms.
So far, neither port operations nor Panama Canal Traffic have been affected, as pilots and personnel are being mobilized by water as the roads are currently blocked.
GAC-Wilford & McKay personnel have been evacuated as a security measure and the office is working with a skeleton staff.
For any urgent matters please contact office staff on our mobile phones. Emails will be continuously monitored.
For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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