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Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on October 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

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

  • Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation works off Tuas View
  • Jamaica, all ports – Tropical Storm Sandy update (24 October 2012)
  • Panama, Colon – Disturbances continue
  • Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 24/10/12 

DATE: October 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Soil investigation works off Tuas View

From 27 October to 31 December, soil investigation works will be conducted off Tuas View.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.150 of 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following marijne borehole co-ordinates in three separated areas:
Area A: Off West Jurong Channel, Tuas View TW-20) 1° 16.236’N / 103° 38.563’E TW-21) 1° 16.233’N / 103° 38.416’E A19)   1° 16.213’N / 103° 38.530’E A20)   1° 16.221’N / 103° 38.477’E C11)   1° 16.171’N / 103° 38.520’E C12)   1° 16.171’N / 103° 38.474’E C12A)  1° 16.159’N / 103° 38.411’E
Area B: Off West Jurong Channel, Tuas View R10C0) 1° 16.679’N / 103° 39.086’E R10C1) 1° 16.643’N / 103° 39.135’E R12C0) 1° 16.615’N / 103° 39.014’E R14C0) 1° 16.546’N / 103° 38.918’E R16C0) 1° 16.472’N / 103° 38.821’E R18C0) 1° 16.403’N / 103° 38.733’E
Area C: Off Tuas Power Station, Tuas View Z16) 1° 16.669’N / 103° 38.973’E Z17) 1° 16.629’N / 103° 38.861’E Z18) 1° 16.575’N / 103° 38.759’E
Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barge. The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge.
The tugboats will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.
A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.
Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.
When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to: (a) Keep well clear and not to enter the safety zone of the barge; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and (e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: October 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Jamaica PORT: all ports Tropical Storm Sandy update (24 October 2012)

At 500am EDT (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Sandy was located near latitude 16.3 north, longitude 77.0 west. Sandy is moving toward the north near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue through Thursday accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Sandy is expected to move across Jamaica by late this afternoon and evening, move near or over eastern Cuba late tonight and Thursday morning and approach the central Bahamas on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours…and sandy is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches Jamaica and Cuba.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center….
Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach Jamaica this morning with hurricane conditions expected by this afternoon. Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of Haiti by this afternoon. Hurricane conditions are possible in eastern Cuba by this evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the central Bahamas by early Thursday and will be possible in the southeastern and northwestern Bahamas by Thursday afternoon, and along the southeast Florida coast, the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Friday morning.
Sandy is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 6-12 inches across Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches possible. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. Rainfall totals of 3-5 inches are expected over portions of the Bahamas with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.
A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1-3 feet above normal tide levels along the southern and eastern coast of Jamaica. A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3-5 feet above normal tide levels in southeastern Cuba. A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 4-7 ft above normal tide levels in the Bahamas within the tropical storm warning area. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
(For information about operations in the Americas, contact GAC the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.usa@gac.com)
Source: Extracts from National Hurricance Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Sandy Advisory No.8 (Corrected) issued at 500am EDT at 24 October 2012

DATE: October 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Panama PORT: Colon Disturbances continue

Rioting and civil unrest is continuing in the Panamanian city of Colon.
The situation is currently out of police control, and it is not safe to circulate in the city’s streets.
Therefore, GAC-Wlford & McKay staff are continuing to work from home, with a skeleton staff attending the office. Contact should be made by mobile phone.
For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

DATE: October 24, 2012 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 24/10/12

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 24/10/12
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aden                   735.00         0           1, 204.00    0
Alexandria         778.00    720.00     1, 160.00    0
Aqaba                     0         0         1, 060.00  0
Bahrain                  0         0         1, 063.00  0
Busan                  670.00    652.00    970.00    960.00
Cape Town         690.00    0         1, 015.00  0
Colombo             790.00    745.00    1, 150.00  0
Dubai                  645.00    625.00    870.00    0
Durban               660.00    0         1, 115.00  0
Falmouth           719.50    683.50    1, 010.50  0
Fujairah              655.00    635.00    1, 040.00  0
Gibraltar             721.50    686.50    1, 015.50  0
Hong Kong         669.50    657.00    988.50    986.50
Houston              678.00    608.00    1, 010.00  0
Istanbul               667.50    647.50    1, 014.50  0
Jeddah                 715.00    700.00    1, 085.00  0
Kaohsiung          688.00    676.00    1, 010.00  995.00
Kuwait                 645.00    631.00    0         1, 014.00
Malta                   731.50    707.50    985.50    0
Mumbai              668.50    654.50    1, 072.50  0
New York & New Jersey  640.00    610.00    980.00    0
Panama                 680.00    620.00    1, 025.00  0
Port Said               740.00    719.00    1, 250.00  0
Qatar                       0         0         930.00    0
Rio de Janeiro    650.00    626.50    1, 051.00  0
Rotterdam          665.50    640.50    0         0
Salalah                710.00    670.00    1, 140.00  0
Shanghai             681.50    663.50    1, 067.50  0
Sharjah                645.00    625.00    870.00    0
Singapore              652.00    640.00    957.50    952.50
St Petersburg          565.50    550.50    0         0
Suez                   730.00    746.00    1, 170.00  0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.
The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be approached directly for firm prices.
Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com Europe:                bunker.gb@gac.com Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com Americas: bunker.us@gac.com Asia Pacific:          bunker.sg@gac.com Indian Subcontinent:   bunker.sl@gac.com
Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or with your bunker enquiry.

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