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Ports & Terminals — By on October 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • * Cuba, all ports – Hurricane Sandy to move off NE Cuban coast
  • * United States, Miami, Florida – Hurricane Condition Modified YANKEE set
  • * Philippines, all ports – Tropical Storm Ofel * Singapore, Singapore – Dumping of excavated materials
  • * Egypt, Port Said – Advance provision of notification & documentation 

 DATE: October 25, 2012 COUNTRY: Cuba PORT: all ports Hurricane Sandy to move off NE Cuban coast

A hurricane warning is in effect for: the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin and Guantanamo; the Ragged Islands in the southeastern Bahamas; the central Bahamas; and the northwestern Bahamas.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for: Haiti; Florida east coast from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach; Lake Okeechobee; and the remainder of the southeastern Bahamas.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for: the Florida east coast from north of Flagler beach to Fernandina Beach; Florida Upper Keys from Ocean Reef to Craig Key; and Florida Bay.
Interests elsewhere along the southeastern coast of the United States should monitor the progress of Sandy…
At 500am EDT (0900 UTC) the eye of Hurricane Sandy was located by NOAA satellites and Cuban radars near latitude 20.9 north, longitude 75.8 west. Sandy is moving toward the north near 18mph (30 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northwest and a decrease in forward speed are expected tonight and Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Sandy will move off the northeastern coast of Cuba this morning, move near or over the central Bahamas by tonight and move near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Sandy is still a Category Two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Gradual weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours. However, Sandy is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the Bahamas.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km)…
…Hurricane conditions will continue over eastern Cuba this morning and then gradually subside by this afternoon. Hurricane conditions are expected to spread across the central and northwestern Bahamas late today and Friday. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area along the east coast of Florida tonight and Friday and are possible in the watch area Friday night.
Sandy is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 6-12 inches across 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 3-6 inches are expected over portions of the Bahamas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible. Rainfall totals of 1-3 inches are possible across the Florida Keys into southeast and east central Florida.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following depths above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide: Jamaica: 1-3 ft southeastern Cuba: 4-7 ft central & northwestern Bahamas: 5-8 ft Florida coast within warning area: 1-2 ft
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances…
(For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC Hub Agency Centre at hub.usa@gac.com)
Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Sandy Advisory No.12 issued at 500am EDT on 25 October 2012

DATE: October 25, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Miami, Florida Hurricane Condition Modified YANKEE set

Hurricane Sandy is approximately 40 miles east of Holguin, Cuba and moving north at approximately 18mph.
Due to the possibility of gale force winds (39-45mph/34-37 knts) entering South Florida within 24 hours, the Captain of the Port (COTP) is ordering Port Condition Modified YANKEE at 9.00am October 25, 2012, for:
* Port of Miami, Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft. Pierce, and all other terminal and facilities within Sector Miamu’s area of responsibility.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: October 25, 2012 COUNTRY: Philippines PORT: all ports Tropical Storm Ofel 

At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm “OFEL” was estimated based on satellite and surface data over Sibuyan Island, Romblo (12.4°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move West  Northwest at 20 kph.
Forecast: Batangas, Lubang Island, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Masbate including Ticao Island, Panay Island, Guimaras and the Northern part of Negros Occidental will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.
Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, the rest of Calabarzon, the rest of Bicol Region, Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Burias Island and the southern part of Quezon Province, Eastern Visayas, Cebu, Camotes Island and the rest of Negros Provinces will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
The rest of the country will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rainshowers or thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and from the southeast to south over the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
For information about operations in the PHilippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com Source: PAGASA Weather Forecast issued at 5am on 25 October 2012

DATE: October 25, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Dumping of excavated materials

The working area and period for the dumping of excavated material off Tuas View have been revised.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.151 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 26 October 2012 to 25 April 2013, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): A) 1 deg. 15.030’N / 103 deg. 37.080’E B) 1 deg. 15.060’N / 103 deg. 37.141’E C) 1 deg. 15.060’N / 103 deg. 37.524’E    [HS-TVE-01 / Fl.Y.3s (sync)] D) 1 deg. 14.894’N / 103 deg. 37.524’E    [HS-TVE-02 / Fl.Y.3s (sync)] E) 1 deg. 14.894’N / 103 deg. 37.142’E    [HS-TVE-03 / Fl.Y.3s (sync)]
Dumping of excavated materials will be carried out by hopper barges within 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) maintain a proper look-out; (b) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (c) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and (d) 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 25, 2012 COUNTRY: Egypt PORT: Port Said Advance provision of notification & documentation

The Suez Canal Authority is reminding shipping companies that they must provide its Port Said Port Office with the initial notification of ships’ ETA to Port Said anchorage and required certificates 48 hours prior to arrival.
For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

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