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Ports & Terminals — By on October 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Port remains at modified Hurricane Condition ZULU
  •  United States, Hampton Roads, Virginia – Hampton Roads to relax Port Condition
  • United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Port of Baltimore Public Marine Terminals closed
  • United States, all ports – Sandy moving westward across southern Pennsylvania
  • United States, New Jersey – Evacuation of New Jersey Marine Terminals
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Conditions at NY transportation facilities
  • United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Port Condition ZULU at Baltimore
  • India, Mumbai – Naval firing practice
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Additional Temporary Loading Facility
  • Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation off Tuas View
  • Australia, Mackay – Amended port navigation depths
  • Turkey, Turkish Straits – Strong current at Bosphorus 

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Port remains at modified Hurricane Condition ZULU

The Captain of the Port is notifying port partners that the port [of Philadelphia] will remain in a modified Hurricane Condition ZULU until further notice.
Tug and barge movement is authorized to and from anchorages. River anchorages are open to tug and barge traffic only.
Cargo transfer operations may resume following facility assessments and facility reporting to the USCG.
Lightering is not permitted.
Bunkering is not permitted in the anchorage areas of the lower Delaware Bay.
Mariners are directed to exercise extreme caution as aids to navigation may be off station and not watching properly.
Big Stone Anchorage is open to vessels arriving from sea and departing to sea.
Dredging operations will resume as soon as practicable. All previous navigation restrictions related to dredging are in effect. Mariners are requested to call dredges 2 hours prior to passing.
As it is determined that conditions are safe for navigation, the port will incrementally return to normal operations. Additional restrictions may continue depending on the severity of the hurricane’s impact. The Coast Guard asks for a collaborative effort from port members in reporting any hazardous conditions, off-station aids to navigation or breakaway of vessels….
(For information about operations in the uSA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulletin 18-12 dated 30 October 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Hampton Roads, Virginia Hampton Roads to relax Port Condition

Sector Hampton Roads intends to relax Port Condition ZULU for the approach channels at Cape Henry by 1200 hours today [30 October]
Sector Hampton Roads intentions are to manage vessel arrivals/departures initially by considering the vessels deepest draft in order to allow lighter draft vessels channel access first as surveys of channel conditions continue.
Sector Hampton Roads notes that there are approximately 78 vessels in queue to enter/depart via Cape Henry over the next 3 day period, approximately 28 of those are Baltimore related vessel transits.
Sector Baltimore will hold a port condition conference call at 1300 hours today. The BME will notify our members and port partners of the decisions made during that conference call soonest thereafter.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Baltimore Maritime Exchange update dated 30 Ocotber 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Baltimore, Maryland Port of Baltimore Public Marine Terminals closed

The Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals will be closed on Tuesday [30 October] to all ship and truck traffic due to weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Maryland Port Administration Hurricane Advisory dated 29 October 2012
DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Sandy moving westward across southern Pennsylvania ————— There are high-wind warnings in effect, including gale force winds over the coastal waters of the mid-Atlantic states, New York and New England. Storm warnings are in effect for portions of the mid-Atlantic coastal waters.
Flood and flash flood watches and warnings are in effect over portions of the mid-Atlantic and northeast states…
…At 500am EDT (0900 UTC) the center of Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy was located near latitude 40.5 north, longitude 77.0 west. The post-tropical cyclone was moving toward the west-northwest at 15mph (25 kph). A west-northwest motion with reduced forward speed is expected today into western Pennsylvania, with a turn north into western New York tonight. The cyclone will move into Canada wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65mph (105 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours…
…Gale-force winds will continue early today over portions of the mid-Atlantic states from Virginia northward through New England.
Even though water levels along the coast have been subsiding, the combination of storm surge and the tide could still cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters, especially during the next high tide cycle. The water could reach the following depths above ground at the time of high tide: –       Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds: 2-4 ft –       Delmarva Peninsula and Delaware Bay: 2-4 ft –       upper and middle Chesapeake Bay: 2-4 ft –       Jersey shore northward to Massachusetts: 1-3 ft
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances. The surge could be accompanied by large and dangerous waves along portions of the coast exposed to the Atlantic Ocean…
…Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are expected over far northeastern North Carolina with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches are expected over portions of the mid-Atlantic states including the Delmarva Peninsula, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches are possible from the southern tier of New York state northeastward through New England…
…Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through New England for the next couple of days…
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, College Park MD, Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy Advisory No.32 issued at 500am EDT on 30 October 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New Jersey Evacuation of New Jersey Marine Terminals 

The Port Authority has ordered the evacuation of all maritime facilities in the New Jersey Marine Terminals.
The Port Authority’s maritime facilities will remain closed until further notice. The port terminals that are closed are Port Newark Container Terminal, Port Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Port Jersey Marine Terminal, Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island and the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal.
For real-time port status information, operation changes, service disruptions, terminal closures, and traffic conditions, subscribe to PortNYNJAlerts: http://paalerts.com/default_Port.aspx
Please contact your terminal or check their website for up-to-date details on closures and/or changes in hours of operation.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Port Advisory issued at 12:29pm on 29 October 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Conditions at NY transportation facilities

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports the following update on conditions at its transportation facilities as of 6 a.m.:
AIRPORTS John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports are closed. Stewart International Airport is open. However, air carriers have suspended operations until further notice. Passengers are urged to confirm with their individual carriers that their flights are operating before traveling to the airports. Rail service on AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark is suspended until further notice.
TUNNELS & BRIDGES The Lincoln Tunnel is open. The Holland Tunnel is closed under further notice. The George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing are closed until further notice.
PATH All PATH service is suspended until further notice.
PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL All public and private bus service is suspended until further notice.
PORTS The Port Authority’s maritime facilities are closed until further notice.
Travelers are reminded to check http://www.panynj.gov/ for updated information about PATH, the airports, the tunnels and bridges, and all other Port Authority facilities.
For further information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for New York State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch.
For New Jersey, visit www.ready.nj.gov.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Press Release No.169-2012 dated 30 October 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Baltimore, Maryland Port Condition ZULU at Baltimore

Port Condition ZULU has been set at Baltimore since 1400 hours yesterday (29 October). It is expected that the status will remain at ZULU until sometime on Wednesday 31 October.
Another Port Condition conference call will be held at 1300 local time today (30 October) and the Sector Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit will hold its second conference call at 1400 hours to continue planning for business resumption at the port post storm.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: India PORT: Mumbai Naval firing practice

The Indian Navy intends to cary out Naval firing practice from coastal batteries on 31 October 2012 from 0930 hrs to 1300 hrs. There will be no shipping movement during this time.
All vessels which are anchored within the fire practice arc and fire practice area will have to vacate these areas by 0600 hrs on 31 October 2012. All vessels occupying in  harbour anchorage to the South of Middle Ground will have to vacate the harbour by 0600 hrs on 31 October 2012. The vessels which are in inner anchorage will commence vacating the harbour from 1200 hrs on 30 October 2012.
All Masters of all type of vessels and other crafts will have to be positively informed to keep clear of the firing practice area during the above-mentioned time.
(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)
Source: Mumbai Port Trust circular

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Additional Temporary Loading Facility

An additional temporary loading facility has been established at the southwest coast of Tseung Kwan O Area 137.
The facility has four steel berthing struts and four conveyor arms protruding about 25 metres seawards from the coast. The temporary loading facility will exist for a period of approximately four years.
From time to time, four lighters will berth at the facility within the operation area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline for loading operations: (A) 22º 16.170’N / 114º 16.186’E (B) 22º 16.138’N / 114º 16.125’E (C) 22º 15.891’N / 114º 16.274’E (D) 22º 15.923’N / 114º 16.335’E
(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.152 of 2012 dated 29 October 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Soil investigation off Tuas View

The working area and working period for soil investigation works off Tuas View have been revised. The works will now be conducted from 1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.155 of 2012 dated 29 October 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following marine borehole co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
Marine Boreholes – Sector A F3-BH-05) 1° 14.154’N / 103° 37.670’E F3-BH-06) 1° 14.154’N / 103° 37.851’E F3-BH-07) 1° 14.154’N / 103° 38.031’E F3-BH-08) 1° 14.154’N / 103° 38.211’E F3-BH-09) 1° 14.154’N / 103° 38.391’E F3-BH-13) 1° 14.020’N / 103° 37.995’E F3-BH-22) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 37.671’E
Marine Boreholes – Sector B BH-39A52) 1° 13.954’N / 103° 38.982’E BH-39A53) 1° 13.928’N / 103° 38.990’E BH-39A54) 1° 13.902’N / 103° 38.982’E BH-39A55) 1° 13.876’N / 103° 38.990’E BH-39A56) 1° 13.851’N / 103° 38.982’E BH-39A57) 1° 13.825’N / 103° 38.990’E BH-39A58) 1° 13.799’N / 103° 38.982’E BH-39A59) 1° 13.775’N / 103° 38.990’E BH-39A60) 1° 13.752’N / 103° 38.990’E F3-BH-10) 1° 14.155’N / 103° 38.571’E F3-BH-11) 1° 14.155’N / 103° 38.751’E F3-BH-12) 1° 14.155’N / 103° 38.931’E F3-BH-14) 1° 14.020’N / 103° 38.211’E F3-BH-15) 1° 14.020’N / 103° 38.427’E F3-BH-16) 1° 14.020’N / 103° 38.642’E F3-BH-17) 1° 14.020’N / 103° 38.858’E F3-BH-23) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 37.851’E F3-BH-24) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 38.031’E F3-BH-25) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 38.211’E F3-BH-26) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 38.391’E F3-BH-27) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 38.571’E F3-BH-28) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 38.751’E F3-BH-29) 1° 13.886’N / 103° 38.931’E B4-BH-04) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 37.888’E B4-BH-05) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 38.103’E B4-BH-06) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 38.319’E B4-BH-07) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 38.535’E B4-BH-08) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 38.750’E B4-BH-09) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 38.966’E B4-BH-10) 1° 13.524’N / 103° 39.182’E
Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barges. A jack-up barge will be working on only one borehole at one sector at any one time.
The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 metres radius centered at the barge.
Tugboats will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.
Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas 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 working areas; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (West Jurong Control); and (e) communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singaore@gac.com

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Mackay Amended port navigation depths

The design and actual port navigation depths below port datum (Lowest Astronomical Tide) [at Mackay] are amended as of Monday, 29 October 2012 as follows:
Entrance Channel – Design Depth (Metres): 8.5 – Actual Depth (Metres): 8.3*
Swing Basin – Design Depth (Metres): 8.5 – Actual Depth (Metres): 8.5
Berth No 1 – Design Depth (Metres): 10.6 – Actual Depth (Metres): 10.5*
Berth No 3 – Design Depth (Metres): 13.0 – Actual Depth (Metres): 12.5
Berth 3 & 4 Composite – Actual Depth (Metres): 12.3*
Berth No 4 – Design Depth (Metres): 10.6 – Actual Depth (Metres): 10.4*
Berth No 5 – Design Depth (Metres): 12.5 – Actual Depth (Metres): 12.0*
* Revised or new entry.
Cancel notice: 939 (t) of 2012
AUS charts affected: 250
Maritime Safety Queensland charts affected: none
(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Queensland Notices to Mariners 1170 (Temporary) of 2012

DATE: October 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits Strong current at Bosphorus

The Bosphorus is closed to transits of tankers over 200 metres, due to strong current in the strait.
For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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