HOT Port News from GAC

Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on October 31, 2012 at 9:40 PM

HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

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

  • Angola, Malongo Terminal – Force Majeure declared at Kuito
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Port Authority staff assessing hurricane damage
  • United States, New York, NewYork – NY transportation facilities update
  • United States, Baltimore, Maryland – ZULU lifted
  • United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Port Condition downgraded
  • Singapore, Singapore – Construction of solid handling pier and protection bund
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Potential industrial dispute at BHPB Appin Mine
  • Ecuador, all ports – National Holiday in Ecuador
  • Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/10/12 

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: Angola PORT: Malongo Terminal Force Majeure declared at Kuito

A Force Majeure has been declared at Kuito Terminal in Malongo.
For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Port Authority staff assessing hurricane damage

Port Authority staff has been on-site today to assess the damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The current status is as follows:
No electrical power and no time frame for repair – Channels closed – Roads covered with debris and traffic signals out of service – Rail track has been compromised – Fence lines – widespread disrepair
Port Authority staff is working to clear roads and is communicating with the container terminal operators and major tenants to coordinate the clean up and reinstatement of service.
Only select essential personnel are permitted on port at this time. All non-essential personnel will be denied access by PAPD at port entrances.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port Commerce Department

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork NY transportation facilities update

Port Authority staff and engineers are on site at all Port Authority facilities to inspect conditions and assess damage. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our workers and those who use our facilities. We will resume operations at our facilities as early as possible, but only when it is safe to do so.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports the following update on conditions at its transportation facilities as of 8:45pm [local time on 30 October 2012].
AIRPORTS In preparation of the opening of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) tomorrow, some airlines will land planes at the airport beginning at 10pm tonight. JFK will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00am, however, carriers will be providing limited service. Newark Liberty International also will open tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00am, however carriers will be providing limited service. LaGuardia and Teterboro airports remain closed at this time. Stewart International Airport is open, but running limited operations. As airports ramp up service this week, passengers are strongly urged to confirm with their individual carriers regarding flight status in the coming days before traveling to the airports. Rail service on AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark is suspended until further notice.
TUNNELS & BRIDGES The George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing are open. The Holland Tunnel is closed under further notice. The Lincoln Tunnel remains open.
PATH All PATH service is suspended until further notice.
PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL All public and private bus service is currently suspended. However, some bus carriers may resume service in the early morning hours. Passengers are urged to check with their carrier before leaving for the bus terminal.
WORLD FINANCIAL FERRY TERMINAL The first ferries will run between New Jersey and New York from 7am until 6:30pm tomorrow [31 October], starting from Paulus Hook, Weehawken and Hoboken North at 14th Street and going to the World Financial Ferry Terminal in Battery Park City. For further information, customers should go to nywaterway.com.
PORTS The Port Authority’s maritime facilities are closed until further notice.
For up-to-date information on our facilities, follow us on Twitter @PANYNJ. For further information for New York State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch. For New Jersey, visit www.ready.nj.gov.
CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Press Release No.172-2012 dated 30 October 2012

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Baltimore, Maryland ZULU lifted

U.S. Coast Guards Captain of the Port (COTPs), Sector Baltimore, Hampton Roads, and Delaware Bay, have lifted Maritime Condition ZULU.
COTP Baltimore has issued Maritime Condition X-Ray as of 11:30 today, until additional surveys can be completed. MPA expects to have all restrictions lifted later this evening.
This means that  Cape Henry is open and vessels are starting to move to their designated berths. For additional information – http://homeport.uscg.mil/baltimore- Maritime Safety & Security Bulleting (MSSB) 31-12.
Vessel cargo operations will resume tonight, October 30, 2012, at 1900 hours.
All truck gates will reopen tomorrow morning at normal times at which time all port operations will return to normal.
Any questions, please contact MPA Operations Department at 410.633.1077.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC UYSA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Maryland Department of Transportation – Port Administration notice dated 30 October 2012

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Port Condition downgraded

The Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay, has determined that Hurricane Sandy has diminished and poses no further threat to the port. Initial port assessments have been completed and will continue until all hazards are identified and mitigated.
The Port Condition has been downgraded from Zulu to a Seasonal Alert…
…All normal cargo operations may resume throughout the Port at the discretion of terminal operators and within their own safety limitations due to the possibly of continued wind gusts over the next 48 hours.
Mariners are advised to take caution when transiting the river and bay due to swift currents and the increased presence of debris and other hazards to navigation. It should also be assumed that all Aids to Navigation are unreliable until the Coast Guard can conduct verification of each aid.
The Captain of the Port Sector Delaware Bay strongly encourages mariners of small recreational vessels and vessels made of non-steel material to avoid transiting the waterway until tides and debris volume return to normal levels.
The Coast Guard continues to ask for a collaborative effort from port members in reporting any hazardous conditions or breakaway of vessels over the course of the next few days until all Port conditions return to normal.
(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 No.19-12 dated 30 October 2012

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Construction of solid handling pier and protection bund

The working area has been revised and the working period has been extended for the construction of solid handling pier and protection bund at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Sigapore’s Port Marine Notice No.156 of 2012 dated 29 October 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 14 November 12 to 13 May 2013, within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum): A)  01° 17.074’N / 103° 42.002’E B)  01° 17.137’N / 103° 41.961’E C)  01° 17.105’N / 103° 41.931’E D)  01° 17.148’N / 103° 41.885’E     (PAC Toa 1/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 2s) E)  01° 17.272’N / 103° 41.999’E     (PAC Toa 2/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 4s) E1) 01° 17.186’N / 103° 42.031’E     (PAC Toa 2A/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 8s) F)  01° 17.117’N / 103° 42.071’E F1) 01° 17.112’N / 103° 42.064’E     (PAC Toa 3/ Yellow Bouy /FL Y 6s) G)  01° 17.100’N / 103° 42.044’E H)  01° 17.074’N / 103° 42.060’E I)  01° 17.250’N / 103° 42.069’E J)  01° 17.209’N / 103° 42.088’E
Construction of the jetty will entail piling, concrete works, installation of walkways, marine fendering system and mooring facilities. Piling and concrete works will be carried out by work barges.
Construction of the protection sand bund wall will also be carried out within the working area.
Safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity 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 area, mariners are reminded to: (a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed & 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 31, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Port Kembla Potential industrial dispute at BHPB Appin Mine

According to local reports, mine supervisors at the Appin mine have voted in favour of industrial action, ranging from brief stop-work meetings to week-long stoppages, which may halt mining production.
The mine supervisors at Appin have been in dispute with Illawarra Coal that is own by BHPB over pay and awards.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: October 31, 2012 COUNTRY: Ecuador PORT: all ports National Holiday in Ecuador

Friday 2 November is a National Holiday in Ecuador, and most public services will be closed. Ports and terminals, however, will work normally during these days.
(For information about operations in Ecuador contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: Ultramar Network Ecuador – GAC network agent
DATE: October 31, 2012 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/10/12 ————— GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/10/12
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aberdeen               0         0         1, 011.00  0
Aden                   735.00    0         1, 204.00  0
Alexandria             778.00    720.00    1, 200.00  0
Amsterdam              625.00    601.00    959.00    0
Antwerp                626.00    592.00    952.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 060.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 065.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         1, 031.00  0
Busan                  673.00    655.00    975.00    965.00
Cape Town              671.00    0         1, 020.00  0
Colombo                785.00    730.00    1, 140.00  0
Dubai                  640.00    625.00    870.00    0
Durban                 645.00    0         1, 120.00  0
Falmouth               697.00    638.00    1, 005.00  0
Fawley                 0         0         1, 085.00  0
Felixstowe             0         0         1, 077.00  0
Fujairah               640.00    620.00    1, 025.00  0
Gibraltar              709.50    682.50    1, 003.50  0
Grangemouth            0         0         1, 046.00  0
Harwich                0         0         1, 058.00  0
Hong Kong              647.50    634.50    962.50    960.50
Houston                679.00    608.00    1, 035.00  0
Immingham              0         0         998.00    0
Invergordon            0         0         1, 054.00  0
Istanbul               675.50    649.50    1, 024.50  0
Jeddah                 715.00    700.00    1, 085.00  0
Kaohsiung              675.00    663.00    1, 005.00  990.00
Kuwait                 628.50    615.00    0         1, 004.00
Leith                  0         0         1, 054.00  0
Malta                  724.50    700.50    987.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         1, 022.00  0
Milford Haven          0         0         1, 067.00  0
Mumbai                 656.00    642.50    1, 076.50  0
New York & New Jersey  645.00    615.00    1, 020.00  0
Newport                0         0         1, 073.00  0
Nigg Bay               0         0         1, 054.00  0
Panama                 705.00    645.00    1, 050.00  0
Plymouth               0         0         1, 078.00  0
Port Said              740.00    720.00    1, 250.00  0
Qatar                  0         0         930.00    0
Ramsgate               0         0         1, 077.00  0
Rio de Janeiro         637.00    613.50    1, 025.00  0
Rotterdam              619.00    594.00    952.00    0
Salalah                700.00    660.00    1, 145.00  0
Shanghai               665.50    647.50    1, 067.50  0
Sharjah                640.00    625.00    870.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         1, 077.00  0
Singapore              626.00    618.00    925.00    0
St Petersburg          565.50    550.50    0         0
Suez                   718.00    709.00    1, 150.00  0
Tees                   0         0         1, 056.00  0
Thames                 0         0         1, 044.00  0

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The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be approached directly for firm prices.
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