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Ports & Terminals — By on November 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

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

  • United States, all ports – Nor’easter preparation
  • United States, all ports – Huey P. Long Bridge Air-Draft Notifications
  • Hong Kong, all ports – Canoe Race in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong, all ports – Yacht and paddling boat races around Hong Kong Island
  • Australia, all ports – Australian ports update 

DATE: November 06, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Nor’easter preparation

At present the storm is expected to make landfall in the port Wednesday afternoon throughout the night until Thursday morning. Please note the following storm details as of 1600 hrs yesterday:
– Winds are expected from the northeast at 30-40 knots – Gusts are expected to be from 45-60 knots – Peak gusts are expected up to 70 knots – Storm surge is expected to be 2.5’-4.5’ – Average temperature is expected to be 40 degrees farenheit – Length of storm is expected to be approximately 12 hours
The port will be expected to follow standard severe weather practices for the COTP New York and New Jersey Zone. The COTP may, as warranted, impose additional vessel movement restrictions not specifically listed below. The COTP may also impose cargo and facility operation restrictions as conditions warrant. Sector New York may enact these practices based on actual or predicted conditions.
A. Winds sustained at 15 kts or gusting to 20 kts from the North or Northwest while on an ebb current: – All barges in the Bay Ridge anchorage shall have tugs alongside.
B. Winds sustained at 25 kts regardless of the wind or current direction: – All barges or “dead ships” in any anchorage not attached to a permanent mooring (i.e., Robbins Reef mooring ball) shall have tugs alongside. – All ships and tugs in an anchorage shall have their engines on-line. – All ships engaged in bunkering or lightering operations may have no more than one barge along side.
C. Gale Conditions: Winds sustained at 34 kts regardless of the wind or current direction: – All ships at anchor in Bayridge, Gravesend, Perth Amboy, or Anchorage 19 shall have a pilot aboard. – All lightering and bunkering operations shall be suspended with all barges removed from anchored vessels. – Based on their ship’s particular characteristics and loading conditions, masters of ships at anchor should consider ordering tugs to assist their vessels in maintaining position in the anchorage. – Vessels with a stability letter for protected water route shall cease operation.
D. Winds sustained at 40 kts regardless of the wind or current direction: – The transfer of hazardous cargo between vessels or barges and waterfront facilities shall be suspended. – All ships in Stapleton Anchorage shall have a pilot aboard or on immediate standby. All ships in all other anchorages within the port shall have a pilot aboard. – Barges may be ordered out of specific anchorages by the Captain of the Port. Tug/barge combinations may go to a berth or transit to an area, such as north of the George Washington Bridge, and anchor/ride out the storm. – Tug/barge combinations will not be ordered out of the Port of New York and New Jersey. – Depending on the actual harbor conditions, the Captain of the Port may impose restrictions on vessel movements into, out of, or within specific areas of the Upper or Lower Bay. – Unattended barges attached to mooring balls shall have at least one tug standing by in the immediate vicinity.
E. Winds sustained at 60 kts regardless of the wind or current direction: – The Captain of the Port may impose a complete harbor closure affecting all commercial operations. Light tugs assisting other vessels/barges and emergency vessels will normally be the only vessels allowed to operate during these conditions.
F. Line of severe thunderstorms or squall line approaching the area with expected winds greater than 25 kts: – The Captain of the Port may impose any of the restrictions outlined above as early as necessary to ensure safety measures are in place prior to the onset of the severe weather.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: November 06, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Huey P. Long Bridge Air-Draft Notifications

For the week of Monday November 5th, KMTC will be working above the main navigation channel on movable platforms from Monday November 5th through Saturday November 10th.
The below requirement for a 2 hour advance notice is applicable Monday through Saturday from 0700 hours to 1900 hours while workers are present.
The movable platforms reduce the vertical clearance of the Huey P. Long Bridge to 130 feet minus the Carrollton gage.
Below is KMTC’s work schedule for the period of November 5, 2012 through Saturday November 10, 2012.
Vessels with an air draft greater than 130 ft minus the Carrollton gage are required to give 2 hour notice of transit to the VTS while the platforms are in use so KMTC can move them towards Pier 2 to create a minimum navigation channel width of 500 ft.
– November 5th the horizontal clearance between the platforms will be 595′ or greater. – November 6th the horizontal clearance between the platforms will be 500′ or greater. – November 7th the clearance between the working platform and Pier 1 will be 350′. – November 8th KMTC will have one platform working in the main channel and one platform against Pier 2. (The clearance between the working platform and Pier 1 will be 340′.) – November 9th KMTC will have one platform working in the main channel and one platform against Pier 2. (The clearance between the working platform and Pier 1 will be 400′) – November 10th KMTC will have one platform at Pier 2 and one working off of Pier 1. (The horizontal clearance between the platforms will be 515′ or greater.)
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

DATE: November 06, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: all ports Canoe Race in Hong Kong

A canoe race will take place on 10 November 2012 (Saturday) from Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung to Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island. About 100 ocean surf-skis and outrigger canoes are expected to participate in the race.
The race will start off Clear Water Bay at 1000 hours and all participants are expected to arrive in Stanley Main Beach at 1300 hours on the same day, via South Ninepin Group and Cape D’Aguilar.
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 hongkong@gac.com Source: Marine Department – Government of the HKSAR
DATE: November 06, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: all ports Yacht and paddling boat races around Hong Kong Island ————— A large-scale yacht race and a paddling boat race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 11 November 2012 (Sunday). About 220 yachts, 18 canoes and 8 rowing boats are expected to participate in the race.
The yachts will set off at staggered times between 0815 hours and 0930 hours off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, sailing around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finish the race off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter by 1700 hours.
The canoes and boats will set off at 0815 hours at the south of Middle Island in a clockwise direction around Hong Kong Island, and finish the race in the vicinity of Middle Island by 1700 hours.
Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route 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 hongkong@gac.com Source: Marine Department – Government of the HKSAR

DATE: November 06, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Australian ports update

Below please find updates on Australian ports, including planned maintenance and scheduled shutdowns.
Abbot Point: Planned maintenance – 7th November, Wednesday from 0800 hours until 1300 hours – No ship loading.
Hay Point Coal Terminal: Scheduled shutdown – Due to the lack of coal supply and shipping, the terminal has decided to shut down Berth 1 between Monday 5th November to Thursday 8th November for maintenance.
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal: (Inloading) Scheduled shutdown – Regular fortnightly 12 hour shutdowns to coincide with QR maintenance 36 hour QR outage affecting all inloading from 6 November to  November.
(Outloading) Scheduled shutdown – SL1/BERTH 1 shutdown from 16 October to 26 November.
RG Tanna Coal Terminal: Scheduled maintenance: 13 to 15 November (3 days) – Ship loader No.3 27 to 29 November (3 days) – Ship loader No.1 15 to 17 January (3 days) – Ship loader No.2 5 to 7 February (3 days) – Ship loader No.3
Barney Point Coal Terminal: Scheduled maintenance: 11 to 15 February (5 days)
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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