HOT Port News from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on November 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

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

  • United States, all ports – Hurricane Sandy updates (07 November)
  • United States, all ports – Hurricane Sandy interim processes for New York and Newarke related goods
  • United States, Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania – Marcus Hook anchorage Safety Zone
  • United States, Galveston, Texas – Draft Houston Ship Channel
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging works off Pasir Panjang Terminal
  • Italy, Trieste – Trieste Port Tariff Updates
  • Trinidad & Tobago, all ports – Trinidad Upcoming Holiday

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Hurricane Sandy updates (07 November)

Below are some updates from major oil terminals due to Hurricane Sandy:
1) Current status of Motiva Sewaren marine berths:
North Outer Ship/Barge Berth: OPEN North Inner Barge Berth: CLOSED
South Outer Ship/Barge Berth: CLOSED South Inner Barge Berth: CLOSED
2) Current status of IMTT Terminal:
90% of IMTT piers are operating including ship berths Pier A, 5C, 1 and 5B as well as other berths for tug refueling and barges.
The oil spill cleanup continues on the Arthur Kill. Operations may have been suspended yesterday afternoon (local time) in order to prepare for the pending weather system to the region.
VTS has established the 25 knots restriction measures at all anchorages: All barges or ships anchored in a “dead ship status” in any anchorage not attached to permanent mooring shall have tugs alongside. All barges alongside anchored ships shall have tugs alongside. All ships and tugs in an anchorage shall have their engines online. All ships engaged in bunkering or lightering operations may have no more than one barge alongside.
VTS has also established 15 knot wind measures for the AK-2 Dredge Zone: Car carriers, container ships, container barges, tankers in ballast and vessels towing astern may not transit the AK- 2 Dredge Zone.
With regards to the restrictions of the AK-2 Dredge zone, please note this only affects containers ships going into or out of Howland Hook / NYCT, this does not impact Newark Bay. Also, any tanker looking to go into the Arthur Kill cannot do so if in ballast condition from the Northway, however they can proceed via the southway but must do so under strict communications with the VTS.
For information about operaions in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Hurricane Sandy interim processes for New York and Newarke related goods

Several interim measures have been put in place for New York and Newark related goods.
Cargo Release: Due to the continued interruption of cargo and release services in the Ports of Newark and New York as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the following interim measures have been instituted to facilitate the release of cargo:
Vessels that have current manifest and entries filed for the Ports of New York and Newark will leave their data as is and not re-file at the diversion Port of Entry. Vessels that have manifests re-filed for the diversion Ports of Entry with all entries still filed at New York and Newark will again re-file their manifest back to the Ports of New York and Newark. All future vessels without entry and manifest data filed will be required to file at the actual port of arrival. Carriers may not see a release message electronically releasing the cargo and may accept stamped “delivery authorized” paperwork from CBP at the Port of Arrival if they would like a paper copy of the documentation. Carriers, Importers, and Brokers will not incur penalties for diverting cargo without changing the manifest and entry data electronically. Also, Carriers and Importers will not incur penalties for removing containers from the yard for delivery without having an electronic release message.
All vessels that have already diverted to another Port of Entry from the New York and Newark region and have manifests arrived by CBP should not alter their manifest at this time. These vessels will not receive electronic release notification and will be required to utilize the stamped “delivery authorized” paperwork to remove the container from the yard.
Because electronic systems will show the Port of Arrival as New York or Newark respectively, each vessel will be required to report the intended arrival telephonically to the diversion port. The phone number for each diversion port is as follows:
– Port of Boston (Port Code 0401): 617-443-4134 ext. 100 (Port open regular business hours Monday through Friday 7am – 8pm) – Port of Philadelphia (Port Code 1101): 215-717-5950 or 215-717-5951 – Port of Baltimore (Port Code 1303): 24 hour number 443-224-3642 – Port of Norfolk (Port Code 1401): 24 hour number 757-533-4218 – Port of Charleston (Port Code 1601): 24 hour number 843-579-6513 – Port of Savannah (Port Code 1703): 24 hour number 912-232-7507
Entry Summary: The following interim measures have been instituted to facilitate the submission of entry summary documents and associated payments until the normal business operations can be resumed:
Filers that are able to submit their entry summary and payment via ABI/ACH should resume normal processing.
Filers that are unable to submit their entry summary and payment via check or ABI/ACH have the following options for submission:
– Importers and filers may use FedWire to transmit monies owed directly to the Office of Administration, Revenue Division (OA/RD) for processing. Entry summaries should not be sent to OA/RD, but submitted to the appropriate port.
Fedwire payments should include the purpose of the payment on the Originator to Beneficiary Information, and supporting documentation should be sent via email to cashier@cbp.dhs.gov.
– For shipments released in the Ports of Newark, New York, and JFK, the importer or filer may submit the payment directly to the Port of Newark or JFK or to the OA/RD for processing. Entry summaries should be submitted to the appropriate port.
For payments submitted directly to the OA/RD, checks along with supporting documentation (such as entry number, bill number, case number, etc.) for the payment can be sent to:
Customs and Border Protection Revenue Division PO Box 68907 Indianapolis, IN 46268-0907
(Overnight Delivery) Customs and Border Protection Revenue Division 6650 Telecom Drive, Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46278
Broker Permits: Filers that will be temporarily conducting business in Norfolk, Baltimore, or Philadelphia, and that are not currently permitted in that port, may obtain a temporary local permit by contacting the Broker Management Officer at the port. The required fee will be waived.
information about operaions in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania Marcus Hook anchorage Safety Zone 

According to the Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-12 issued by the US Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, a safety zone has been established around the Dredge ESSEX while it operates within the southern portion Marcus Hook Range. The safety zone will remain in effect until further notice.
During this period, vessel traffic will be rerouted through the lower portion of the anchorage. Vessels desiring to anchor within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance.
The COTP will permit one vessel at a time, on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.
The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port. Vessels should operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com Source: USCG Sector Delaware Bay

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Galveston, Texas Draft Houston Ship Channel

Dredging of the Galveston Bay Entrance Channel has been completed and the Houston Pilots are lifting the 43’06” draft restriction. Vessels with 45’ 00” draft FW are now accepted.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com Source: Houston Pilots

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Dredging works off Pasir Panjang Terminal

According to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.161 of 2012 dated 07 November 2012, there has been an extension of working period for the dredging works off Pasir Panjang Terminal.
Dredging works will take place from 09 Nov 12 to 14 Nov 12, 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.
The working area is bonded by the following coordinates:
A: 01°16.668’N / 103°46.581’E B: 01°16.543’N / 103°46.790’E C: 01°16.360’N / 103°46.682’E D: 01°16.485’N / 103°46.473’E
Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredger, “Suez No. 5” held in position by 2 spuds as anchors. The dredger, with hopper barge in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barge assisted by pusher tugs.
During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats when required. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft to keep clear of the working area.
When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) keep well clear of the safety working zone of the dredger; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a  safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel  25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and (e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: Italy PORT: Trieste Trieste Port Tariff Updates

With effect from 15th November 2012, Thursday, Trieste will be increasing their port tariffs for Launch Services.
There will be an increase of about 15%. Below is the list of the basic rates applied for each service:
– Transportation of persons (within the capacity limit): €303, 02
– Transportation of goods up to 2.500 Kgs: €377, 20 – Transportation of goods over 2.500 Kgs (for each additional 100 kgs, or fraction, for single weights less than 100 kgs): €13, 80
For information about operations in Italy contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com Source: Ant. Topic S.r.l. – Trieste

DATE: November 08, 2012 COUNTRY: Trinidad & Tobago PORT: all ports Trinidad Upcoming Holiday

Please note that Tuesday November 13th is a public holiday in Trinidad, in celebration of Diwali.
For information about operations in Trinidad & Tobago contact the GAC Trinidad & Tobago at trinidad@gac.com

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