HOT Port News from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on November 9, 2012 at 11:18 PM

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

  • United States, New York, NewYork – Container terminals open
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Port of New York recovery update
  • Australia, Portland – Large vessels at K. S. Anderson Wharf Berth 1
  • Turkey, all ports – Change to number of tugs for towage

DATE: November 09, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Container terminals open

The container terminals at the Port of New York & New Jersey are open for business. All terminals are returning to normal operating hours.
Please continue to check the terminal websites for additional information. – APM Terminals (908) 558-6000 – Global Container Terminal (201) 706-4100 – Maher Terminal (908) 527-8200 – New York Container Terminal (718) 683-3210 – Port Newark Container Terminal (973) 465-0210 – Red Hook Container Terminal Brooklyn and Port Jersey (718) 875-0777 – Columbia Container Services Empty Depot Port Newark: Will open gates at 07:00 hours – SeaLink and TWIC offices are open
For real-time port status information, operation changes, service disruptions, terminal closures, and traffic conditions, subscribe to PortNYNJAlerts: http://paalerts.com/default_Port.aspx
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Advisory issued at 7am on 8 November 2012

DATE: November 09, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Port of New York recovery update

Sandy Hook Pilots are currently doing an assessment of all channels for debris and obstructions.
There have been no major reported problems as a result of the Nor’easter and operations are continuing at all approved facilities.
The US Coast Guard are continuing their facility assessments. Updates about additional facility openings will be given as they become available.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: November 09, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Portland Large vessels at K. S. Anderson Wharf Berth 1

Due to the limitations of the fender system on this berth [Berth 1 at K.S. Anderson Wharf] and pending the completion of further studies, assessments and remedial work on the fender system for this berth, some restrictions have been imposed during berthing and un-berthing of large vessels at this berth.
These restrictions have been imposed to enhance vessel safety during the berthing and un-berthing operation.
VESSELS AFFECTED: These restrictions apply to ALL vessels with an arrival or departure displacement greater than 40, 000 tonnes.
BERTHING: Berthing will take place in wind speeds (inclusive of gusts) of less than 20 knots from any direction. Furthermore, in instances when there is an onshore wind (wind direction from south-westerly to north-north-westerly), then the duty pilot after consulting with the Harbour Master may lower the wind speed limit for berthing to 15 knots (inclusive of gusts).
UNBERTHING: Un-berthing will take place in wind speeds of a maximum of 25 knots (inclusive of gusts) from any direction. Two tugs will be used for the un-berthing of all large vessels.
(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Port of Portland Harbour Master’s Notice 02/2012 dated 7 November 2012

DATE: November 09, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: all ports Change to number of tugs for towage

Changes have been made in the towage service application at Turkish Ports, specifically related to the number of the tugs to be used.
As per the new regulation, tankers and vessels with LOA over 200 metres must have efficient certified propulsive and thrusting capability to qualify for a decrease in the total number of tugs to be used.
For more information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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