HOT Port News from GAC

Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on November 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM

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

  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chamber closure
  • United States, Cold Bay, Alaska – Coast Guard repsonse to Alaskan tug & barge grounding
  • United States, New York, NewYork – Spire sets sail for One WTC
  • Japan, all ports – National Holiday in Japan
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Pilots’ six-hour work stoppage *
  • Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 22/11/12 

DATE: November 22, 2012 COUNTRY: Germany PORT: Kiel Canal Lock chamber closure

The Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that due to urgent repair works, the New Big North Lock Chamber in Kiel will be out of service from 0730 on 26 November until about 0800 on 30 November.
The New Big North Lock Chamber is expected to be back in service during the night-time of Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday/Friday.
During aforementioned time period the old North lock will be in service to avoid heavy delays.
(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)
Source: Sartori & Berger GmbH, Germany – GAC network agent
DATE: November 22, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Cold Bay, Alaska Coast Guard repsonse to Alaskan tug & barge grounding

The Unified Command is deploying survey and response crews to inspect a tug and barge that are aground on Ukolnoi Island, 40 miles east of Cold Bay, Wednesday [21 November].
The crews will conduct dive surveys, assess the hull condition of the tug and use sonar to survey the area around the vessels. The crews will also tend to the boom around the tug, measure the amount of fuel onboard the tug and address any new pollution issues they encounter….
….The unified command is also staging crews and equipment in King Cove to respond once the area surveys are completed and weather conditions on scene improve…..
….A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak-based HC-130 Hercules aircrew conducted an aerial survey of the vessels Tuesday and reported that the vessels remain aground and there were no signs of pollution, additional damage or visible wildlife impacts. The flyover was the first survey since Saturday due to a winter storm that passed through the area, which kept response crews from safely arriving.
An aerial survey conducted Friday detected a fuel sheen around the grounded tug. Response crews were able to quickly arrive on scene and deploy containment and absorbent boom to help minimize any environmental impact.
The five-person crew of the Polar Wind was rescued Nov. 13 after the tug ran aground and began taking on water. The crew was reportedly attempting to recover the barge after their towline parted.
The fuel quantity aboard the Polar Wind has been reported as more than 20, 500 gallons of diesel and the barge is reportedly carrying 1, 800 gallons of diesel and 90 refrigerated cargo containers, 30 of which contain frozen fish.
For the latest information please visit: http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/polarwind.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: Extract from U.S. Coast Guard, District 17 Anchorage, News release dated 21 November 2012

DATE: November 22, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New York, NewYork Spire sets sail for One WTC

The spire that will crown the jewel of the Manhattan skyline is making its way over the holiday weekend to One World Trade Center.
A barge carrying eight of the 18 sections of spire for One WTC is en route to New York City on a 1, 500 nautical-mile journey south from Canada down the Atlantic seaboard on the Atlantic Salvor barge. The vessel left Valleyfield, Quebec, on November 16 and is expected to arrive early next week at Port Newark.
The sections of the spire, ranging in weight from approximately five tons to more than 67 tons, will then be readied for transfer to Lower Manhattan. The remaining smaller pieces, which will travel from Canada via truck, are expected to arrive in mid-December.
The progress of the barge and spire may be tracked online at WTC Spire Tracking as the steel makes its way to the region — much like the way the world tracks Santa’s travels on Christmas Eve. Once the 408-foot spire is installed atop One World Trade, the building will stand 1, 776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Installation is expected to take approximately three months, depending upon weather conditions….
(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.199-2012 dated 21 November 2012

DATE: November 22, 2012 COUNTRY: Japan PORT: all ports National Holiday in Japan

Tomorrow (Friday 23 November) is a national holiday in Japan for the Labour Thanksgiving Day.
For information about operations in Japan contact GAC Singapore’s Hub Agency Centre at hub.sg@gac.com
DATE: November 22, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Port Kembla Pilots’ six-hour work stoppage ————— Port Kembla Port Authority has advised that marine pilots will hold a six-hour stop work meeting between 0600 and 1200 hours on Monday (26 November).
Present indications are that three vessels (including two coal ships) originally scheduled for pilotage during this period will have to defer their time slots until the pilots resume work after the meeting.
According to the notification, the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and the Port Kembla Marine Pilots advise that their protective action for no night movements (1800-0600 hours) will cease on Saturday (24 November) but the following protected action will continue:
1) No roster reliefs for pilotage duties on rostered days off or annual leave or long service leave or personal leave.
2) No attendance for work outside rostered hours – this will include no receiving or sending of  emails and text messages or phone calls.
3) All work to be performed by rostered staff
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: November 22, 2012 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 22/11/12

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 22/11/12
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aberdeen               0         0         973.00    0
Aden                   750.00    0         1, 204.00  0
Alexandria             730.00    715.00    1, 250.00  0
Amsterdam              610.50    585.00    930.50    0
Antwerp                618.00    588.00    950.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 042.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 073.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         995.00    0
Busan                  670.00    650.00    960.00    950.00
Cape Town              660.00    0         1, 015.00  0
Colombo                760.00    705.00    1, 120.00  0
Dubai                  610.00    600.00    850.00    0
Durban                 625.00    0         1, 080.00  0
Falmouth               679.00    629.50    993.00    0
Fawley                 0         0         1, 041.00  0
Felixstowe             0         0         1, 040.00  0
Fujairah               630.00    610.00    1, 010.00  0
Gibraltar              694.50    659.50    983.50    0
Grangemouth            0         0         1, 007.00  0
Harwich                0         0         1, 006.00  0
Hong Kong              631.00    619.50    964.50    959.50
Houston                680.00    610.00    1, 040.00  0
Immingham              0         0         946.00    0
Invergordon            0         0         1, 009.00  0
Istanbul               625.50    610.50    979.50    0
Jeddah                 725.00    715.00    1, 150.00  0
Kaohsiung              659.00    649.00    1, 002.00  987.00
Kuwait                 618.00    607.00    0         992.50
Leith                  0         0         1, 014.00  0
Malta                  710.50    686.50    965.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         986.00    0
Milford Haven          0         0         1, 030.70  0
Mumbai                 646.50    635.50    1, 070.50  0
New York & New Jersey  653.00    623.00    1, 050.00  0
Newport                0         0         1, 050.00  0
Nigg Bay               0         0         1, 009.00  0
Panama                 715.00    650.00    1, 060.00  0
Piraeus                700.50    668.50    972.50    0
Plymouth               0         0         1, 055.00  0
Port Said              725.00    715.00    1, 250.00  0
Qatar                  0         0         925.00    0
Ramsgate               0         0         1, 040.00  0
Rio de Janeiro         630.00    606.50    1, 005.00  0
Rotterdam              618.50    593.00    938.50    0
Salalah                705.00    665.00    1, 115.00  0
Shanghai               654.50    634.50    1, 064.50  0
Sharjah                610.00    600.00    850.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         1, 040.00  0
Singapore              611.00    603.00    913.00    0
St Petersburg          574.50    559.50    0         0
Suez                   710.00    715.00    1, 250.00  0
Tees                   0         0         1, 020.00  0
Thames                 0         0         992.00    0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.
The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be approached directly for firm prices.
Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com Europe:  bunker.gb@gac.com Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com Americas: bunker.us@gac.com Asia Pacific:  bunker.sg@gac.com Indian Subcontinent:   bunker.sl@gac.com
Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or with your bunker enquiry.

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