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Ports & Terminals — By on November 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

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

  • Vietnam, all ports – Vietnamese authorities recapture hijacked tanker
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Laying of water pipeline from Convention & Exhibition Centre to Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Stop-work meeting cancelled
  • Australia, Newcastle – Vessel Arrival System
  • Turkey, Ambarli – Changes to towage application 

DATE: November 23, 2012 COUNTRY: Vietnam PORT: all ports Vietnamese authorities recapture hijacked tanker

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) commends the actions of Vietnamese authorities for the recapture of a vessel hijacked and taken to their waters.
The Malaysian-owned tanker lost communication on 17 November 2012 whilst en route from Pasir Gudang to the port of Miri. Following an IMB alert, Vietnamese authorities were able to intercept the vessel and arrest 11 suspects on 22 November 2012. The vessel’s crew had been cast adrift the previous day and had been rescued by fishermen.
The vessel had been repainted and reflagged in an effort to conceal its identity.
This is the first case of a laden tanker being hijacked in the region for a number of years. Every year there are a few cases of tugs and barges being hijacked in south east Asia.
IMB Piracy Reporting Centre Manager Noel Choong commented: “The response by the Vietnamese authorities was positive and effective. The IMB hopes that in co-ordination with other law enforcement agencies in the region this incident will be further investigated and the criminals who set up this hijacking be held to account.”
The IMB recommends that all ships in the area maintain anti-piracy watches, especially at night, in Asian waters.
(For information about operations in Vietnam contact the GAC Singapore Hub Agency Centre at hub.sg@gac.com)
Source: International Maritime Bureau (IMB – www.icc-ccs.org) update dated 23 November 2012

DATE: November 23, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Laying of water pipeline from Convention & Exhibition Centre to Tsim Sha Tsui 

For approximately 12 months, marine works involving backfilling operations and sounding survey will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H) via (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G) and the adjacent shorelines: (A) 22º 17.009’N / 114º 10.305’E (B) 22º 17.004’N / 114º 10.232’E (C) 22º 17.093’N / 114º 10.267’E (D) 22º 17.238’N / 114º 10.341’E (E) 22º 17.451’N / 114º 10.364’E (F) 22º 17.593’N / 114º 10.344’E (G) 22º 17.578’N / 114º 10.453’E (H) 22º 17.090’N / 114º 10.395’E
The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, one split hopper barge, one derrick barge, one tug and one work boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.
A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger and each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger and barges.
The works will be carried out round-the-clock.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.160 of 2012 dated 22 November 2012

DATE: November 23, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Port Kembla Stop-work meeting cancelled

Port Kembla Port Authority has advised that the marine pilots’ six-hour stop-work meeting planned for Monday (26 November) has been cancelled.
The following protected action, however, will continue:
1) No roster reliefs for pilotage duties will be performed 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 emails, text messages or phone calls.
3) All work to be performed within the rostered staff.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: November 23, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Newcastle Vessel Arrival System

Newcastle Port Corporation is urging vessels to expedite to meet the estimated loading time given at the time of the NAT notification at this time of low queues.
The Newcastle Port Corporation’s Vessel Arrival System commenced on 1 June 2010.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: November 23, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Ambarli Changes to towage application

Changes have been made to the towage service application at Ambarli and Turkish Ports regarding the number of the tugs to be used.
Vessels that have bow and stern propeller or system, excluding tankers carrying LPG, LNG and flammable, explosive dangerous cargo and vessels and sea vehicles over 200 meters may be allowed to come into the port and depart, provided that total tractive force is not decreased more than 30%, with number of towboats that is one less that the towboat provided that one towboat in tractive force of gross tonnage interval and at least one towboat for vessels that has only bow propeller/thruster or system upon vessel authorities’ to submit documents as to propeller or systems and written statement to port head that they work with full capacity when they come into port area.
Vessels must have efficient certified propulsive and thrusting capability to qualify for the reduction in the total tug number to be used. The minimum power of total propelling of vessels to benefit from these exemptions is stated below:
Vessel’s GT tonnage: 5001-15000 – Total power of propellers or systems: 750 KW
Vessel’s GT tonnage: 15001-30000 – Total power of propellers or systems: 1000 KW
Vessel’s GT tonnage: 30001-45000 – Total power of propellers or systems: 1250 KW
Vessel’s GT tonnage: 5001-15000 – Total power of propellers or systems: 750 KW
Vessel’s GT tonnage: 45001-60000 – Total power of propellers or systems: 1500 KW
Vessel’s GT tonnage: Over 60000 – Total power of propellers or systems: 1750 KW
Vessels and sea vehicles that do not have propellers having this power cannot benefit from these exemptions.
For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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