HOT Port News from GAC

Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on December 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Los Angeles, California – Cargo handling resumed at ports
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Temporary closure of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade landing steps
  • Turkey, Turkish Straits – Strong current halts tanker transits
  • Panama, Panama Canal – Change in Issuance of PCSOPEP Notice of Acknowledgment (NOA)
  • Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 06/12/12

DATE: December 06, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Los Angeles, California Cargo handling resumed at ports

Cargo handling resumed at the ports of Long Beach (POLB) and Los Angeles (POLA) yesterday (5 December), after a settlement was reached between the Office Clerical Unit (OCU) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 and their employers.
The news came with great relief as an estimated 8 billion dollars in local economic growth has been lost since last Tuesday.
Although the ports re-opened this morning, it may take weeks to catch up to normal operations. With backlogs and shipments diverted to other ports, it will take time to see the amount of damage that was done due to the 8-day strike. The two ports handle nearly 40% of imports into the U.S.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: December 06, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Temporary closure of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade landing steps

The two public landing steps at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade will be temporarily closed to marine traffic from 1400 hours to 1600 hours on 9 December 2012 (Sunday) to facilitate a special event to take place along the Promenade.
Owners, operators, coxswains and person-in charge of vessels are advised to use other landing facilities in the vicinity during the period of closure.
(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.169 of 2012 dated 6 December 2012

DATE: December 06, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits Strong current halts tanker transits

The Bosphorus is today (6 December) closed to transits of tankers and vessels with maximum speed of below 9 knots due to strong current in the Strait.
For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

DATE: December 06, 2012 COUNTRY: Panama PORT: Panama Canal Change in Issuance of PCSOPEP Notice of Acknowledgment (NOA) 

In an effort to provide a better service and improve our efficiency, the Panama Canal Authority is in continuous review of its operational process. In addition, we are committed to reducing any adverse environmental impact of our operation.
As a result, beginning January 1, 2013, Notice of Acknowledgement (NOA) certificates for vessels complying with PCSOPEP requirements will only be issued electronically.
Electronic certificates will be issued to the plan writers who provide the PCSOPEPs, who in turn may furnish said certificate to their client. Vessels will not be sanctioned for failure to carry a NOA certificate on board; however, masters are encouraged to have knowledge of their current PCSOPEP status.
For vessels scheduled to arrive or who have previously transited the Canal, PCSOPEP status may be reviewed through the Enhanced Vessel Transit Management System (EVTMS) or the Customer Service Management System (CSMS).
For further information regarding the PCSOPEP program, you may contact the particular ACP office by phone at +(507) 276-4635 or by email at pcsopep@pancanal.com
(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)
Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No. A-29-2012 dated 3 December 2012

DATE: December 06, 2012 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 06/12/12

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 06/12/12
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aberdeen               0         0         1, 004.00  0
Aden                   745.00    0         1, 210.00  0
Alexandria             730.00    715.00    1, 250.00  0
Amsterdam              608.50    577.00    914.50    0
Antwerp                614.00    584.00    924.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 050.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 078.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         1, 007.00  0
Busan                  653.00    645.00    965.00    955.00
Cape Town              661.00    0         1, 001.00  0
Colombo                755.00    700.00    1, 115.00  0
Dubai                  610.00    600.00    860.00    0
Durban                 627.00    0         1, 112.00  0
Falmouth               661.50    620.50    975.00    0
Fawley                 0         0         1, 052.00  0
Felixstowe             0         0         1, 046.00  0
Fujairah               645.00    612.00    1, 020.00  0
Gibraltar              681.50    650.50    974.50    0
Grangemouth            0         0         1, 016.00  0
Harwich                0         0         1, 039.00  0
Hong Kong              630.50    620.50    975.50    970.50
Houston                670.00    600.00    1, 000.00  0
Immingham              0         0         979.00    0
Invergordon            0         0         1, 041.00  0
Istanbul               643.50    619.50    994.50    0
Jeddah                 725.00    715.00    1, 150.00  0
Kaohsiung              653.00    643.00    1, 006.00  991.00
Kuwait                 615.50    605.00    0         994.00
Leith                  0         0         1, 024.00  0
Malta                  693.50    663.50    960.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         998.00    0
Milford Haven          0         0         1, 017.35  0
Mumbai                 641.50    631.00    1, 075.50  0
New York & New Jersey  630.00    600.00    1, 015.00  0
Newport                0         0         1, 059.00  0
Nigg Bay               0         0         1, 041.00  0
Panama                 705.00    640.00    1, 035.00  0
Piraeus                683.50    653.50    959.50    0
Plymouth               0         0         1, 064.00  0
Port Said              0         0         0         0
Qatar                  0         0         920.00    0
Ramsgate               0         0         1, 046.00  0
Rio de Janeiro         616.00    592.50    1, 005.00  0
Rotterdam              616.50    585.00    922.50    0
Salalah                680.00    640.00    1, 135.00  0
Shanghai               656.00    636.50    1, 065.50  0
Sharjah                610.00    600.00    860.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         1, 046.00  0
Singapore              613.00    603.00    945.00    0
St Petersburg          579.50    564.50    0         0
Suez                   0         0         1, 150.00  0
Tees                   0         0         1, 032.00  0
Thames                 0         0         1, 025.00  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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