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Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on December 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

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

  • United Arab Emirates, Mina Saqr – Towing Approval Certificate for tug/barge
  • Singapore, Singapore – Construction works at Raffles Pier
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging off Pulau Bukom
  • Australia, all ports – Improving response to marine pollution emergencies
  • Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 12/12/12 

DATE: December 12, 2012 COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates PORT: Mina Saqr Towing Approval Certificate for tug/barge

Due to the repeated disaster of towing lines/lridle breakages happening to combinations afloat inside the harbour and hence pertaining safety of navigation at Saqr Port to a great risk, [vessels] are hereby reminded to submit “Towing Approval Certificate” along with “Sailing Instructions” issued within 24 hours to commence the voyage by any relevant surveyor to the Marine Dept prior collecting P.C. and arranging the combination for sailing.
(For information about operations at Mina Saqr contact GAC Ras Al Khaimah at rasalkhamaih@gac.com)
Source: Saqr Port Authority notice dated 12 December 2012

DATE: December 12, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Construction works at Raffles Pier

The working period has been extended for construction works at Raffles Pier off Keppel Shipyard.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapores Port Marine Notice No.179 of 2012, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – until 6 Mar 2013, within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84): 1) 01° 17.757’N / 103° 39.393’E 2) 01° 17.732’N / 103° 39.364’E 3) 01° 17.749’N / 103° 39.350’E 4) 01° 17.686’N / 103° 39.276’E 5) 01° 17.714’N / 103° 39.252’E 6) 01° 17.721’N / 103° 39.260’E
The construction works will entail demolition, extension works and installation of fenders for the new pier.
The crane barge will be held in position by four-point anchoring system.
There will be a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the crane barge Safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the operation.
When in  the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution; (d) maintain  a  listening  watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Panjang Control); and (e) communicate with Jurong Control on Channel 22 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: December 12, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Dredging off Pulau Bukom

The working period for dredging works off Pulau Bukom has been extended.
According to the Maritime and POrt Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.178 of 2012, the works are now being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – until 28 February 2013 within working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
Working Area “A” 1) 1° 14.556’N / 103° 46.104’E 2) 1° 14.326’N / 103° 46.296’E 3) 1° 14.260’N / 103° 46.219’E 4) 1° 14.491’N / 103° 46.026’E
Working Area “B” 5) 1° 14.375’N / 103° 46.065’E 6) 1° 14.238’N / 103° 46.195’E 7) 1° 14.189’N / 103° 46.144’E 8) 1° 14.326’N / 103° 46.014’E
Working Area “C” 9)  1° 14.189’N / 103° 46.222’E 10) 1° 14.068’N / 103° 46.363’E 11) 1° 14.034’N / 103° 46.334’E 12) 1° 14.154’N / 103° 46.193’E
Dredging works will be carried out by the dredger “Pandora” which will be held in position by 3 spuds system. There will be a circular safety working zone of 70-metres radius centred at the dredger. Dredged aterials will be transported to the designated umping ground by the hopper barges assisted by usher tugs. Only one dredger, hopper barge  nd two tugs will be working at any one time.
During the operation, the dredger and hopper arge will be attended by tug boats. The tug oats will be used to shift the dredger and hopper barges, when required to clear the fairway for vessels for berthing or unberthing operations.
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 and not to enter the working area; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control); and (e) communicate with West Control on Channel 68 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: December 12, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Improving response to marine pollution emergencies

The search is underway for new emergency towage services to help manage maritime pollution incidents around Australia.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released a Request For Tender for a level-two emergency towage contract which will come into effect in June next year.
While the safety standards of commercial shipping have steadily improved, internal experience has shown that a single major pollution incident can result in huge losses, not only to the marine environment, but also to coastal communities, and recreational and commercial activities.
Under the contract, suitably equipped tugs will be required to respond at short notice to perform first-strike emergency towage services in the event of shipping incidents or casualties.
A harbour-tug provider in each of the ten regions around Australia may be contracted to maintain that capability. Two new regions have been added, reflecting the massive growth in shipping in central Queensland and south-western Australia.
With these available resources, AMSA will be able to continue to remove, or at least significantly reduce, the threat of pollution through greater coverage of the Australian coast.
The RFT has been on released on AusTender – www.austender.gov.au – and details are also available at www.amsa.gov.au.
(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (www.amsa.gov.au) Media Release dated 12 December 2012

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

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 12/12/12
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aberdeen               0         0         0         0
Aden                   745.00    0         1, 210.00  0
Alexandria             730.00    720.00    1, 200.00  0
Amsterdam              592.00    568.00    881.00    0
Antwerp                605.00    575.00    907.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 050.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 043.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         0         0
Busan                  658.00    643.00    960.00    950.00
Cape Town              660.00    0         1, 007.00  0
Colombo                755.00    695.00    1, 115.00  0
Dubai                  610.00    600.00    850.00    0
Durban                 612.00    0         1, 100.00  0
Falmouth               654.50    617.50    960.00    0
Fawley                 0         0         0         0
Felixstowe             0         0         0         0
Fujairah               640.00    598.00    1, 005.00  0
Gibraltar              682.50    649.50    948.50    0
Grangemouth            0         0         0         0
Harwich                0         0         0         0
Hong Kong              622.00    615.00    942.00    937.00
Houston                672.00    604.00    1, 005.00  0
Immingham              0         0         0         0
Invergordon            0         0         0         0
Istanbul               636.50    610.50    974.50    0
Jeddah                 710.00    700.00    1, 130.00  0
Kaohsiung              647.00    637.00    976.00    961.00
Kuwait                 608.00    595.00    0         989.00
Leith                  0         0         0         0
Malta                  698.50    668.50    928.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         0         0
Milford Haven          0         0         0         0
Mumbai                 637.50    624.50    1, 049.50  0
New York & New Jersey  634.00    605.00    1, 010.00  0
Newport                0         0         0         0
Nigg Bay               0         0         0         0
Panama                 715.00    645.00    1, 045.00  0
Piraeus                683.50    660.50    925.50    0
Plymouth               0         0         0         0
Port Said              0         0         0         0
Qatar                  0         0         900.00    0
Ramsgate               0         0         0         0
Rio de Janeiro         616.00    592.50    1, 005.00  0
Rotterdam              600.00    576.00    889.00    0
Salalah                680.00    640.00    1, 105.00  0
Shanghai               652.00    632.50    1, 045.50  0
Sharjah                610.00    600.00    850.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         0         0
Singapore              609.00    600.00    903.00    0
St Petersburg          565.50    550.50    0         0
Suez                   0         0         0         0
Tees                   0         0         0         0
Thames                 0         0         0         0

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