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Ports & Terminals — By on December 19, 2012 at 9:35 PM

GAClogo_cmykYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
 * United States, all ports – Port strike looms as talks break down
 * Canada, all ports – Designated Carrier Code
 * United States, Delaware River – Mantua Creek Safety Zone cancelled
 * Singapore, Singapore – Revised working details for dredging works
 * Turkey, Turkish Straits – Boat services likely affected by bad weather
 * Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 19/12/12

DATE: December 19, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports Port strike looms as talks break down

A strike at container ports from Boston to Houston is possible after federally-mediated talks broke down late yesterday (Tuesday 18 December).

The dispute is between the International Longshoremen’s Association, which 14, 500 dock workers at all major ports along the East and Gulf Coasts, and the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents management at the ports, terminals and shipping lines. The dock workers union, which has not gone on strike since 1977, threatens to walk out at 12:01 a.m. on 30 December.

In addition to striking workers who would be on strike, tens of thousands of other workers who handle the freight could also find themselves temporarily out of work if a strike cuts off the flow of cargo.

The National Retail Federation has written to President Obama asking him to use his powers under the Taft-Hartley Act to essentially keep the ILA on the job and the two sides talking. Unions generally oppose the use of Taft-Hartley to end strikes and the Obama administration did not intervene during an eight-day strike earlier this month at the ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: December 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Canada PORT: all ports Designated Carrier Code

The owner or person in charge of any vessel transporting goods into Canada, and or vessels which are empty or loaded into Canada, must use their own designated carrier code for the purpose of transmitting ACI to the CBSA and for the reporting of goods upon arrival.

In addition, the legal entity to which the carrier code is assigned is liable for the timeliness, completeness and accuracy of the ACI data regarding the conveyance and all of the cargo on board its conveyance under Section 13.2 of the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations.

Transmitting pre-arrival information and reporting your conveyance and goods to the CBSA utilizing another company’s carrier code is in direct contravention of Sections 12.1 and 12(1) of the Customs Act and the related regulations. Non-compliance may result in delays at the border and sanctions for non-compliance including administrative monetary penalties.

Further, on March 25, 2013 the CBSA will deploy new electronic systems that will introduce a Conveyance Arrival Certification messaging function for air and marine carriers or their authorized service providers (authorized service providers must transmit the arrival message using the carrier code of the conveyance operating carrier). This will allow clients to transmit an electronic arrival notice using an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method and within mode specific timeframes.

The requirement for Conveyance Arrival Certification message replaces the current arrival process in the air and marine modes that is based on the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) provided by clients.

The CBSA requires that owner or person in charge of any vessel apply for a CBSA issued carrier code in order to transmit ACI and to report upon arrival.  Marine Carriers are not obligated to transmit their own ACI data; they may continue to use the services of a marine agent or other third party for transmission purposes. However, any third party transmitting ACI
on your behalf is required by the CBSA to transmit using owner or person in charge of any vessel’s unique 9000 series CBSA issued carrier code.

If a company does have a marine carrier code and is listed as the owner or person in charge of the vessel transporting goods into Canada, and/or vessel which is empty or loaded into Canada, the carrier code must be used when transmitting or submitting information/data to CBSA in regards to your conveyance.

If a company currently utilizes the services of an agent or a third party and you would prefer the CBSA to communicate and share information with them, the respective consent form attached must be completed and submitted
before the CBSA will discuss or disclose any information with your designated agent.
For information about operations in Canada contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com

DATE: December 19, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Delaware River Mantua Creek Safety Zone cancelled

The U.S. Coast Guard has cancelled the safety zone in Mantua Creek, one mile north and one mile south of the East Jefferson Street train derailment. Mantua Creek is now open to vessel traffic up to the East Jefferson Street Railroad Bridge.

The railroad bridge remains in the fixed position and cannot be opened to vessel traffic at this time.

Vessels transiting the waterway are to proceed with caution in case of any remaining submerged debris near the derailment site.

Mariners are reminded that a separate safety zone remains in effect in the lower portion of Anchorage 9 in order to facilitate pipe-laying operations and dregding of the Delaware River Channel.

Mariners with any questions should contact the Coast Guard Control Center at (215) 271 4807 or Channel 16 VHF.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

DATE: December 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Revised working details for dredging works

The working details and period for dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal have been revised. The works will now be conducted from 20 December 2012 to 19 June 2013.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.183 of 2012 dated 19 December, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Working Area “Sector 1”
1) 01° 16.554’N / 103° 46.609’E
2) 01° 16.471’N / 103° 46.748’E
5) 01° 16.306’N / 103° 46.650’E
4) 01° 16.389’N / 103° 46.512’E

Working Area “Sector 2”
5) 01° 16.306’N / 103° 46.650’E
4) 01° 16.389’N / 103° 46.512’E
8) 01° 16.221’N / 103° 46.412’E
9) 01° 16.137’N / 103° 46.550’E

Working Area “Sector 3”
2)  01° 16.471’N / 103° 46.748’E
5)  01° 16.306’N / 103° 46.650’E
9)  01° 16.137’N / 103° 46.550’E
10) 01° 16.096’N / 103° 46.621’E
3)  01° 16.340’N / 103° 46.765’E

Working Area “Sector 4”
3)  01° 16.340’N / 103° 46.765’E
6)  01° 16.255’N / 103° 46.777’E
7)  01° 16.227’N / 103° 46.823’E
11) 01° 16.042’N / 103° 46.713’E
10) 01° 16.096’N / 103° 46.621’E

Working Area “Sector 5”
12) 01° 16.620’N / 103° 46.648’E
1)  01° 16.554’N / 103° 46.609’E
13) 01° 16.471’N / 103° 46.748’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredgers, “Ebisu” & “Heisei
7”, held inposition by 2 spuds as anchors & “Musashi”/”Hitachi” held in
position by 4 anchors. The dredgers, with hopper barges in attendance, will
have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the
dredgers. Dredged materials will be ransported to the designated dumping
ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

Cutter Suction Dredger “No.3 Suez” will be utilitised to carry out dredging
works at Sector 3 & 4. Her anchors will extended to 150m from the dredger
and will be not extend beyond sector 3 & 4 working area.

During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug
boats when required. The tug boats will be used to shift the crane barge
and hopper barge,   away from the fairway for vessels to berth or unberth.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft to
keep clear of the working area.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and
international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear of the safety working zone of the dredgers;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a  safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and
(e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: December 19, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits Boat services likely affected by bad weather

Due to expected bad weather, boat services in the Bosphorus are likely to be affected negatively and may be suspended.
For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

DATE: December 19, 2012 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 19/12/12

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 19/12/12

180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO

Aberdeen               0         0         0         0

Aden                   745.00    0         1, 210.00  0

Alexandria             730.00    715.00    1, 220.00  0

Amsterdam              595.00    571.00    905.50    0

Antwerp                607.00    577.00    914.00    0

Aqaba                  0         0         1, 050.00  0

Bahrain                0         0         1, 042.00  0

Barrow                 0         0         0         0

Busan                  645.00    632.00    950.00    940.00

Cape Town              665.00    0         1, 030.00  0

Colombo                735.00    670.00    1, 080.00  0

Dubai                  615.00    600.00    830.00    0

Durban                 620.00    0         1, 095.00  0

Falmouth               657.00    613.00    967.00    0

Fawley                 0         0         0         0

Felixstowe             0         0         0         0

Fujairah               640.00    605.00    1, 005.00  0

Gibraltar              681.50    648.50    965.50    0

Grangemouth            0         0         0         0

Harwich                0         0         0         0

Hong Kong              630.50    626.50    947.50    942.50

Houston                709.00    614.00    990.00    0

Immingham              0         0         0         0

Invergordon            0         0         0         0

Istanbul               637.50    607.50    978.50    0

Jeddah                 725.00    715.00    1, 130.00  0

Kaohsiung              645.00    635.00    981.00    966.00

Kuwait                 612.50    601.00    0         984.00

Leith                  0         0         0         0

Malta                  690.50    656.50    948.50    0

Mersey                 0         0         0         0

Milford Haven          0         0         0         0

Mumbai                 641.00    629.50    1, 050.50  0

New York & New Jersey  635.00    605.00    1, 020.00  0

Newport                0         0         0         0

Nigg Bay               0         0         0         0

Panama                 715.00    655.00    1, 045.00  0

Piraeus                688.50    660.50    943.50    0

Plymouth               0         0         0         0

Port Said              0         0         0         0

Qatar                  0         0         895.00    0

Ramsgate               0         0         0         0

Rio de Janeiro         616.00    592.50    1, 000.00  0

Rotterdam              603.00    579.00    913.50    0

Salalah                685.00    645.00    1, 105.00  0

Shanghai               642.50    624.50    1, 052.50  0

Sharjah                615.00    600.00    830.00    0

Sheerness              0         0         0         0

Singapore              607.00    599.00    915.00    0

St Petersburg          566.50    551.50    0         0

Suez                   0         0         1, 220.00  0

Tees                   0         0         0         0

Thames                 0         0         0         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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