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Inland Waterways, Ports & Terminals — By on December 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:  

  • * Germany, Kiel Canal – Repair works interrupted – Brunsbuttel lock back in  operation  
  • * United Kingdom, Leith – Holiday period lock closure  
  • * India, Paradip – SPM permissible length and draft  
  • * Singapore, Singapore – Repair & restoration to existing rock bund at Kusu  Island  
  • * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation off airport  
  • * Singapore, Singapore – Beach improvement works  
  • * Ecuador, all ports – Public holidays in Ecuador  
  • * Brazil, Santos – Pilots’ schedule for Christmas/New Year holidays   

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: Germany  PORT: Kiel Canal  Repair works interrupted – Brunsbuttel lock back in operation  

Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that repair works on the new south  lock at Brunsbuttel have been interrupted and the lock is back in operation  with an effetive length of 200 metres.   Consequently, both locks plus the small old locks at Brunsbuttel are now  working.   The repair works will probably be resumed in Week 2 of the new year.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency  Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)   Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agent

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: United Kingdom  PORT: Leith  Holiday period lock closure  

The Port of Leith has advised the following summary of lock closure  information during the Christmas and New Year holiday period:   Monday 24 Dec 2012  

  • 2000: Last arrival at Leith Approach
  • 2100: Last time leaving berth
  • 2200: Lock Closes

Wednesday 26 Dec 2012 

  • 0200: Lock Opens

Monday 31 Dec 2012  

  • 2000: Last arrival at Leith Approach
  • 2100: Last time leaving berth
  • 2200: Lock Closes

Wednesday 2 Jan 2013   

  • 0200: Lock Opens

Bath Road Security Gate will be opened and manned throughout.

Seafield Security Gate will be closed as follows:  – 1900 Monday 24 Dec 2012 to 0700 Thursday 27 Dec 2012  and  – 1900 Monday 31 Dec 2012 to 0700 Thursday 3 Jan 2013   For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: India  PORT: Paradip  SPM permissible length and draft

The maximum Permissible L.O.A. & draft for vessels to be handled at the  “Single Point Mooring Buoy No.2” (SPM-2) installed at position Lat: 200  04.990’N, Long:0860 43.559’E will be as given below:   L.O.A = 370.0 Mtrs.   Beam = 065.0 Mtrs.   Maximum Draft = 023.0 Mtrs.   Maximum size = 3, 20, 000 MT DWT   Minimum size = 80, 000 MT DWT

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at  india@gac.com)   Source: Paradip Port Trust Marine Department Notice dated 20 December 2012

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: Singapore  PORT: Singapore  Repair & restoration to existing rock bund at Kusu Island

Repair and restoration works will be carried out on the existing rock bund  at Kusu Island from 24 December 2012 to 31 March 2013.   According to the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine  Notice No.185 of 2012 dated 21 December 2012, the works will be conducted  24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within  the  working  areas bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):  1) 01 deg. 13.534’N / 103 deg. 51.520’E  2) 01 deg. 13.589’N / 103 deg. 51.557’E  3) 01 deg. 13.540’N / 103 deg. 51.672’E  4) 01 deg. 13.457’N / 103 deg. 51.759’E  5) 01 deg. 13.321’N / 103 deg. 51.802’E  6) 01 deg. 13.240’N / 103 deg. 51.751’E  7) 01 deg. 13.251’N / 103 deg. 51.726’E   The repair and restoration works will entail sorting, leveling and pitching  of existing rock bund.   The works will be carried out by excavators from the landward side and the  materials for the restoration works will be provided by the work barges.   A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn  other craft to keep clear of the operations.   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 and not to enter the working areas ;  b) maintain a proper lookout;  c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;  d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);  and  e) communicate with  East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if  required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at  singapore@gac.com

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: Hong Kong  PORT: Hong Kong  Marine Site Investigation off airport  

With immediate effect and for approximately 15 weeks, marine site  investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out  [off the Hong Kong International Airport] in the area bounded by straight  lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and  the adjacent shoreline:  (A) 22 deg. 17.778’N / 113 deg. 53.645’E  (B) 22 deg. 17.693’N / 113 deg. 53.358’E  (C) 22 deg. 18.917’N / 113 deg. 52.295’E  (D) 22 deg. 19.694’N / 113 deg. 52.293’E  (E) 22 deg. 20.661’N / 113 deg. 55.022’E  (F) 22 deg. 20.300’N / 113 deg. 55.713’E  (G) 22 deg. 19.957’N / 113 deg. 55.739’E  (H) 22 deg. 20.215’N / 113 deg. 56.948’E  (I) 22 deg. 19.397’N / 113 deg. 56.742’E   The works will be carried out by two flat top barges and four jack-up  platforms. Some tugs and work boats will provide assistance. The number of  vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit  operational requirements.   A working area of approximately 50 meters will be established around each  flat top barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will  be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.   A working area of approximately 25 meters will be established around each  jack-up platform. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four  corners of each platform to indicate the position of the platform.   Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in  international and local regulations. The hours of works will be  round-the-clock.   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 Marine Department Notice No.176 of 2012

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: Singapore  PORT: Singapore  Beach improvement works   

Beach improvement works will be carried out at Palawan Beach, Sentosa, from  3 to 31 January 2013.   According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine  Notice No.182 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –  including Sundays and Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by  the following co-ordinates  (WGS 84 Datum):  1) 1 deg. 14.858’N / 103 deg. 49.426’E  2) 1 deg. 14.832’N / 103 deg. 49.376’E  3) 1 deg. 14.792’N / 103 deg. 49.401’E  4) 1 deg. 14.783’N / 103 deg. 49.401’E  5) 1 deg. 14.779’N / 103 deg. 49.403’E  6) 1 deg. 14.783’N / 103 deg. 49.413’E   The beach improvement works entail the construction of a temporary  ramp  and the sand will be transported from the barges to the Palawan Beach,  Sentosa by trucks via road access.   A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the  operation.   Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and  international day and  night signals.   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 (Western Control);  and  (e) communicate with Western Control on Channel 68 for assistance, if  required.   For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at  singapore@gac.com

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: Ecuador  PORT: all ports  Public holidays in Ecuador  

Most public services in Ecuador will be closed on the public holidays on 24  and 25 December. Ports and terminals, however, will work normally.   (For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston  Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)   Source: Ultramar Network Ecuador – GAC agent

DATE: December 21, 2012  COUNTRY: Brazil  PORT: Santos  Pilots’ schedule for Christmas/New Year holidays  

The Santos pilots’ schedule for the upcoming Christmas and New Year  holidays are as follows.   24 December 2012  Entrance maneuvers until 18:00 LT for vessels positioned/scheduled at Buoy  No.1  Sailing maneuvers until 19:00 LT.   25 December 2012  Starting maneuvers from 06:00 LT for entrance and sailing.   31 December 2012  Entrance maneuvers until 18:00 LT for vessels positioned/scheduled at Buoy  No.1  Sailing maneuvers until 19:00 LT.   1 January 2013  Starting maneuvers from 06:00 LT for entrance and sailing.   For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at  brazil@gac.com

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