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Ports & Terminals — By on December 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Angola, all ports – Terminals’ closure for holidays
* Congo, Pointe-Noire – Port closure for holidays
* Congo, Pointe-Noire – Dredging affecting port working hours
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Works in Central Harbour
* Australia, all ports – Christmas working hours at Australian iron ore terminals
* Australia, all ports – Christmas working hours at Australian coal terminals

DATE: December 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Angola PORT: all ports Terminals’ closure for holidays

Multiterminais and the 5M terminal at the ports of of Luanda, Lobito & Namibe are working the full day today (24 December). However, there will be no work on Christmas Day (25 December).
Work will resume on 26 December, until 31 December.
There will be no work on 1 January, and operations will resume on 2 January.
For operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

DATE: December 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Congo PORT: Pointe-NoirePort closure for holidays

The port of Pointe Noire will be closed for the Christmas Holiday from 1800 hours today (24 December) until 0700 on 26 December.
For the New Year break, ports will be closed from 1800 on 31 December until 0700 on 2 January.
All offices stop work normally at 1400 hours on 24 December and 31 December, respectively.
For information about operations in Congo contact GAC at pnr-congo@gac.com

DATE: December 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Congo PORT: Pointe-Noire Dredging affecting port working hours

Due to dredging operations, the port of Pointe Noire is now closed between the hours of 0700 to 1800 every day until 31 December, except for special operations like berthing or sailing with high tide.
Furthermore, due to end of the year celebrations, the port will be closed during Christmas and New Year’s Day.
For information about operations in Congo contact GAC at pnr-congo@gac.com

DATE: December 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Marine Works in Central Harbour

From 30 December 2012 and for approximately six months, marine works involving fender installation and seabed cleaning will be carried out [in the Central Harbour] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.095’N / 114 deg. 09.759’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.100’N / 114 deg. 09.788’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.045’N / 114 deg. 09.892’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.032’N / 114 deg. 10.007’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.016’N / 114 deg. 10.146’E
(F) 22 deg. 16.890’N / 114 deg. 10.141’E

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the boundary of the area at co-ordinates (B), (C), (D) and (E).

The works will be conducted by a flotilla of vessels including hopper barges, derrick lighters, crane barges, some tugs and small work boats. 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 each of the working barges will be established. Yellow marker buoys with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

The hours of works will normally be 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.178 of 2012

DATE: December 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Christmas working hours at Australian iron ore terminals

Below is a summary of the working hours at Australian iron ore terminals during the coming Christmas and New Year holiday period:

DAMPIER
Terminals at Dampier will be fully operational 24/7 as per normal over this Christmas and New Year period.

PORT WALCOTT
The Terminal at Port Walcott will be fully operational 24/7 as per normal over this Christmas and New Year period.

PORT HEDLAND
There are no planned closures over the Christmas/New Year break.

GERALDTON
Geraldron Port will be open during the Christmas/New Year breaks.

ESPERANCE
Esperance Port will be clpsed from 1830 today (24 December) TO 0630 on 26
December. New Year closure dates/times to be confirmed.

DARWIN
No loading to be carried out on Christmas Day.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: December 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Christmas working hours at Australian coal terminals

Below is a summary of the working hours at Australian coal terminals during the comping Christmas and New Year holiday period:

ABBOT POINT
There will be no ship loading from 07:00hrs LT on Christmas Day until 07:00hrs LT on 26 December 2012 – normal ship loading operations will be carried out on all other days including New Year’s Day.

HAY POINT COAL TERMINAL & DALRYMPLE BAY COAL TERMINAL
The DBCT loading terminal will still operate during this period at this stage.
Hay Point Coal Terminal will NOT operate on Christmas day 25 December.

Pacific National Railways will be operating during this period, where as Queensland Rail may close from pm/today (24 December) until pm/26
Decmebver. Pacific National only carry coal from certain mine sites, where Queensland Rail holds the majority of cartage throughout this region.

GLADSTONE
Please note the COAL terminals will still operate normally during
Christmas.

BRISBANE
Christmas & New Year Shiploader outage 25/12/12 – Christmas Day Only

NEWCASTLE
All Newcastle Coal Terminals will load as per normal during the Christmas
and New Year Holiday Periods

PORT KEMBLA
CHRISTMAS DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY 25 DECEMBER
There will be no ship cargo loading operations and Rail & Road receivals
for 24hrs from 0700/25 December until 0700/26 December due to Christmas Day
Public Holiday.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com

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