HOT Port News from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on January 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Nigeria, all ports – Approved Ship-to-Ship & Ship-to-Rig areas
* Nigeria, all ports – Unauthorised designation of areas for vessel operations
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Mooring buoys
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Sanitary inpections
* Chile, Antofagasta – Port workers strike ended

DATE: January 18, 2013 COUNTRY: Nigeria PORT: all ports – Approved Ship-to-Ship & Ship-to-Rig areas

As part of measures to checkmate illegal marine related activities on our waters and block revenue leakages all Ship to Ship and Ship to Rig tanker transfer operations shall be performed within Nigerian offshore and should be carried out within the following designated areas as indicated:

A. LAGOS OFFSHORE
i.   060 19.531’N / 0030 43.296’E
ii.  060 18.613’N / 0030 58.807’E
iii. 060 10.439’N / 0040 17.439’E
iv.  050 53.992’N / 0040 17.439’E
v.   050 53.992’N / 0030 40.175’E
vi.  060 09.979’N / 0030 45.315’E
AREA COVERED: 116 M2

B. ESCRAVOOS OFFSHORE
i.   050 33.000’N / 0040 33.000’E
ii.  050 35.000’N / 0040 47.000’E
iii. 050 22.000’N / 0040 54.000’E
iv.  050 06.000’N / 0040 55.000’E
v.   050 05.000’N / 0040 36.000’E
AREA COVERED: 92.2 NM2

C. BONNY/CALABAR OFFHSORE
i.   040 05.565’N / 0060 30.156’E
ii.  040 05.473’N / 0070 13.021’E
iii. 030 55.057’N / 0070 13.296’E
iv.  040 55.057’N / 0060 30.066’E
AREA COVERED: 107 NM2

Messrs Miky Lily Marine Limited has been appointed to monitor the above operations and conduct surveillance of port anchorages towards ensuring that only those approved carry out such operations in the above referred designated areas.

(For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com)
Source: Nigerian Ports Authority notice

DATE: January 18, 2013 COUNTRY: Nigeria PORT: all ports – Unauthorised designation of areas for vessel operations

The Nigeria Navy is statutorily charged with the responsibility to check criminal acts of crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and piracy penetrated within the nation’s maritime domain.

Consistent with these responsibilities, the Nigerian Navy has therefore conscientously emplaced and enforced veritable mechanisms to check these menaces.

However, it has recently been observed that certain factors tend to undermine current efforts of the Nigerian Navy. These issues stem from some agencies conveying designated areas for vessel operations as offshore Cotonou, Lome and Brass.

Regrettably, these locations are known to be of no significance to the presence/operation of vessels as there are no refineries, discharge terminals or other necessary infrastructure that would facilitate their operations in these unofficially designated areas.

It is pertinent to state that the Nigerian Ports Authority has desinated lighting areas to facilitate Ship to Ship and Ship to Rig transfer as indicated in this publication. Accordingly, vessels found to be operating outside these officially designated areas would be accosted as they are deemed to be perpetrating criminal acts of crude oil theft, illegal oil bunkering and fuel subsidy scam.

Accordingly, it has become imperative and expedient for the Nigerian Navy to discountenance documents for facilitiating oil nominations emnaating from some of these agencies conveying unofficiall designated areas. The Nigerian Navy therefore solicits the assistance of all stakeholders in ensuring that documents emenating from official sources adhere to approved designated lighting zones.

(For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com)

Source: Nigerian Navy Public Notice published in “The Guardian” newspaper on 15 January 2013

DATE: January 18, 2013 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Pasir Panjang Mooring buoys

Two additional buoys have been deployed and the working period has been extended in the Pasir Panjang Phase 3 & 4 Reclamation Area.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.08 of 2013 including 18 January 2013, the reclamation at Pasir Panjang terminal has commenced will be completed by December 2014. Bulk carriers  and self propelled barges carrying sand in bulk will be transiting the Southern Fairway, Jong Fairway and West Keppel Fairway to Pasir Panjang Phase 3 & Phase 4 reclamation project area. Mariners shall keep a proper lookout for these  vessels and navigate with extra caution when in the vicinity of Pasir Panjang terminal.

A maximum of one bulk carrier will be moored at the mooring buoys at any one time. The mooring and unmooring of vessels will be carried out in the daylight hours (0630 to 1900 hours) during the period of  reclamation work.

Masters of harbour craft shall proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution when approaching the vicinity of Pasir Panjang terminal.

The PPT- MB1 and PPT- MB2 buoys were laid on 23 May 2012. Two additional buoys PPT- MB3  and PPT- MB4 were laid on 16 January 2013. The mooring buoys will be removed upon completion of the reclamation.

WGS 84 Datum
PPT-MB1) 01° 16.199’N / 103° 46.934’E
(Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl.Y.3s.)
PPT-MB2) 01° 16.063’N / 103° 46.855’E
(Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl.Y.3s.)
PPT-MB3) 01° 15.969’N / 103° 46.813’E
(Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl.Y.5s)
PPT-MB4) 01° 15.806’N / 103° 46.716’E
(Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.5s)

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

DATE: January 18, 2013 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits – Sanitary inpections

Vessels transiting the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus must hoist the yellow flag and turn on their red and white quarantine lights to declare readiness for sanitary inspection prior to passage.

Vessels that fail the sanitary inspection, or which do not allow the motorboat alongside or provide the necessary documentation in time, will be fined. Masters should therefore ensure that the sanitary boat is allowed alongside in the Dardanelles and/or Bosphorus, to avoid any inspection failure and penalty.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

DATE: January 18, 2013 COUNTRY: Chile PORT: Antofagasta – Port workers strike ended

Port workers of Antofagasta Terminal International (ATI) have ended the strike that started on Monday, 14 January.
All loading/discharge operations have now resumed.

(For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC Amricas Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: Ultramar Agencia Maritima – GAC agent

Leave a Reply

IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

What is 6 + 9 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:

Trackbacks

Leave a Trackback