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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* Worldwide – IMO and shipping industry bodies urge continued application of anti-piracy measures
* United Arab Emirates, Khor Fakkan – Restricted anchoring
* India, Kandla – Temporary reduction of jetty draught
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation at Western Anchorage No.2
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Soil investigation works off Temasek Fairway
* Australia, Karumba – Ports close as Tropical Cyclone Oswald develops
* Australia, Port Hedland – Cyclone Watch for NW Western Australia
* Australia, all ports – Cyclone could bring heavy rains to North Queensland
* Australia, all ports – Updated Port State Control information
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 21/01/13

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: Worldwide IMO and shipping industry bodies urge continued application of anti-piracy measures

The International Maritime Organization, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), and the
International Shipping Federation (ISF), welcome the recent decrease in the number of attempted and successful attacks against ships by Somalia-based pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean.

This decrease may be attributed to a combination of factors, including: the presence of naval forces disrupting pirate operations; implementation of self-protection measures on board merchant ships and better situational awareness of where the threats are; coupled with more effective action ashore in Somalia by the Somali authorities and the international community.

The above-mentioned Organizations remain convinced that the only long-term solution to piracy is to establish effective government and implement the rule of law ashore in Somalia.  However, until that is achieved, there can be no room for complacency. Any reduction in the level of protection of merchant ships could lead to a resurgence of pirate activities. Piracy must
continue to be suppressed through the visible presence of and robust action by, the world’s navies, consistent with international law.

The Organizations therefore urge shipowners, shipping companies, ship operators, masters and crews to continue to take all appropriate and recommended measures to protect their ships and those on board from pirates and armed robbers, through sustained and full implementation of the relevant IMO guidance and industry-developed Best Management Practices for
protection against Somalia-based piracy (BMP 4).

(For information about operations around the world, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the Contacts section of www.gac.com)
Source: International Maritime Organisation (www.imo.org) Briefing No.05 dated 17 January 2013

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates PORT: Khor Fakkan – Restricted anchoring

Sharjah Port Authority has advised that anchoring adjacent to Khorfakkan territorial waters, between longitudes 056 deg. 36’E and 056 deg. 49.25’E, is stricly prohibited.

Vessels intending to anchor off Khorfakkan Porty should contact the Port Control on VHF Ch 67/16 and be guided by the port authortities to anchor within 12NM (up to Longitude 056 deg. 36’E.

This restriction is being implemented due to safety, security and environmental issues.

The 12-24 NM are is between the following coordinates:
25 deg. 20’N    / 056 deg. 36’E
25 deg. 24.75’N / 056 deg. 36’E
25 deg. 24.75’N / 056 deg. 49.25’E
25. deg. 20’N   / 056 deg. 49.25’E

Free passing of vessels through the above mentioned area is allowed as per International Maritime Law.
For information about operations in Khorfakkan contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: India PORT: Kandla – Temporary reduction of jetty draught

Due to reports of reduction in depths at [Kandla Port’s] Oil Jetty No.3, the permissible draught is hereby temporarily reduced to 9.8 m with immediate effect.

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)
Source: Kandla Port Trust circular dated 19 January 2013

DATE: January 21, 2013 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation at Western Anchorage No.2

For approximately 8 weeks, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out [at Western Anchorage No.2] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to(D):
(A) 22 deg. 19.000’N / 114 deg. 04.284’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.057’N / 114 deg. 04.647’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.724’N / 114 deg. 04.806’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.671’N / 114 deg. 04.451’E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge. One tug and one motor boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No work will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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.11 of 2013 dated 21 January 2013

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Jurong Port Soil investigation works off Temasek Fairway

The working areas and period for soil investigation off Temasek Fairway, Jurong Island have been revised. The work will now be conducted from 22 January to 17 February.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.09 of 2013 dated 21 January 2013, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) in 3 separate marine borehole areas:

AREA 1 – East of & inside Temasek Fairway:
Y1) 1° 16.245’N / 103° 39.367’E
Y2) 1° 16.152’N / 103° 39.294’E
Y3) 1° 16.155’N / 103° 39.341’E
Y4) 1° 16.154’N / 103° 39.364’E
Y5) 1° 16.152’N / 103° 39.386’E
Y6) 1° 15.022’N / 103° 39.369’E
Y7) 1° 14.961’N / 103° 39.458’E

AREA 2 – East of & inside Temasek Fairway:
Y8)    1° 14.839’N / 103°39.505’E
Y9)    1° 14.698’N / 103°39.524’E
Y10)   1° 14.707’N / 103°39.627’E
Y11)   1° 13.895’N / 103°39.993’E
Y12)   1° 13.625’N / 103°40.057’E
R64C4) 1° 14.254’N / 103°39.845’E

AREA 3
C10) 1° 16.111’N / 103°38.584’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barge. The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge.

Tugboats will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.

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 safety zone of the barge;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch  on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Karumba – Ports close as Tropical Cyclone Oswald develops

The Regional Harbour Master closed the ports of Karumba and Weipa at 18:00 hrs local time today (21 January) due to the development of a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria late this afternoon.

Tropical Cyclone OSWALD is a Category 1 system packing wind gusts of up to 90km/h.

Forecasters are predicting days of torrential rail reaching as far south as Mackay, which could have an effect on supplies to the coal ports of Abbot Point, Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay.

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

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Port Hedland – Cyclone Watch for NW Western Australia

A Cyclone Watch has been declared for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Pardoo to Onslow, including Port Hedland.

At 11:00am WST a Tropical Low was estimated to be 30 km south southeast of Broome and 455 km east northeast of Port Hedland and moving southwest at 10 km per hour parallel to the coast.

The low may develop into a tropical cyclone by Wednesday as it moves to the west southwest off the Pilbara coastline. Gales are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, but if the system does reach cyclone intensity then gales could develop between Pardoo and Onslow on Wednesday….

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Tropical Cyclone Advice No.1 issued at 12:26 pm WST on 21 January
2013

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports – Cyclone could bring heavy rains to North Queensland

While Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Oswald is well north of coal export ports, it could bring heavy rainfall and disruption to production and exports if it moves south over the coal fields.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Tropical Cyclone Advice No.10 issued at 4:43 pm EST today (21 January) states:

QUOTE…
At 4:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Oswald, Category 1 was estimated to be 260 km south southwest of Aurukun and 70 km west of Kowanyama and moving east northeast at 17 km per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Oswald, a category 1 cyclone, has formed in the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria. Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected to continue moving northeast and remain a Category 1 cyclone before crossing the coast between Aurukun and Kowanyama tonight.

Gales with gusts to 90 km/h are occurring on the coast around Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw, and are expected to extend northward towards Aurukun as the cyclone approaches.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding is likely in areas between Karumba and Torres Strait, including Mornington Island, today and will persist into Tuesday.

As the cyclone crosses the coast, a storm tide is expected in coastal areas between about Kowanyama and Weipa.  Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas that may possibly be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

Abnormally high tides are otherwise expected to occur about all remaining parts along the Gulf of Carpentaria coast, but the sea level should not exceed the highest tide of the year.

Large waves are also likely along the beachfront in coastal areas between
Weipa and Torres Strait….
…UNQUOTE.

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

DATE: January 21, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Updated Port State Control information

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has updated important Port State Control information and issued a new guide to Masters and ship owners on what can be done to avoid detention in Australia.

The Marine Notice 2013/03 and related information can be found at the following link to the AMSA website
http://www.amsa.gov.au/Shipping_Safety/Port_State_Control/

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

DATE: January 21, 2013 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 21/01/13

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 21/01/13
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aberdeen               0         0         0         0

Aden                   725.00    0         1, 110.00  0
Alexandria             720.00    710.00    1, 170.00  0
Amsterdam              633.00    608.00    931.00    0
Antwerp                644.00    614.00    949.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 056.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 098.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         0         0
Busan                  676.00    662.00    980.00    970.00
Cape Town              671.00    0         1, 091.00  0
Colombo                730.00    705.00    1, 120.00  0
Dubai                  645.00    630.00    870.00    0
Durban                 642.00    0         1, 106.00  0
Falmouth               703.00    652.50    997.50    0
Fawley                 0         0         0         0
Felixstowe             0         0         0         0
Fujairah               655.00    640.00    1, 010.00  0
Gibraltar              719.50    671.50    995.50    0
Grangemouth            0         0         0         0
Harwich                0         0         0         0
Hong Kong              655.50    650.00    968.00    963.00
Houston                720.00    625.00    1, 000.00  0
Immingham              0         0         0         0
Invergordon            0         0         0         0
Istanbul               681.50    649.50    1, 019 50  0
Jeddah                 705.00    690.00    1, 090.00  0
Kaohsiung              674.00    667.00    1, 015.00  1, 000.00
Kuwait                 631.50    624.50    0         989.00
Leith                  0         0         0         0
Malta                  710.50    689.50    975.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         0         0
Milford Haven          0         0         0         0
Mumbai                 650.50    643.50    1, 066.00  0
New York & New Jersey  655.00    625.00    1, 030.00  0
Newport                0         0         0         0
Nigg Bay               0         0         0         0
Panama                 735.00    640.00    1, 040.00  0
Piraeus                729.50    702.50    989.50    0
Plymouth               0         0         0         0
Port Said              710.00    685.00    1, 095.00  0
Qatar                  0         0         925.00    0
Ramsgate               0         0         0         0
Rio de Janeiro         649.00    625.00    1, 020.00  0
Rotterdam              641.00    616.00    939.00    0
Salalah                708.00    668.00    1, 140.00  0
Shanghai               682.50    664.50    1, 077.50  0
Sharjah                645.00    630.00    870.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         0         0

Singapore              649.00    641.00    945.00    0
St Petersburg          594.50    579.50    0         0
Suez                   695.00    680.00    1, 090.00  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 as Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas: bunker.us@gac.com as Asia Pacific: bunker.sg@gac.com  as 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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