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Canals, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on February 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Brunsbuttel lock out of service
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Linesmen’s strike
* United Arab Emirates, Sharjah – Unauthorised anchoring in restricted anchoring area
* United Arab Emirates, Sharjah – Revised tariff to come into effect
* Singapore, Singapore – Submarine cable repairs off Pulau Busing
* Australia, Port Hedland – Ports still closed as Rusty approaches
* Australia, Gladstone – Rain disrupting coal railing
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Berthing & sailing in STS areas
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 27/02/13

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Brunsbuttel lock out of service

For technical reasons, the Big North Lock at Brunsbuttel is completely out of service (day and night) until further notice.

The Big South Lock Chamber and both Small Locks remain in service.

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

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Linesmen’s strike

Heavy delays and restrictions can be expected in the Kiel Canal from 0600 to 2100 hours tomorrow (28 February) due to a linesmen’s strike.

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

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Sharjah
Unauthorised anchoring in restricted anchoring area

In reference to the Notice to Mariners No.101 from Sharjah Port Authorities dated 27 December 2012 and Notice to Mariners No.169 of Fujairah Port
Authorities, it has been observed that below vessels have anchored in the
restricted anchoring position between 12-24 NM off Khorfakkan port.

Any vessels owned by the owners of the below vessels, and any vessels
handled by the agents of the below vessels ARE BANNED to enter the ports of
Sharjah Port Authorities (Mina Khalid, Sharjah Hamriyah, Khorfakkan, Kalba
and Sir Abu Nair ports) considering the violation by these vessels.
M/T A Elephant – IMO Number: 9448700
M/T Al Nouf – IMO Number: 94422990
M/T National – IMO Number: 9046332
M/T Sea Lion – IMO Number: 9008718
M/T Al Buhairah – IMO Number: 9486910
M/T Olympic Serenity – IMO Number: 8912613
M/T F Whale – IMO Number: 9445473
M/T Sea King – IMO Number: 8618920
M/T Sea Queen – IMO Number: 8706167
M/T Sea Sky – IMO Number: 8917792

(For information about operations in Sharjah contact GAC Sharjah at sharjah@gac.com)

Source: Sharjah Port Authority Notice to Agents No.03/2013 dated 26 February 2013

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Sharjah
Revised tariff to come into effect

Sharjah Seaports Authority has advised that a revised Port Tariff will come into effect from 1 March 2013.

The new tariff will be applicable at Port Khalid – Sharjah, Port Hamriyah-Sharjah & Port Khorfakkan.

For details of the new tariff and/or information about operations in Sharjah contact GAC Sharjah at sharjah@gac.com

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Submarine cable repairs off Pulau Busing

The working area and period have been revised for submarine cable repair works off Pulau Busing, Selat Sinki. The works are now being confucted from 27 February to 5 March.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.19 of 2013, the works are being carried out from 0700 to 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84):

A) 1 deg. 14.783’N / 103 deg. 44.072’E
B) 1 deg. 14.865’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
C) 1 deg. 15.544’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
D) 1 deg. 15.462’N / 103 deg. 44.072’E

The repair work will entail the cutting, capping and sealing of the damaged submarine power cable. The work barge “Masakuni” will have a circular safety working zone of 60 meters radius centered at the barge.

Divers will be deployed for the recovery of the submarine power cable.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the safety zone of the barge;
(b) maintain a proper look-out;
(c) proceed at a safe speed;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68;
and
(e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for any assistance, if required.

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

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Hedland
Ports still closed as Rusty approaches

Port Hedland, Port Walcott and Dampier remain closed due to the approach of Tropical Cyclone Rusty. All ports are experiencing bad weather with very large swells. It is unlikely that Dampier or Port Walcott will open before Friday or Saturday and Port Hedland will be even later, depending on any damage sustained.

At 0800 local time today (27 February), Rusty – now a Category 4 tropical cyclone – was 130km NNE of Port Hedland and had been stationary for most of the last 12-18 hours. It is expected to resume its southwards track and
cross the coast East of Port Hedland tonight or tomorrow morning.

The Tropical Cyclone Advice No.31 issued at 8:50am WST today states:

QUOTE…
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier, and adjacent inland areas of the Pilbara, including Marble Bar, Nullagine, Millstream and Tom Price.
A Cyclone WATCH is current for remaining central and eastern areas of the Pilbara including Newman, Telfer and adjacent parts of the Gascoyne district.

At 8:00am WST Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty, Category 4 was estimated to be 130km north northeast of Port Hedland and 295 km east northeast of Karratha and is near stationary.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty has been near stationary this morning but is expected to resume a southerly track towards the Pilbara coast during the day.

The slow motion and large size of Rusty means that the destructive and very destructive winds will occur on the coast well before the centre crosses the coast, and will extend some distance from the centre. Wind gusts to 120 km per hour have already been experienced in Port Hedland over the last 24 hours, and conditions there may get slowly worse during the day.

Gales are occuring on the coast between Sandfire Roadhouse and Whim Creek and will extend inland towards Marble Bar during today, and may reach Nullagine overnight.

VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts in excess of 165 kM per hour are likely in coastal parts between Port Hedland and Wallal during the day as Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty approaches the coast.

This is a large tropical cyclone and its slow movement is likely to result in an extended period of destructive winds near the track, with rainfall that is heavier than that associated with a typical system. Widespread very heavy rainfall today and on Thursday is likely to lead to MAJOR FLOODING in the De Grey catchment. Significant flooding is also likely in the Fortescue catchment and in Pilbara coastal streams.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty’s intensity, size and slow movement is also likely to lead to a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY
DANGEROUS COASTAL INUNDATION….
….UNQUOTE.

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

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Gladstone
Rain disrupting coal railing

Railing of coal from Central Queensland mines to the port of Gladstone is again being disrupted by rain.

Shiploading is continuing, however it has not yet resumed at full capacity following the last flooding a month ago.

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

DATE: February 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Suez Canal
Berthing & sailing in STS areas

On berthing and setting sail at STS areas  south of the waiting area at the Gulf of Suez and north east of Port Said, in order to secure and safeguard berthing and setting sail operations at STS areas A and B, south of the waiting area V at the Gulf of Suez and the area north east of Port Said, the Suez Canal Authority announces that:

Article One:
a) A unified charge of USD 12, 000 shall be applied on ships that berth and set sail on the same day, (inclusive of pilot charge and a fire-fighting tugboat).
b) A unified charge of USD 30, 000 shall be applied on ships that berth and set sail within 3 days, (inclusive of pilot charge and a fire-fighting tugboat).
c) In case the operation exceeds 3 days a unified charge of USD 30, 000 shall be paid for the first 3 days, and a charge of USD 12, 000 shall be paid for each extra bay .

Article Two:
a) The Suez Canal Authority shall provide:
1- An SCA pilot for the berthing and setting sail operations.
2- A fire-fighting tugboat to be used when required.
b) The ship agent shall have to:
1- Notify the Suez Canal Authority of the operation 24 hours in advance.

2- Provide the Yokohama fenders before the start of the operation.
c) The ship master shall, through the agent, provide the SCA with an undertaking to use the ship’s anti-pollution facilities to fight pollution whenever it occurs, and to notify the SCA at once.

Article Three:
Berthing and setting sail operations take place in favorable weather conditions, when the velocity of the wind does not exceed 15 Knots.

Article Four:
This circular takes effect on the day it is issued (26 February 2013).

(For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com)
Source: Suez Canal Authority

DATE: February 27, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 27/02/13
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GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 27/02/13
180 CST   380 CST   MGO     MDO
Aden                                             725.00    0    1, 110.00  0
Alexandria                                       700.00    690.00 1, 170.00  0
Amsterdam                                        628.00    605.00    936.00    0
Antwerp                                          645.00    613.00    941.00   0
Aqaba                                            0         0   1, 060.00  0
Bahrain                                          0         0   1, 120.00  0
Busan                                            684.50    657.00 1, 007.00  997.00
Cape Town                                        692.00    0   1, 088.00  0
Colombo                                          755.00    730.00 1, 165.00  0
Dubai                                            665.00    650.00    900.00   0
Durban                                           654.00    0  1, 100.00  0
Falmouth                                         0         660.00 1, 015.00  0
Fujairah                                         680.00    655.00 1, 020.00  0
Gibraltar                                        716.50    685.50 1, 014.50  0
Hong Kong                                        655.00    646.75    992.00    0
Houston                                          720.00    630.00 1, 040.00  0
Istanbul                                         679.50    652.50 1, 022.50  0
Jeddah                                           700.00    685.00 1, 080.00  0
Kaohsiung                                        682.00    675.00  1, 043.00  1, 028.00
Kuwait                                           655.00    648.00 1, 004.00  0
Malta                                            724.50    694.50    985.50   0
Mumbai                                           664.50    657.50  1, 093.00  0
New York & New Jersey                            675.00    645.00 1, 050.00  0
Panama                                           715.00    645.00 1, 050.00  0
Piraeus                                          730.50    700.50    990.50   0
Port Louis                                       743.00    0 1, 081.00  0
Port Said                                        720.00    685.00 1, 075.00  0
Qatar                                            0         0         925.00    0
Richards Bay                                     664.00    0  1, 110.00  0
Rio de Janeiro                                   659.00    635.00  1, 035.00  0
Rotterdam                                        636.00    613.00    944.00  0
Salalah                                          740.00    690.00   1, 175.00  0
Shanghai                                         689.00    669.50   1, 084.50  0
Sharjah                                          665.00    650.00    900.00    0
Singapore                                        640.00    632.00    967.00  0
St Petersburg                                    623.50    602.50    0   0
Suez                                             0         0   1, 070.00  0
Walvis Bay                                       0         0  1, 090.00  0

West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         732.00    1, 069.00    0

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