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Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on April 17, 2013 at 8:35 PM

GAClogo_cmykYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, all ports – USCG accepts ballast water treatment systems
as Alternate Management Systems
* Singapore, Singapore – Pipeline repairs
* Singapore, Singapore – Construction of Changi East finger extension
* Australia, Cairns – Changes to towage charges
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 17/04/13

DATE: April 17, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
USCG accepts ballast water treatment systems as Alternate Management Systems

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the service’s March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. waters.

AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration. Vessel operators may use an AMS to manage their ballast water discharges in lieu of ballast water exchange, while the treatment system undergoes approval testing to Coast Guard standards.

An AMS may be used to meet the Coast Guard ballast water treatment requirements for up to five years after the ship’s ballast water discharge
standard compliance date specified in the final rule. This five-year timeframe allows for the completion of required land based and shipboard
testing….

….The Coast Guard continues to review applications for AMS acceptance and will announce further determinations. For information on how to obtain an AMS acceptance from the Coast Guard and for a complete list of ballast water management systems that have been accepted for use as an AMS, please visit the Coast Guard’s Environmental Standards Division’s website at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5224/bwm.asp
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard news release dated 16 April 2013

DATE: April 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Pipeline repairs

From 17 April until 30 May 2013, pipeline repair works are being carried out at Pesek Basin.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.50 of 2013, the work is being conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01° 16.899’N / 103° 41.385’E
2) 01° 16.862’N / 103° 41.395’E
3) 01° 16.781’N / 103° 41.315’E
4) 01° 16.828’N / 103° 41.303’E

The pipeline repair works will entail the removal of seabed sand to expose the pipeline and install a repair clamp. The work will be carried out using
a work barge and divers.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the repair works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.

Craft involved in the work will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, ariners 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 2 (Jurong Control); and
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on Channel 22 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: April 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Construction of Changi East finger extension

The working period for the construction of Changi East finger extension has been extended. The work will now be carried out from 25 April to 24
October.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.48 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 01 deg. 21.464’N / 104 deg. 02.520’E
B) 01 deg. 21.226’N / 104 deg. 02.827’E
C) 01 deg. 20.843’N / 104 deg. 02.821’E
(Marker/Buoy Light Characteristics: CEF-03/Yellow Pillar/Fl.Y.4S)
D) 01 deg. 20.707’N / 104 deg. 02.626’E
(Marker/Buoy Light Characteristics: CEF-02/Yellow Pillar/Fl.Y.4S)
E) 01 deg. 20.707’N / 104 deg. 02.358’E
(Marker/Buoy Light Characteristics: CEF-01/Yellow Pillar/Fl.Y.4S)
F) 01 deg. 21.156’N / 104 deg. 02.261’E
G) 01 deg. 21.318’N / 104 deg. 02.397’E
Q) 01 deg. 21.340’N / 104 deg. 02.416’E

The work will entail sand filling, installation of prefabricated vertical drain, vibro-flotation, stone revetment, scouring protection, construction
and removal of instrumentation clusters. Installation and removal of silt barricades will be carried out by the work barges.

Soil investigation works will be carried out by the jack-up barge within the working area.

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 21 (Sembawang Control);
and
(e) communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Cairns
Changes to towage charges

Svitzer, the provider of towage services at the ports of Cairns, Mourilyan and Lucinda, have advised the following changes to towage charges:

CAIRNS – from 28 April 2013, towage charges will increase by an average of 4.9%.

MOURILYAN – from 28 April 2013, towage charges will decrease by an average of 5%.

LUCINDA – from 28 April 2013, towage charges will increase by an average of 47.50%.

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

DATE: April 17, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 17/04/13
 
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
 MARKET PRICE UPDATE 17/04/13
180 CST   380 CST   MGO   MDO
Aberdeen                                         0         0         888.00   0
Aden                                             740.00    0 1, 095.00  0
Alexandria                                       725.00    700.00  1, 200.00  0
Amsterdam                                        591.00    567.00    811.00    0
Antwerp                                          598.00    573.00    819.00  0
Aqaba                                            0         0   1, 035.00  0
Bahrain                                          0         0   1, 019.00  0
Bergen                                           656.00    634.00    874.00    0
Busan                                            670.00    640.00    890.00    880.00
Cape Town                                        689.00    0         971.00    0
Colombo                                          710.00    695.00  1, 095.00  0
Dubai                                            635.00    625.00    850.00   0
Durban                                           642.00    0   1, 102.00  0
Falmouth                                         0         620.00    935.00   0
Fujairah                                         620.50    610.50    991.00   0
Gibraltar                                        645.50    614.50    882.50   0
Hong Kong                                        618.00    608.00    872.50   0
Houston                                          657.00    567.00    934.00   0
Istanbul                                         630.50    602.50    912.50   0
Jeddah                                           695.00    670.00 1, 075.00  0
Kaohsiung                                        658.00    656.00    939.00   924.00
Kuwait                                           620.00    610.00    990.50   0
Leith                                            0         0         917.00   0
Lerwick                                          0         0         888.00   0
Malta                                            654.50    632.50    860.50   0
Mumbai                                           634.50    624.50    996.50   0
New York & New Jersey                            612.00    580.00    945.00   0
Panama                                           663.00    591.00    979.00   0
Piraeus                                          650.50    627.50    868.50   0
Port Louis                                       734.00    0   1, 043.00  0
Port Said                                        725.00    710.00  1, 175.00  0
Qatar                                            0         0         895.00  0
Richards Bay                                     656.00    0  1, 112.00  0
Rio de Janeiro                                   605.50    582.00    990.00   0
Rotterdam                                        599.00    575.00    819.00  0
Salalah                                          700.00    655.00   1, 100.00  0
Shanghai                                         645.50    623.50  1, 042.00  0
Sharjah                                          635.00    625.00    850.00   0
Singapore                                        632.00    625.00    888.00    0
St Petersburg                                    569.50    550.50    0   0
Stavanger                                        0         0         868.00   0
Suez                                             720.00    692.00   1, 080.00  0
Walvis Bay                                       740.00    0  1, 054.00  0
West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         748.00    1, 095.00   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
Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas: bunker.us@gac.com
Asia Pacific:          bunker.sg@gac.com
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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