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Ports & Terminals — By on April 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Immingham – Fender out of service
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine works off Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition
Centre
* Australia, Geraldton – Maintenance shut-down
* Turkey, all ports – International Workers’ Day holiday

DATE: April 26, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Immingham
Fender out of service

The Inner Downstream Fender at Immingham Gas Jetty is out of service until
further notice.

The minimum Flatside required to guarantee a port or starboard berthing
will be 45 metres.

For a port side to jetty berthing the following parallel body distances
will be required;
Forward to mid-point manifold 15 metres, Aft to mid-point of manifold 22
metres.

For a starboard side to jetty berthing the following parallel body
distances will be required;
Forward to mid-point manifold 22 metres, Aft to mid-point of manifold 15
metres.

For any vessel with a declared flatside less than 45 metres, the APT
Berthing Master must be consulted as to the suitability of the vessel.

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: April 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine works off Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

For approximately 2 years, marine works involving dredging, reclamation,
piling and construction of seawall will be carried out [to the west of Hong
Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre] in the area bounded by straight lines
joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C) and the
adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 17.002’N / 114º 09.972’E
(B) 22º 17.074’N / 114º 09.979’E
(C) 22º 17.081’N / 114º 10.338’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including two grab
dredgers, two split hopper barges, four derrick barges, three jack-up
barges, one crane barge and two flat top barges. Some tugs and guard boats
will provide assistance. 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 the grab dredger and each
barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing
lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the
grab dredger and barges.

Several silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will
be established within the works area. Each silt curtain is a large piece of
netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with
yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extents of the silt
curtains.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the
works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep
clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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.48 of 2013

DATE: April 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Geraldton
Maintenance shut-down

Geraldton Port Authority has advised that Berth 5 will be unavailable from
1800 hours on Sunday 5 May until 2359 hours on 10 May, due to a plant
maintenance shut-down.

There will be no shiploading at the berth during this time.

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

DATE: April 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: all ports
International Workers’ Day holiday

Due to the public holiday for International Workers’ Day (Labour Day),
official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed on Wednesday 1
May.

All arrangements for crew, spares, provisions, etc. should be made in
advance to ensure timely delivery.

As some ports may be closed for the holiday and fees for official services
(pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) increased by 50%, owners and operators
are urged to check prior to calling at any Turkish port.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at
turkey@gac.com

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