Hot Port News from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on May 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Arab Emirates, all ports – Navigation warning due to Traditional Dhow Sailing Race
* Singapore, Singapore – Extension of working period for subsea pipeline repair at Shell Bukom SBM
* Australia, Portland – Mooring of vessels at No. 6 Berth at Portland, Australia
* Mexico, Coatzacoalcos – Further updates to tunnel installation works  stage

DATE: May 03, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: all ports
Navigation warning due to Traditional Dhow Sailing Race

Dubai International Marine Club will be organising Traditional Dhow Sailin Race on 18 May 2013, Saturday, at 05:00 AM.

There will be an estimated of 100 boats, each with a standard length of 60 feet. The racing area is between Sir Bu Na’air Island and Burj Al Arab.

The race will be held from 05:00 hours to 16:00 hours.

The coordinates of the race course are as follow:
Starting Point-
Sir Bu Na’air Island: 25°.13’.173”N / 054°.14’.426”E
Check Point-
Moon Island: 25°.16’.554”N / 054°.40’.198”E
Finish Point-
North of Burj Al Arab: 25°.09’.429”N / 055°.09’.771”E

Vessel masters scheduled to manoeuvre in the vicinity of race course area on 18 May 2013 are advised to excise extreme caution to respect the on-racing Dhows and to avoid any obstructions. Vessel Master can contact
Jebel Ali Port Control on VHF Ch-16/ 69 for any information regarding the above.

For information about operations in Dubai contact GAC Dubai at dubai@gac.com
Source: DP World, Marine Department (U.A.E)

DATE: May 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Extension of working period for subsea pipeline repair at Shell Bukom SBM

According to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 60 of 2013, the working period for subsea pipeline repair at Shell Bukom SBM has been extended.

With effect from 1 May 13 to 30 Jul 13, subsea pipeline repair works will be conducted at Shell SBM within the area bounded by the following co-ordinates:

(1) 01° 13.114’N / 103° 46.752’E
(2) 01° 11.869’N / 103° 47.635’E
(3) 01° 11.756’N / 103° 47.865’E
(4) 01° 11.251’N / 103° 47.876’E
(5) 01° 10.932’N / 103° 47.420’E
(6) 01° 10.971’N / 103° 46.956’E
(7) 01° 11.600’N / 103° 46.997’E
(8) 01° 11.967’N / 103° 47.258’E
(9) 01° 12.797’N / 103° 46.468’E

The repair works will be conducted 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.

The craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and
night signals.

The repair works will entail the removal and reinstallation of existing SBM buoy and new subsea pipeline. Pipeline reinstallation works will be carried out by pipelay barge “LEIGHTON STEALTH” held by 4-point anchor moorings within the working area.

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

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 68 (West Control); and
(e) communicate with West Control on Channel 68 for assistance, if required.
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Port Marine Notice No. 60 of 2013

DATE: May 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Portland
Mooring of vessels at No. 6 Berth at Portland, Australia

According to Harbour Master’s Notice No. 3 of 2013, no vessel is to be positioned closer than 20 metres from the eastern extremity of the berth in order to ensure the safety of vessels berthed alongside No. 6 Berth.

Harbour Master’s Direction 3.1 (2) states “The Master of a vessel at anchor or berthed, in port waters shall not cause or permit the vessel to change its position without permission from Portland Port Control. Any Master
causing his vessel to be moved without the permission of the Harbour Master, or Duty Pilot, may be liable to prosecution for failing to comply with this Direction.”

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Austrlia at shipping.australia@gac.com
Source: Portland Harbour Master Notice No. 3 of 2013

DATE: May 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Mexico
PORT: Coatzacoalcos
Further updates to tunnel installation works – fifth stage

It was reported yesterday that the fifth and final stage of works to install a tunnel under the Coatzacolacos River will be conducted from 00:01 hours on 4 May until 24:00 hours on 7 May. The one day delay was due to
forecast of bad weather around the area.

However, port authorities have informed that due to another forecast of bad weather, the fifth stage will be carried out from 00:01 hours on 5 May until 24:00 hours on 8 May instead.

According to the authorities, the work will interfere with the navigation of vessels entering and/or sailing to either Pajaritos terminals (Agronitrogenados, Innophos and Pemex) and to the Commercial Port terminals
located on the left bank of the river (Celanese, Cemex, Vopak, Bredero Shaw, Pemex Gas, Multiver, Transferencias Graneleras del Istmo, Terminal Marítima de Altamira (PMI – Pet coke), Edf Man, etc.).

The works are part of a project to install a tunnel connecting the urban area of the City of Coatzacoalcos on the left bank to the Allende suburb on the right bank. The tunnel is designed for cars, buses and, to certain degree, trucks in a bid to solve the traffic jams on Coatzacoalcos Bridge, about 1.5 miles from the river mouth. The tunnel will cross the river about 1.1 miles of the river mouth and will be located in the entrance of Pajaritos Channel and the Commercial Port on the left bank of the river.

During the working period, the following restrictions will be in force:

1) No traffic will be allowed during the four days, at both Pajaritos Terminal & Commercial Port Terminals.
2) When the port reopens, it will be for 24 hours during the first day only.
3) For the following 8 days, port traffic will be restricted to daylight only (no night traffic allowed).
4) Vessels’ speed will be restricted to 6 knots while passing through the area.

For information about operations in Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

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