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Ports & Terminals — By on May 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* South Africa, Cape Town – High winds & swell: possible impact on OPL services
* Nigeria, Escravos Oil Terminal – Support vessel capsized
* United States, San Francisco, California – Changes to Offshore Traffic Separation Scheme
* United Arab Emirates, Port of Fujairah – Oiol cargo operations for non-IACS members
* India, New Mangalore – Permissible berth draft reduced
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Installation of Temporary Floating Booms
* Indonesia, Benoa – Dredging to accommodate large cruise ships

GAC-smallDATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: South Africa
PORT: Cape Town
High winds & swell: possible impact on OPL services

Moderate to very strong NW winds with a swell of up to 7 metres are
expected to limit Cape Town’s launch boat service fleet and capability to
provide safe Off Port Limits (OPL) services towards the end of this week.
From 31 May, storm-force winds of 80km/h or more and swells in excess of 8
m which could render any OPL services unsafe to complete.

Vessels are therefore urged to consider applying for ISPS as a matter of
course going forward to allow the Bay Anchorage areas to be considered as a
possible alternative should weather conditions not allow for service to be
completed safely at the OPL area.

The adverse weather will also have an impact on cargo working vessels in
the port which can result in berth congestion. Basis same we also foresee
berthing and sailing delays during this period as result of the weather
front passing through.

For information about operations in Cape Town contact GAC South Africa at
shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: Escravos Oil Terminal
Support vessel capsized

A support vessel has capsized and sunk during  a tanker loading operation
at a Single Mooring Buoy 30 km offshore in the Escravos area.

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, has
confirmed that Jascon #4 vessel belonging to its contractor, West African
Ventures Limited, capsized and sank in the early hours of Sunday (26 May).

A Chevron statement says that initial reports indicated that heavy ocean
swells caused the Jascon #4 to capsize while performing tension tow
operations of the tanker at SBM #3. Emergency Response has commenced,
including Search and Rescue operation with surface vessels, helicopters and
divers.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at
nigeria@gac.com

DATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: San Francisco, California
Changes to Offshore Traffic Separation Scheme

Amendments to San Francisco’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Traffic
Separation Scheme (TSS) will come into effect at 1701 local time on Friday
31 May  (0001 on 1 June GMT).

A general description of the amendments is as follows:

Northern Approach:
The TSS amendment narrows the Northern Approach from its flared
configuration to a consistent 3 NM width that includes a 1 NM separation
zone and two 1 NM wide traffic lanes.  The Northern Approach is extended by
18.2 NM.

Western Approach:
The TSS amendment narrows the Western Approach from its flared
configuration to a consistent 3 NM width overall that includes a 1 NM
separation zone and two 1 NM wide traffic lanes.  The Western Approach is
extended by 5.9 NM.

Southern Approach:
The TSS amendment extends the Southern Approach 8.5 NM with no change in
traffic lane or separation zone width.

The VTS San Francisco offshore reporting procedures have been adjusted to
modify reporting waypoints and waypoint designators for each Approach Lane.
Vessels must report vessel name, position, true course and speed, and ETA
to each subsequent waypoint upon entering the TSS inbound and outbound.

For further details and information about operations in the USA contact GAC
USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Port of Fujairah
Oiol cargo operations for non-IACS members

Fujairah’s Harbour Master has advised that tankers classed under non-IACS
members are not permitted to perform oil cargo operations in Fujairah.

For further details and information about operations in Fujairah contact
GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com

DATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: New Mangalore
Permissible berth draft reduced

Due to siltation in the berth face, the maximum permissible draft in [New
Mangalore’s] Berths No.15 & 14 West is reduced to 14 metres, with 1 metre
height of tide, with immediate effect.

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at
india@gac.com)

Source: New Mangalore Port Trust circular No.4/42/2013/MDE4 dated 18 May2013

DATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Installation of Temporary Floating Booms

For approximately 2 weeks, marine works involving installation of four
floating booms will be carried out [inside New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter]
within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) and theadjacent shoreline:-
(A) 22 deg. 18.984’N / 114 deg. 09.573’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.983’N / 114 deg. 09.571’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.007’N / 114 deg. 09.562’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.008’N / 114 deg. 09.563’E

2. These four floating booms connected in a slightly curved line in tandem
will be installed near the outlets of the Cherry Street Box Culvert with two ends of each
boom fixed on the vertical seawall for approximately 12 months. The purpose
of these floating booms is to intercept general floating refuse thereat, and
each boom comprises a 13 meters long polystyrene float with silt curtain extending 3
meters vertically downwards from the sea surface.
3. The works will be carried out by a motor sampan. Vessel engaged in the
works will display signals as prescribed in international and local
regulations.
4. The hours of work will be from 0900 to 1800 hours. No works will be
carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works
will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.
5. 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.65 of 2013

DATE: May 28, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Benoa
Dredging to accommodate large cruise ships

Access channels to three Indonesian cruise harbours will be dredged this
year to meet international demand from large cruise ship companies.

The three harbours are:
– Benoa harbour in south Bali;
– Tanjung Perak, the harbour of Surabaya, capital of East Java;
and
– Tanjung Emas harbour of Semarang, capital of Central Java.
The two latter are located on the northern coast of Java. Cruises tie up in
Semarang to allow passengers to visit the world famous Borobudur temple,
while Surabaya is the starting point for tours to the Bromo crater.

The channels will be dredged 12 metres deep to be on par with international
standard harbours and to allow large cruise ships tie up sail alongside.
Each of these cruise ships carry between 2, 000 to 6, 000 passengers each.

Dredging of the three harbours requires around Rp. 120 billion.

Last year, the MV ‘Legend of the Seas’, carrying 3000 tourists from
Australia, Singapore, the USA, England and Germany with approximately 1000
crew on board was the first of the world’s large cruise ships to enter
Indonesia, making it through the narrow channel, to lay alongside the Benoa
pier on 16 January 2012.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC at
shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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