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Ports & Terminals — By on July 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, New York, NewYork – Advanced notice of lightering
operations
* Singapore, Singapore – Reclamation working period extended
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Traffic halted after engine failure
* Egypt, Port Said – Permitted draft increased
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Cooperation with inspectors

DATE: July 09, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
Advanced notice of lightering operations

In order to increase situational awareness within the port, vessels
intending to conduct lightering operations outside of Vessel Traffic
Service New York (VTS) managed anchorages (Anchorage 21A, 21B, 21C, 23A,
23B, 24 and 25) shall notify the VTS Watch Supervisor at (718) 354 -4088 of
the time and place of the planned lightering operation at least four hours
in advance of the transfer in accordance with 33 CFR 156.118 (b).

Vessels conducting lightering operations within VTS managed anchorages
(Anchorage 21A, 21B, 21C, 23A, 23B, 24 and 25) must notify VTS before
beginning and at the termination of lightering operations in accordance
with 33 CFR 110.155 (d) (16), but four hour advanced notice is not
required.

According to 33 CFR 156.205, lightering operations means the transfer of a
cargo of oil or a hazardous material in bulk from one vessel to another,
including all phases of the operation from the beginning of the mooring
operation to the departure of the service vessel from the vessel to be
lightered, except when that cargo is intended only for use as a fuel or
lubricant aboard the receiving vessel.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at
usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New York, Advisory Notice (CGAN 2013-016)
dated 7 July 2013

DATE: July 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Reclamation working period extended

The working period for reclamation works at Pulau Tekong have been
extended. The work will now bee conducted from 10 July 2013 to 9 January
2014.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.90 of 2013 dated 9 July, the works will be carried out 24 hours
daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays- within a working area
bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
L1)          01°25.890’N / 104°03.478’E
L2/*TJUT-20) 01°26.260’N / 104°03.478’E
(Yellow / Pillar / Fl Y 2s)
TJUT-19)     01°26.544’N / 104°02.353’E
(Black/Yellow / Pillar / Q Fl)
TJUT-18)     01°26.271’N / 104°01.343’E
(Yellow / Pillar / Fl Y 4s)
North Tekong)01°26.021’N / 104°01.033’E
(Black/ Yellow / Pillar / Q Fl)
5)           01°25.488’N / 104°00.444’E
Tekong)      01°25.406’N / 104°00.442’E
(Green / Conical / Fl (3) G 15s)
West Tekong) 01°25.167’N / 104°00.434’E
(Yellow/ Black/ Yellow / Pillar / Q(9)15s)
TJUT-6)      01°24.583’N / 104°00.634’E
(Green / Conical / Fl (2) G 10s)
TJUT-5)      01°24.218’N / 104°00.759’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-3)      01°23.350’N / 104°01.057’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2s)
Malang Tiga) 01°23.044’N / 104°01.417’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2.5s)
TJUT-1)      01°22.591’N / 104°01.949’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
Nelayan)     01°21.853’N / 104°02.817’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-9)      01°21.074’N / 104°03.734’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-21)     01°20.600’N / 104°04.290’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2s)
6)           01°20.090’N / 104°04.899’E
South Nelayan)01°20.090’N / 104°05.009’E
(Yellow / Black / Pillar / Q(6) + LFl 15s)
8)           01°20.313’N / 104°05.215’E
9)           01°20.375’N / 104°05.212’E
10)          01°20.752’N / 104°04.944’E
TJUT-10)     01°21.079’N / 104°04.776’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 2s)
11)          01°21.406’N / 104°04.608’E
Red Calder)  01°21.750’N / 104°04.690’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 4s)
TJUT-11)     01°22.267’N / 104°04.876’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 6s)
Calder)      01°23.044’N / 104°05.159’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 8s)
12)          01°23.489’N / 104°05.338’E
13/TJUT-22)  01°23.661’N / 104°05.391’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 10s)
14)          01°23.985’N / 104°05.423’E
15)          01°24.237’N / 104°05.408’E
16/TJUT-23)  01°24.376’N / 104°05.375’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 2s)
17)          01°24.481’N / 104°05.260’E
18)          01°24.556’N / 104°05.050’E

* Note: Buoy “TJUT-20” is installed with a silt and current meter.

Reclamation works at Pulau Tekong will involve dredging, construction of
revetment, soil investigation and soil improvement works. Soil improvement
works will entail stabilized dredging, sand piling and deep cement mixing.
The cutter-suction dredger will be used for the bund construction within
the working area.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the
operations in the 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 look-out;
(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21;
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: July 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: Turkish Straits
Traffic halted after engine failure

Southbound traffic in the Bosphorus was halted from just after 1500 hours
until 1730 hours local time today (9 July) after a vessel suffered engine
failure around Kandilli.

A salvage operation was launched with a tug towing the vessel to anchorage
area for safety formalities.

For information about operations in the Turkish STraits contact GAC
Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

DATE: July 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Port Said
Permitted draft increased

The Head of Port Said Movement has advised that the permitted draft for
vessels entering/departing from the western branch has been increased from
13.5 metres to 13.8 metres.

For information about operations in Egypt contact GAC Egypt at
egypt@gac.com

DATE: July 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Suez Canal
Cooperation with inspectors

The Egyptian Navy has issued a reminder that masters of vessels transiting
the Suez Canal must cooperate with Commission inspectors in the performance
of their duties without any dispute from the crew.

In case an inspector is unable to perform their duties due to the
interception of the Captain or crew, the following penalties will be
applied:

1) The ship will be stopped for 7 days in custody.

2) The ship’s captain, or the person obstructing the Commission inspector
shall be questioned by the military prosecutor’s office.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at
suezcanal@gac.com

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