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Ports & Terminals, Taxation — By on July 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, San Francisco, California – Enforcement of America’s Cup Regulated Area
* Qatar, Doha – Dead whale sighted
* United Arab Emirates, Mina Saqr – Saqr Port working hours during Ramadan
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Under deck tonnage calculation
* Ecuador, Guayaquil – Access channel still closed
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/07/13
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/07/13

DATE: July 10, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: San Francisco, California
Enforcement of America’s Cup Regulated Area

This summer, the Coast Guard will enforce special local regulations and
safety zones to regulate the on-water activities associated with the 34th
America’s Cup sailing events taking place in San Francisco Bay from July 4,
2013  until September 23, 2013.

These special regulations create no-entry zones, transit-only zones and
traffic management measures to faciliate the safe and continuous flow of
commerce during times when the America’s Cup regulated area is enforced.

The following guidelines summarise the measures in place during times when
the America’s Cup Primary Regulated Area is enforced:

1. The Race Area, bounded by America’s Cup support vessels, is closed to
all unauthorised vessel traffic, except those permitted by the Captain of
the the Port (COTP) or Patrol Commander (PATCOM). Vessel operators who
desire to enter or operate within the Race Area must contact PATCOM on VHF
Channel 23A to obtain permission to do so.

2. The Coast GUard will enforce a transit zone along the City of San
Francisco waterfront primarily for commercial vessels that need access to
pier space or facilities along the waterfront, or need to transit along the
waterfront due to their nature of their route or service. Recreational
vessels needing access to/from their berth space or other waterfront
facilities and services may also be permitted to use the transit  zone. The
transit zone will be marked by America’s Cup support vessels and buoys. No
vessel may anchor, block, loiter in, or otherwise impede transit in the
transit zone. Eastern sections of the transit zone will be temprarily
closed as races finish, and vessels will need to request permission for
entry from PATCOM as described above.

3. The Coast GUard will enforce a non-motorized vessel zone. This area is
closed to all motorized vessels and all other vessels greater than 20 feet.
All vessels are prohibited from anchoring in this designated area. The area
also contains the existing National Park Service Wildlife Protection Area,
extending 300 ft from shore along the waterfront portion of Crissy Field,
which is closed to all vessels.

4. The Coast GUard will enforce no-loitering areas during races, one south
of the Race Area and one northeast of the Race Area between North Channel
Lighted buoys “1” and “2” and the southern boundary of Anchorage 7. NO
vessels may anchor or loiter in these waters, except with permission of
PATCOM.

5. The Coast GUard will enforce a no-entry Safety Zone at the northeast
corner of the Race Area.

6. The area between North Channel Lighted buoys “1” and “2” and the Bay
Bridge will be enforced as a one-way traffic zone for all vessels greater
tha 1, 600 gross tons. In general, vessels greater than 1, 600 gross tons
should use the D-E span of the Bay Bridge unless safety of navigation
dictates otherwise.

7. The National Park Service will enforce a 500 ft no-entry zone
surrounding Alcatraz Island to protecting nesting birds. This no-entry zone
will be marked by buoys.

8. The Eastbound and Westbound San Francisco Bay Traffic Lanes will be
closed to all vessels greater than or equal to 100 gross tons. All traffic
greater than or equal to 100 gross tons will use the Deep Water (two-way)
Traffic Lane during the race periods unless otherwise authorized by the
COTP. Vessels of 100 gross tons or greater that need to deviate from these
measures must obtain permission from the COPT by contacting the San
Francisco Bat Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) via VHF-FM Channel 14 or by
calling (415) 556-2760.

9. No vessel may anchor in Anchorage 7 except with the permission of the
COTP. Vessels encountering emergencies that require anchoring in Anchorage
7 should contact VTS on VHF-FM Channel 14 or by calling (415) 556-2760.

Mariners are reminded that San Francisco Bat is designated as a narrow
channel or fairway, and that Rule 9 of the Inland Rules of the Road apply
to interactions between deep draft vessels and small recreational craft.
While Rule 9 is in effect, Rule 18 – which prescribes responsiblities
between vessels – does not apply. This means that all sailing vessels and
any other vessels less than 20m in length DO NOT have right of way over
deep draft vessels in the San Francisco Bay. For all other vessel
interactions, Rule 18 applies….

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Bay Marine Safety & Security
Information Bulletin 13-05

DATE: July 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Qatar
PORT: Doha
Dead whale sighted

The U.S. Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) in Bahrain has issued a warning
that a large dead whale has been sighted floating 65 NM northeast of Doha,
at position 26-42N, 052-14E.

In its Notice to Mariners issued today (10 July), MARLO urges all vessels
in the affected area to transit with caution.

For information about operations in or off Qatar contact GAC Qatar at
qatar@gac.com

DATE: July 10, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Mina Saqr
Saqr Port working hours during Ramadan

During the Holy Month of Ramadan the working hours of Saqr Port will be as
follows:

Saturday to Thursday:
0700 to 1900 hours at Standard Rates
1900 to 0700 hours at Overtime Rates

Friday:
24 hours at Overtime Rates

(For information about operations in Saqr contact GAC Ras Al KHaimah at
rasalkhaimah@gac.com)

Source: Saqr Port Authority Notice dated 7 July 2013

DATE: July 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Suez Canal
Under deck tonnage calculation

The Suez Canal Authority requests   owners/operators of vessels transiting
for the first time to include under deck tonnage calculation details in the
Suez Canal tonnage certificates.

This comes after the recent observation of miscalculations in under deck
tonnage mentioned in certificates issued by the vessels’ class, which have
been discovered when tonnage details for similar vessels are submitted,
forcing the Authority to demand the  transit fee discrepancy to correct the
mistakes.

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

DATE: July 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Ecuador
PORT: Guayaquil
Access channel still closed

Guayaquil access channel remains closed today (10 July) following
yesterday’s collision which resulted in a boat sinking and another ship’s
propeller becoming entangled in a shipping net. Transits are not authorised
for any vessels of more than 4.5 metres draft.

Inspection by divers is still in progress, and the Maritime Authorities are
considering detonating the sunken fishing ship in order to open up
transits. Channel access is expected to open tomorrow morning (11 July).

(For information about operations in Ecuador contact the GAC Houston Hub
Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)

DATE: July 10, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/07/13
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GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
 MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/07/13

180 CST   380 CST   MGO   MDO

  • Aberdeen                                         0         0         937.00   0
  • Aden                                             710.00    0  1, 095.00  0
  • Alexandria                                   710.00    670.00 1, 070.00
  • Amsterdam                                 611.00    588.00    889.00
  • Antwerp                                      623.00    595.00    896.00    0
  •  Aqaba                                              0         710.00    995.00  0
  • Bahrain                                            0         0   1, 058.00  0
  • Bergen                                          674.00    650.00    916.00    0
  • Busan                                            632.00    612.00    930.00  920.00
  • Cape Town                                   659.00    0         985.00   0
  • Colombo                                       685.00    675.00  1, 035.00  0
  • Dubai                                            645.00    630.00    900.00   0
  • Durban                                         633.00    0    1, 065.00  0
  • Falmouth                                        0         605.00    970.00    0
  • Fujairah                                        670.00    595.00    1, 000.00  0
  • Gibraltar                                       672.50    642.50    949.50   0
  • Hong Kong                                    631.50    616.50    946.50  0
  • Houston                                        670.00    585.00    980.00   0
  • Istanbul                                        647.50    622.50    960.50    0
  • Jeddah                                          680.00    650.00   1, 070.00  0
  • Kaohsiung                                     671.00    626.00    995.00   980.00
  • Kuwait                                           605.50    592.00    999.00   0
  • Leith                                                  0         0         963.00   0
  • Lerwick                                             0         0         965.60   0
  • Malta                                             691.50    670.50    946.50   0
  • Mumbai                                        628.00    614.50    1, 112.00  0
  • New York & New Jersey            620.00    595.00    954.00  0
  • Panama                                         678.00    614.00   1, 020.00  0
  • Piraeus                                          691.50    666.50    950.50   0
  • Port Louis                                     745.00    0     1, 050.00  0
  • Port Said                                       725.00    700.00     1, 070.00  0
  • Qatar                                                0         0         905.00     0
  • Richards Bay                                645.00    0   1, 095.00  0
  • Rio de Janeiro                              646.50    623.00    940.00  0
  • Rotterdam                                    619.00    596.00    897.00 0
  • Salalah                                           699.00    649.00     1, 145.00  0
  • Shanghai                                        656.50    628.50    1, 072.50  0
  • Sharjah                                          645.00    630.00    900.00  0
  • Singapore                                      614.00    606.00    896.00   0
  • St Petersburg                               598.50    578.50    0    0
  • Stavanger                                         0         0         911.00     0
  • Suez                                               670.00    640.00    1, 060.00  0
  • Walvis Bay                                    698.00    0     1, 040.00  0
  • West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0     700.00    1, 015.00  0

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