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Ports & Terminals — By on July 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  •  Benin, all ports – Security measures in Benin waters
  •  Angola, Soyo – Dredging operations
  •  India, Mormugao – Port charges to increase 30%
  •  Singapore, Singapore – Prohibition of vessels anchoring in Eastern Anchorage
  •  Philippines, Palawan – Terminal fee increased
  •  Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Silt curtains east of airport
  • Singapore, Singapore – Subsea pipeline repair
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Coal terminal five-day maintenance shutdown

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Benin
PORT: all ports
Security measures in Benin waters

The head of Benin army and navy has issued an official note to express the
commitment of Benin Government to secure Benin Waters against sea crime.

The protection, security and safety of Benin maritime space is a national
priority for the government as it is considered vital in the economic and
social development of the country. Apart from some important diplomatic
commitments engaged in the  sub-region and the writing of a national
strategy of maritime protection and safety, the Benin government has
adopted concrete and operational measures to maintain his maritime level at
its best level.

In the harbour of Cotonou port, Benin Government has created some security
zones for vessels to anchor. Benin government is committed to safeguard the
safety and the security of the anchoring ships in the zones.

In addition, Benin Naval Forces have currently six state of the art patrol
boats with which they patrol night and day, particularly in the secured
anchoring zones.

Consequently, owners and charterers are invited to use these zones rather
than distant and solitary anchoring, rendering more uncertain the state’s
means of interventions.

(For information about operations in Benin contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency
Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: Benin navy’s official letter of commitment dated 26 July 2013,
provided by OMA Benin (GAC agent)

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Angola
PORT: Soyo
Dredging operations

From, on or around 27 July 2013, dredging operations will commence within
the Port of Soyo, Pululu Channel and Angola LNG Turning Basin utilising the
dredger ‘TSHD Reynaert’.

These operations will be carried out 24 hours a day and are expected to
last for approximately 3 months.

At all times the TSHD Reynaert will display the appropriate lights and
shapes as defined under the COLREGS ‘Convention on the International
Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 as amended’.

TSHD Reynaert will at all times maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel
11 and 16.

During the time of the dredging operation; there may be a requirement to
move the navigational buoys within the Port of Soyo and a separate Safety
Notice will be issued if this is required.

All vessels are requested to navigate with caution and proceed at slow
speed when in the vicinity of the dredger when engaged in dredging
operations.

Up to date information on operations will be available through Soyo Port
Control on VHF Channel 11.

(For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at
angola@gac.com)

Source: Soyo Maritime Authority Safety Notice – Navigation – No.15/2013
dated 24 July 2013

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Mormugao
Port charges to increase 30%

Port dues, pilotage, berth hire and anchorage charges for vessels calling
at Mormugao are due to increase by 30% from 15 August.

For further details and information about operations in India contact GAC
India at india@gac.com

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Prohibition of vessels anchoring in Eastern Anchorage

The Port Master hereby prohibits all vessels from anchoring in the
demarcated area at the Eastern Anchorage (AEW). This prohibition shall take
effect on 30 July and 9 August 2013 from 0800hrs to 2200hrs on both days.

The demarcated area referred to in the preceding paragraph is bounded by
the following coordinates:
1) 01° 15.100’N / 103° 52.700’E
2) 01° 15.100’N / 103° 53.300’E
3) 01° 14.700’N / 103° 53.300’E
4) 01° 14.700’N / 103° 52.700’E

Vessels that are currently anchored within the demarcated area are required
to shift out of the area by 0600hrs on the day mentioned above.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at
singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.102
of 2013

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Philippines
PORT: Palawan
Terminal fee increased

Shell Philippines Exploration BV have advised that with immediate effect,
the terminal fee at Malampaya, Palawan, has increased to USD 35, 000 from
USD 20, 000.

For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines
at philippines@gac.com

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine Site Investigation inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter

For approximately two months, marine site investigation works involving
drilling of boreholes will be carried out [inside Causeway Bay Typhoon
Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C):
(A) 22 deg. 17.191’N / 114 deg. 11.219’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.125’N / 114 deg. 11.131’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.165’N / 114 deg. 11.119’E

The works will be carried out by one jack-up barge. Two tug boats will
provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the jack-up barge will be
established. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners
of the jack-up barge to indicate the position of the barge.

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.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in
international and local regulations.

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 N0.88 of 2013

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Silt curtains east of airport

For approximately 8 months, silt curtains will be established [east of Hong
Kong International Airport] and laid along a line joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C):
(A) 22º 18.958’N / 113º 56.619’E
(B) 22º 18.939’N / 113º 56.673’E
(C) 22º 19.045’N / 113º 56.766’E

The silt curtains will extend vertically from the sea surface to the
seabed. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid
along the surface of the silt curtains to mark the extent of the silt
curtains.

Diving operations will be carried out from a work boat from time to time
during the laying operation, inspection and maintenance works.

Vessel 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.86 of 2013
dated 24 July 2013

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Subsea pipeline repair

The working period for the repair to the subsea pipeline at Shell Bukom SBM
has been extended. The work will now be conducted from 31 July to 30
September.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Mariune
Notice No.99 of 2013, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – at Shell SBM within the area bounded
by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
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 entail the removal and reinstallation of existing SBM
buoy and new subsea pipeline. Pipeline reinstallation works will be carried
out by pipelay barge “LEIGHTON TEALTH” 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.

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 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.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at
singapore@gac.com

DATE: July 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Coal terminal five-day maintenance shutdown

Port Kembla Coal Terminal will close for five days from 0700 on 5 August
until 1900 on 10 August, to carry out maintenance work and repairs to the
ship loader.

All shiploading will be suspended during this period.

There may be some delays for a week or two for ships arriving after the
shutdown until the backlog is cleared.

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

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