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Ports & Terminals — By on September 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Benin, Cotonou – Maintenance closure of BJCOO Port jetty
* Singapore, Singapore – Revised working details for submarine cable
repairs
* Australia, Mackay – Amended port navigation depths in pilotage area

DATE: September 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Benin
PORT: Cotonou
Maintenance closure of BJCOO Port jetty

SONACOP jetty (P2) will be closed to vessel traffic from mid-October for a
period of three weeks in order for maintenance work to be conducted.

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

Source: OMA Benin – GAC network agent

DATE: September 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Revised working details for submarine cable repairs

The working areas and period for submarine cable repairs of Pulau Busing,
Selat Strait, have been revised. The works will now be carried out from 29
September and 30 November.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 123 of 2013, the works will be conducted from 0700 to 1900 hours
daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working areas
bounded by the following coordinates:

Working Area “A” (WGS 84)
F) 1 deg. 15.077’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
G) 1 deg. 15.340’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
H) 1 deg. 15.452’N / 103 deg. 44.013’E
I) 1 deg. 15.002’N / 103 deg. 44.056’E

Working Area “B” (WGS 84)
E) 1 deg. 14.849’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
F) 1 deg. 15.077’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
I) 1 deg. 15.002’N / 103 deg. 44.056’E
J) 1 deg. 14.758’N / 103 deg. 44.079’E

Working Area “C” (WGS 84)
D) 1 deg. 14.407’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
E) 1 deg. 14.849’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
J) 1 deg. 14.758’N / 103 deg. 44.079’E
K) 1 deg. 14.407’N / 103 deg. 44.113’E

Working Area “D” (WGS 84)
C) 1 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
D) 1 deg. 14.407’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
K) 1 deg. 14.407’N / 103 deg. 44.113’E
L) 1 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 44.133’E

Working Area “E” (WGS 84)
A) 1 deg. 13.695’N / 103 deg. 44.503’E
B) 1 deg. 13.982’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
C) 1 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 43.856’E
L) 1 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 44.133’E
N) 1 deg. 13.881’N / 103 deg. 44.503’E
M) 1 deg. 13.982’N / 103 deg. 44.503’E

The repair work will entail the cutting, capping and sealing of the damaged
submarine power cable. The work barge “Masakuni”, will have a circular
safety working zone of 60 meters radius centered at the barge.

Divers will be deployed for the recovery of the submarine power cable.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn
other craft of the project work.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the safety zone of the barge;
(b) maintain a proper look-out;
(c) proceed at a safe speed;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68; and
(e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for any assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: September 20, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Mackay
Amended port navigation depths in pilotage area

Mariners are advised that the design and actual port navigation depths
below port datum, Lowest
Astronomical Tide, [at Mackay Harbour entrance and berths] are amended as
of Friday, 20 September 2013 as follows:

ENTRANCE CHANNEL
– Design Depth (Metres): 8.5
– Actual Depth (Metres): 9.0*

SWING BASIN
– Design Depth (Metres): 8.5
– Actual Depth (Metres): 8.4*

BERTH No.1
– Design Depth (Metres): 10.6
– Actual Depth (Metres): 10.5

BERTH No.3
– Design Depth (Metres): 13.0
– Actual Depth (Metres): 12.3*

BERTH 3&4 COMPOSITE
– Design Depth (Metres):   –
– Actual Depth (Metres): 12.3

BERTH No.4
– Design Depth (Metres): 10.6
– Actual Depth (Metres): 10.4

BERTH No.5
– Design Depth (Metres): 12.5
– Actual Depth (Metres): 11.8*

* Revised or new entry.

Maritime Safety Queensland charts affected: none.

Latitude and longitude positions are on WGS84 horizontal datum and are compatible with GDA94 datum.

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Queensland Notice to Mariners 753 (Temporary) of 2013 dated 20Septem, ber 2013

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