Hot Pot News from GAC

Bunkering, Ports & Terminals — By on October 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM

GAC-newYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – Tropical Storm Karen gaining
strength
* Yemen, Mukalla – Dhow experiencing engine trouble
* Hong Kong, all ports – Sinking of fishing vessel
* Australia, Cape Lambert – Port expansion
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 03/09/2013

DATE: October 03, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana
Tropical Storm Karen gaining strength

A hurricane watch is in effect for Grand Isle Louisiana to Indian Pass
Florida. A tropical storm watch is in effect for west of Grand Isle to east
of Morgan City Louisiana, metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas and Lake
Pontchartrain….

….At 1000am CDT (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located
near latitude 22.2 north, longitude 87.9 west. Karen is moving toward the
north-northwest near 12mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the north and a
decrease in forward speed are expected during the next 48 hours. On the
forecast track the center of Karen is expected to approach the coast within
the hurricane watch area on Saturday.

Data from an Air Force reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that
maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65mph (100 km/h) with higher
gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible in the next day or so and
Karen is expected to be at or near hurricane strength on Friday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the
center….

….Hurricane conditions are possible within portions of the hurricane
watch area by Saturday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible by
late Friday.

Karen is expected to produce heavy rainfall over portions of western Cuba
and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula during the next day or so.

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

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Karen Advisory
No.2 issued at 1000am CDT on3 October 2013

DATE: October 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Yemen
PORT: Mukalla
Dhow experiencing engine trouble

Mariners are hereby advised that, on 29 Sep 13, Socotra Island Naval
Station reported that the dhow Gasal Houlf experienced engine trouble after
it sailed from Socotra to Mukalla.

The Gasal Houlf was last contacted on 03 Oct 13 on or about 1300L where it
reported position at approximately 13 36N  55 46E.

All flagged operators with ships in the area are requested to forward this
advisory. Ships are hereby advised to transit with caution and or render
assistance if possible.

Dhow name: Gasal Houlf, wooden hull, Color: red/brown, Length 15-20 meters,
Width: 7 meters, Engine: inside hull, Crew: 5 to 7 Yemeni, Cargo: fish,
Last port of call: Socotra, Next port of call: Mukalla.

Contact the following with any questions: Capt Nasser Al Kahtani, Yemen
Snr, cell 00973-3939-2903 or marlo: email marlo.bahrain@me.navy.mil, phone:
00973-3940-1395.

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

Source: MARLO (U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office, Bahrain) Maritime
Advisory to Shipping dated 3 October 2013

DATE: October 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: all ports
Sinking of fishing vessel

The Hong Kong SAR Marine Department has highlighted important safety
lessons following the investigation into an incident in which a local
fishing vessel sunk and the coxswain drowned.

The Marine Department Notice No. 113 of 2013 describes that the wooden
fishing vessel carrying seven persons including the coxswain was steaming
with a slow speed at about 30 meters from the coast of Tit Cham Chau in the
region of Junk Bay. The vessel was pushed to the shallow water area by
heavy waves generated by two pleasure boats passing by at a distance about
60 meters at high speed. The vessel heaved and rolled severely causing the
bottom of its hull to hit some hard objects at the seabed and cracked.
Seawater poured in through the crack and the vessel finally sank.

After the coxswain heard the cracking sound of his boat, he inspected the
engine room and saw that water was rushing in quickly through the crack at
the bottom of the hull. Before he could start the bilge pump, the vessel
began to sink. Six persons jumped into the sea and swam ashore while the
coxswain was still trying to connect the bilge pump. He was late found to
have trapped inside the vessel as it sank. His body was recovered from
inside a storage compartment of the vessel by rescuers on the next morning.

The investigation revealed that the main contributory factors to the
accident were:
– while steaming at a slow speed, heavy waves generated by high speed
vessels nearby pushed the fishing vessel to the shallow water area causing
its hull to rupture when the vessel was punctured by hard objects on the
seabed and the vessel sank rapidly;
and
– the coxswain who tried to connect the bilge pump had underestimated the
speed of sinking of the vessel and that led to the accident.

The attention of the owners, coxswains and persons in charge of local
licensed vessels is drawn to the important lesson learnt from the above
accident as follows:
a) vessel taking a route close to shore should allow for extra margins in
case the vessel is pushed to the shallow water area due to heavy waves; and

b) when a vessel is sinking, the coxswain and/or person in charge of a
vessel should evaluate the risk to life before attempting to salvage the
vessel.

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at
shipping.hongkong@gac.com

DATE: October 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Cape Lambert
Port expansion

Rio Tinto has completed a major expansion at Cape Lambert which will help
its Pilbara operations become the largest in Australia.

Cape Lambert’s wharf B (CLB) was officially opened this week, and is part
of Rio’s wider expansion plans in the Pilbara where it plans to increase
annual capacity to 353 million tonnes per annum.

The CLB system delivered its first shipment in late August with ramp-up on
schedule to reach a full run-rate by the end of the first half of 2014.

The phase two expansion of the port, rail and power infrastructure is
underway with a number of options for mine capacity growth are under
evaluation including incremental tonnes from low-cost productivity
improvements, expansion of existing mines and the potential development of
new mines.

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

DATE: October 03, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 03/09/2013
—————
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
 MARKET PRICE UPDATE 03/09/2013

180 CST   380 CST   MGO    MDO

  • Aberdeen                                                 0         0         959.00     0
  • Aden                                                    720.00    0  1, 095.00  0
  • Alexandria                                        720.00    700.00   1, 190.00  0
  • Amsterdam                                       613.00    590.00    906.00   0
  • Antwerp                                             615.00    590.00    901.00   0
  • Aqaba                                                        0         696.00   1, 000.00  0
  • Bahrain                                                     0         0  1, 045.00  0
  • Bergen                                                 683.00    653.00    948.00   0
  • Busan                                                   660.00    633.50    940.00    930.00
  • Cape Town                                        645.00    0         986.00   0
  • Colombo                                             655.00    656.00  1, 020.00  0
  • Dubai                                                    618.00    608.00    860.00    0
  • Durban                                                 619.00    0  1, 058.00  0
  • Falmouth                                             697.00    645.00    972.00     0
  • Fujairah                                                642.00    610.00    995.00    0
  • Gibraltar                                              676.00    641.00    952.00    0
  • Hong Kong                                          631.00    629.00    923.00    0
  • Houston                                               670.00    600.00    975.00   0
  • Istanbul                                                658.00    626.00    982.00    0
  • Jeddah                                                  690.00    670.00   1, 095.00  0
  • Kaohsiung                                           652.00    640.00   1, 010.00  995.00
  • Kuwait                                                  643.00    612.00   1, 048.00  0
  • Leith                                                           0         0         999.00    0
  • Lerwick                                                     0         0         956.00    0
  • Malta                                                    710.00    682.00    940.00    0
  • Mumbai                                               648.00    643.00   1, 093.00  0
  • New York & New Jersey              630.00    605.00    980.00    0
  • Panama                                                673.00    613.00  1, 030.00  0
  • Piraeus                                                 691.00    662.00    945.00    0
  • Port Louis                                           727.00    0   1, 075.00  0
  • Port Said                                             720.00    670.00   1, 060.00  0
  • Qatar                                                         0         0         983.00     0
  • Richards Bay                                    629.00    0   1, 068.00  0
  • Rio de Janeiro                                  631.00    607.00   1, 000.00  0
  • Rotterdam                                         612.00    588.00    901.00     0
  • Salalah                                                708.00    668.00  1, 138.00  0
  • Shanghai                                            665.00    648.00  1, 061.00  0
  • Sharjah                                               618.00    608.00    860.00     0
  • Singapore                                          613.00    606.00    900.00    0
  • St Petersburg                                   470.00    450.00    815.00   0
  • Stavanger                                               0         0         973.00    0
  • Suez                                                     675.00    655.00  1, 060.00  0
  • Walvis Bay                                       695.00    0  1, 088.00  0
  • West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  710.00    670.00    990.000

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC
group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.

The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be
approached directly for firm prices.

Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com
Europe:                bunker.gb@gac.com
Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas: bunker.us@gac.com
Asia Pacific:          bunker.sg@gac.com
Indian Subcontinent:   bunker.sl@gac.com

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or
with your bunker enquiry.

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