Hot Port News from GAC

Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on October 23, 2013 at 9:40 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Grangemouth – Petrochemical plant to close
* United States, all ports – Customs and Border Protection system issues
* Philippines, all ports – Changes to air traffic control radar system
* Australia, Darwin – East Arm Wharf container crane outage
* Lebanon, all ports – Boycott Office certificate required
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Traffic suspended following engine failure
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Strait to close for Republic Day fireworks
* Brazil, Suape – Maintenance at PGL-1 west side pier
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 23/10/2013

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Grangemouth
Petrochemical plant to close

The petrochemical plant at the giant Grangemouth complex in central
Scotland is to close.

Ineos made the announcement following a meeting with the workforce at the
plant and its associated oil refinery. The company said a decision on
whether to restart the refinery would be taken once the “threat of strike
action” had been removed.

Ineos said liquidators for the petrochemical plant would be appointed
within a week.

For further details and updates contact GAC UK at
agency.grangemouth@gac.com. For information about operations in the UK
contact uk@gac.com

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
Customs and Border Protection system issues

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has advised that some
internal systems issues are being experienced which may result in ports
operating under downtime procedures.

The CBP is also receiving reports from the trade of issues with the
processing of EDI messages. Technical personnel are working to identify and
resolve these issues.

For the meantime, however, the CBP is unable to transmit CSMS messaging,
but will endeavour to provide updated information as and when available.

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

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: Philippines
PORT: all ports
Changes to air traffic control radar system

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is upgrading its
radar system in an effort to further improve air traffic control and
monitoring.

The exercise, which is scheduled from 12:01am on 23 October until 6:00am on
24 October, 2013, will affect several PAL and PALExpress flights, following
government’s directive to all Philippine carriers to reduce the number of
flights during the period of upgrade.

The following are the affected flights on 23 and 24 October:

October 23, 2013
PAL EXPRESS (2P)
2P039/040 MNL/MPH/MNL
2P073/074 MNL/MPH/MNL
2P925/926 MNL/LGP/MNL
2P545/546 MNL/DGT/MNL
2P519/520 MNL/CGY/MNL
2P995/996 MNL/ZAM/MN
2P081/082 MNL/KLO/MNL
2P971/972 MNL/TAC/MNL
2P959/960 MNL/CBO/MNL
2P911/912 MNL/BCD/MNL
2P905/906 MNL/BCD/MNL
2P939/940 MNL/OZC/MNL
2P929/930 MNL/ILO/MNL
2P933/934 MNL/ILO/MNL
2P800 MNL/SIN

October 23, 2013
PAL (PR)
PR 809/810 MNL/DVO/MNL
PR819/820 MNL/DVO/MNL
PR823 MNL/DVO
PR843/844 MNL/CEB/MNL
PR847/848 MNL/CEB/MNL
PR853/854 MNL/CEB/MNL
PR863/864 MNL/CEB/MNL
PR865/866 MNL/CEB/MNL
PR836 CEB/MNL

October 24, 2013
PAL EXPRESS (2P)
2P 267 / 268 MNL/NAGA/MNL
2P 801 SIN/MNL

October 24, 2013
PAL (PR)
PR 808 DVO/MNL
PR841 MNL/CEB
PR 836 CEB/MNL

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

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Darwin
East Arm Wharf container crane outage

The Port of Darwin’s East Arm Wharf container crane remains out of action
following the failure of its boom brake mechanics on 14 October.

Work is underway to assess the damage to the crane to determine a long-term
solution.

Initial indications are that it could take up to three months to get the
crane back in operation. Discussions are underway to investigate the
possible mobilisation of a mobile harbour crane to Darwin.

Meanwhile, loading and discharge operations are continuing using ships’
equipment. However, as this is not as efficient as the shore crane, delays
are being experienced.

The crane breakdown coincided with an extremely large shipping demand.
Every effort is being made to minimise delays.

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

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: Lebanon
PORT: all ports
Boycott Office certificate required

With immediate effect, certification must be obtained from the Ministry of
Economy and Commerce/the Boycott Office of Israel prior to a vessel’s call
at a Lebanese port whether the vessel have previously called at an Israeli
Port and/or is blacklisted from calling at Lebanese ports.

A copy of the said certificate from the Boycott Office of Israel is to be
presented to the relevant port authorities together with the Notice of
vessel’s ETA to a Lebanese port.

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

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: Turkish Straits
Traffic suspended following engine failure

Bosphorus traffic was suspended from 06:42 to 07:35 hours local time today
(23 October) after a vessel suffered engine failure around Kandilli.

The vessel was towed the vessel to anchorage area.

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

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: Turkish Straits
Strait to close for Republic Day fireworks

The Strait of Bosphorus will be closed from 14:00 to 23:00 hours local time
on Tuesday 29 October, due to firework displays planned in the Strait and
on the Bosphorus Bridge to mark Turkish Republic Day.

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

DATE: October 23, 2013
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: Suape
Maintenance at PGL-1 west side pier

Suape Port Terminal has advised that the liquid pier PGL-1 west side is out
of use for one week starting today (23 October) due to maintenance on the
fenders.

During this period, all tanker vessels to call at that pier will berth at
pier PGL-1 east side with 9, 60m maximum draft plus the lowest tide height
for the time of berthing until unberthing +48 hours.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at
shipping.brazil@gac.com

DATE: October 23, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 23/10/2013

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
 MARKET PRICE UPDATE 23/10/2013

180 CST   380 CST   MGO MDO

  • Aberdeen                                         0         0         971.00   0
  • Aden                                             720.00    0   1, 095.00  0
  • Alexandria                                       0         0    1, 200.00  0
  • Amsterdam                                        601.00    578.00    909.00  0
  • Antwerp                                          613.00    585.00    917.00   0
  • Aqaba                                            0         730.00   1, 050.00  0
  • Bahrain                                          0         0     1, 052.00  0
  • Bergen                                           678.00    649.00    977.00   0
  • Busan                                            663.00    639.00    940.00  930.00
  • Cape Town                                        643.00    0         990.00      0
  • Colombo                                          660.00    662.00   1, 020.00  0
  • Dubai                                            645.00    615.00    880.00  0
  • Durban                                           628.00    0    1, 050.00  0
  • Falmouth                                         697.00    645.00    972.00   0
  • Fujairah                                         654.00    624.00    994.00    0
  • Gibraltar                                        669.50    633.50    975.50  0
  • Hong Kong                                        629.50    620.50    946.50  0
  • Houston                                          672.00    602.00    985.00    0
  • Istanbul                                         660.50    630.50   1, 007.50  0
  • Jeddah                                           680.00    660.00   1, 060.00  0
  • Kaohsiung                                        653.00    641.00   1, 010.00  995.00
  • Kuwait                                           629.00    623.00    994.00   0
  • Leith                                            0         0  1, 003.00  0
  • Lerwick                                          0         0         978.00   0
  • Malta                                            699.50    671.50    969.50    0
  • Mumbai                                           645.50    639.50   1, 140.50  0
  • New York & New Jersey                            635.00    610.00    975.00  0
  • Panama                                           674.00    610.00   1, 030.00  0
  • Piraeus                                          688.50    659.50    974.50   0
  • Port Louis                                       718.00    0         0    0
  • Port Said                                        730.00    660.00  1, 065.00  0
  • Qatar                                            0         0         960.00  0
  • Richards Bay                                     638.00    0   1, 060.00  0
  • Rio de Janeiro                                   622.50    599.00  1, 000.00  0
  • Rotterdam                                        612.00    584.00    917.00   0
  • Salalah                                          720.00    675.00  1, 150.00  0
  • Shanghai                                         665.50    643.00  1, 073.50  0
  • Sharjah                                          645.00    615.00    880.00  0
  • Singapore                                        622.00    613.00    932.00   0
  • St Petersburg                                    436.50    416.00    0   0
  • Stavanger                                        0         0         981.00   0
  • Suez                                             675.00    655.00  1, 055.00  0
  • Walvis Bay                                       713.00    0  1, 110.00  0
  • West Africa OFFSHORE–FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0 660.00 1, 000.00   0

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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