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Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on October 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Kiel-Canal closed due to collision
* United States, Houston, Texas – Port of Houston to seek 3% tariff
* Australia, all ports –  Australian port closures for maintenance
* Australia, Newcastle – Revision to the Newcastle Vessel Arrival System
* Turkey, Bosporus – Closure of Bosphorus

DATE: October 28, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Kiel-Canal closed due to collision

Due to a collision of 2 vessels at Brunsbttel (western end of Kiel-Canal)
between siding Kudensee and Brunsbüttel Innerharbour, the Kiel-Canal is
closed since October 28 at 0345 hrs local time.

Salvage operation are ordered and vessels who are presently inside the
Kiel-Canal (westbound) are stopped.Period of closure presently unknown and
we will revert with further information once available.

For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency
Centre at

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

DATE: October 28, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Houston, Texas
Port of Houston to seek 3% tariff increases
Proposed tariff rate increases at the Port of Houston will be presented for
consideration on November 18.

The proposal will include a 3% rate increase for Tariffs 8, 14 and 15,
which are for general cargo facilities, the Barbours Cut Terminal and the
Bayport Terminal.

The basis for the proposed increase is centered primarily on the ongoing
capital investments at our port, including more than $150 million in the
current year and more than $700 million over the next five years.

If approved, the increases will come into effect on January 1, 2014.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

DATE: October 28, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Australian port closures for maintenance
Abbot Point monthly O/L maintenance has been scheduled on Tuesday 05
November 2013. There will be no ship loading from 0700 hrs until 1900 hrs
(local time).

Berth No.1 at Hay Point Coal Terminal closed from 0730 hrs to 1930 hrs
local time today (28 Oct) for maintenance. It will be closed again from
2200 hrs local time on 30th October, to 0700 hrs local time on 07th
November for maintenance in line with new berth HPX3.

Gladstone Terminal’s scheduled maintenance will be on:

-28 October to 1 November (5 Days): Shiploader No.2
-12 to 14 November (3 Days): Shiploader No.3
-26 to 28 November (3 Days) Shiploader No.1

Due to berth congestion and waiting on cargo availability, there will be
about 2 days delay for most vessels arriving Port Kembla in the first half
of November.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

DATE: October 28, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Newcastle
Revision to the Newcastle Vessel Arrival System (VAS)
The Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC) has implemented a variation to the
issuing of NAT’s for some vessel’s.

If when the NAT would normally have been issued  at 7 days from Newcastle,
the Master’s ETA is within 48 hours of the estimated time of loading as
advised by the relevant terminal, the vessel will not be issued an NAT at
this time.

The vessel will be required to make its best speed to 10nm from Newcastle
where the NAT will be assigned at this time.

This variation is in line with Rule 4.6 which states;

“4.6 If in relation to a vessel that has complied with Rule 3, NPC fails

(a)   Notify a vessel of its 7 day Notified Arrival Time and its ETL in
accordance with Rule 4.1; or
(b)   Establish a vessel’s Priority in the queue in accordance with rule
4.3.(unless one of the Rules in Part 7 applies)

Then the affected vessel may arrive at 10nm off the Port and notify NPC of
its arrival as soon as possible. Having so notified NPC as its arrival time
such a vessel with be allocated a position in the queue based in the actual
time of its arrival at 10 nm off the Port and Rule 7 will not be applied to
that vessel for arriving at this point.”

This variation has been implemented due to the low queue environment that
presently exists and due to observations that some vessels who would be
loading on arrival have slowed and have not been available to load as
initially scheduled.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

DATE: October 28, 2013
PORT: Bosporus
Closure of Bosphorus
The Bosphorus has been re-opened to southbound bulk carriers following its
closure earlier today after the M/V YM Miranda became entangled in power
cables. Tankers are not being programmed as a precaution as the vessel’s
anchor remains stuck.

The waterway was closed as a precaution when the YM Miranda’s anchor got
caught in the cables during departure maneuvers.

M/V YM Miranda dropped anchor as she started drifting due to strong current
in Bosphorus around Anadolu Hisari on 28 October at around 1101 hrs.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at

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