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Bunkering, Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on October 31, 2013 at 10:54 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Canal re-opened
* Indonesia, Batam – Bad weather during berthing
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine works in ex-Wan Chai Public Cargo Working
Area Basin
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging, removal & laying of private moorings
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine Telecommunication Cable Repair Works
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/10/2013

DATE: October 31, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Canal re-opened

As of 17:00 hrs today (31 October), the Kiel Canal is open again for
vessels of all traffic groups (1 to 6).

The secured damaged vessel has to be passed with slowest possible speed in
avoid any wash.
Tugboat PARAT is on on standby for vessels requiring assistance when
passing this area.
Assistance will be free of charge.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency
Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

DATE: October 31, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Batam
Bad weather during berthing

From the end of October 2013, vessels berthing at Citranusa Kabil Port
Batam Jetties No.5&6 may face bad weather (strong wind and high swell),
causing rolling and  pitching.

During bad weather conditions, the following measures may be taken:

1. Vessel berthing at Citranusa Kabil Port Batam Jetty No.3 if berth space
available there. For vessels with LOA more than 150m, the same will need to
be re-checked with Batam Pilot before berthing. There may also be slight
difficulty in getting berth spaces at Jetty No.3 CKP due to regular vessels
(supply vessels, barges and container vessels) regulary using this jetty.

2. If stevedores and port labourers are still working during bad weather
(not heavy rolling and pitching), cargo activity may still be carried out
at Jetties No.5&6 CKP Batam by using shore cranes.

3. If there very high swell at Jetty No.5&6 Citranusa Kabil Port Batam,
caused heavy rolling and pitching of vessels at at berth, cargo operations
may not be conducted even with shore cranes due to workers in the hold
getting sea sickness and becoming therefore unable to continue working. In
such cases, cargo operations will be halted until rolling and picthing
eases.

4. Other solutions if vessel faces bad weather during berthing at CKP
Jetties No.5 or 6 Batam include discharging cargoes by using ship cranes
from vessel to jetty (on top of wooden dunnages) then lifting cargoes onto
trailers/trucks by using wheel loaders. This method may be used if still
safe to discharge cargoes by using ship cranes.

5. For steel pipes cargoes and beams discharging at CKP Jetties No.5&6
Batam, it will be helpful to provide layer dunnages at each tier for easier
discharging during bad weather.

6. If there is only a slight swell, it is better for vessels to berth at
Jetty No.5 than at No.6, as Jetty No.5 can be sheltered by Jetty No.6.

7. During bad weather with moderate to high swell sea conditions, cargo
activity involving project cargoes may not be possible at Jetties No.5&6,
due to rolling and pitching of vessels. The shore crane will be used if
still possible, but for large sized and/or special project cargoes or
special steel pipes cargoes or boxes/crates cargoes, calm water is needed.
The suitable place is Jetty No.3 CKP.

8. During bad weather conditions at Citranusa Kabil Port Batam and
non-availability of berth space at Jetty No.3, if approved by all parties
concern, cargo activity may be carried out at Batu Ampar Port Batam.
However, as Batu Ampar Port Batam is normally very congested, the Port
Authority gives limited time for vessels to berth there (normally maximum 3
days).

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at
shipping.indonesia@gac.com

DATE: October 31, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine works in ex-Wan Chai Public Cargo Working Area Basin

For approximately 36 months, marine works involving site investigation,
dredging, temporary reclamation, construction of seawall and tunnel, will
be carried out in the basin bounded by straight line joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and the adjacent shorelines:
(A) 22º 17.059′N / 114º 10.848′E
(B) 22º 17.072′N / 114º 10.886′E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one
jack-up platform, one grab dredger, one split hopper barge, one flat top
barge, one crane barge, one derrick lighter, three tugs and some guard
boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to
time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each working barge will be
established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be
laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be
established around the dredger. The silt curtain is a large piece of
netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with
yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

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 works 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: Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.127 of 2013

DATE: October 31, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging, removal & laying of private moorings

For approximately eight months, marine works involving dredging operations,
removal and laying of private moorings will be carried out in the following
areas in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter:

AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C):
(A) 22º 17.191′N / 114º 11.219′E
(B) 22º 17.125′N / 114º 11.131′E
(C) 22º 17.165′N / 114º 11.119′E

AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (D) to (J) and the adjacent shoreline:
(D) 22º 17.054′N / 114º 11.168′E
(E) 22º 17.117′N / 114º 11.139′E
(F) 22º 17.141′N / 114º 11.171′E
(G) 22º 17.094′N / 114º 11.217′E
(H) 22º 17.087′N / 114º 11.198′E
(I) 22º 17.075′N / 114º 11.201′E
(J) 22º 17.064′N / 114º 11.224′E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger and one hopper barge.
Some tugs and guard boats will provide assistance. The number of vessels
engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational
requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each working vessel will
be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will
be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working
vessels.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be
established around the dredger. The silt curtain is a large piece of
netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with
yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

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 works 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: Hogn Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.124 of 2013

DATE: October 31, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Submarine Telecommunication Cable Repair Works

For approximately two weeks, telecommunication cable re-laying operations
[are being] carried out in Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter within the area
bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum)
from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 14.568′N / 114 deg. 09.820′E
(B) 22 deg. 14.577′N / 114 deg. 09.749′E
(C) 22 deg. 14.637′N / 114 deg. 09.706′E
(D) 22 deg. 14.642′N / 114 deg. 09.713′E
(E) 22 deg. 14.584′N / 114 deg. 09.754′E
(F) 22 deg. 14.576′N / 114 deg. 09.816′E

The works will be carried out by one work boat. Two small boats will stay
in the vicinity to guard the vessel and provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 20 metres around the work boat will be
established.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Outside this time period, the operation
will be suspended and the vessel will leave the works area.

Vessels 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 a
wide berth.

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

Source: Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.125 of 2013

DATE: October 31, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/10/2013

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
 MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/10/2013

180 CST   380 CST   MGO   MDO

Aberdeen                                         0         0         956.00  0

Aden                                             720.00    0   1,095.00  0

Alexandria                                       730.00    710.00   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   1,050.00  0

Bergen                                           670.00    641.00    953.00   0

Busan                                            663.00    639.00    940.00   930.00

Cape Town                                        639.00    0         972.00   0

Colombo                                          660.00    651.00   1,025.00  0

Dubai                                            625.00    615.00    865.00    0

Durban                                           625.00    0  1,050.00  0

Falmouth                                         697.00    645.00    972.00    0

Fujairah                                         655.00    628.00    995.00  0

Gibraltar                                        667.50    630.50    968.50    0

Hong Kong                                        638.00    626.00    958.00   0

Houston                                          669.00    599.00    980.00    0

Istanbul                                         667.00    635.00   1,000.00  0

Jeddah                                           680.00    665.00  1,063.00  0

Kaohsiung                                        653.00    641.00   1,010.00  995.00

Kuwait                                           660.00    630.00  1,050.00  0

Leith                                            0         0         973.00  0

Lerwick                                          0         0         978.00   0

Malta                                            700.00    668.00    948.00    0

Mumbai                                           650.50    639.50  1,160.50  0

New York & New Jersey                            630.00    605.00    965.00  0

Panama                                           665.00    605.00   1,025.00  0

Piraeus                                          687.00    656.50    962.00    0

Port Louis                                       714.00    0         0    0

Port Said                                        730.00    665.00   1,065.00  0

Qatar                                            0         0         970.00   0

Richards Bay                                     635.00    0   1,060.00  0

Rio de Janeiro                                   626.50    603.00  1,000.00  0

Rotterdam                                        612.00    584.00    917.00   0

Salalah                                          710.00    670.00  1,140.00  0

Shanghai                                         668.00    642.00  1,078.00  0

Sharjah                                          625.00    615.00    865.00    0

Singapore                                        622.00    613.00    927.00  0

St Petersburg                                    475.00    470.00    835.00   0

Stavanger                                        0         0         957.00   0

Suez                                             675.00    655.00 1,055.00  0

Walvis Bay                                       710.00    0 1,110.00  0

West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         660.00    1,000.00   0

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