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Canals, Ports & Terminals — By on November 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Sri Lanka, Colombo – Possible problems during Commonwealth meeting
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging Operations in Tuen Mun River Channel
* Australia, Abbot Point – Port Tariff Review
* Australia, all ports – Draft strategy to develop ports
* Panama, all ports – Public holidays throughout November

DATE: November 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Sri Lanka
PORT: Colombo
Possible problems during Commonwealth meeting

Delays to crew transfers and difficulty in providing accommodation are
expected ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held
in Colombo from 10 to 17 November.

Operations at Sri Lanka’s other ports – Galle, Hambanthota and Trincomalee
- will not be affected.

As heads of government, foreign ministers and officials from 53 countries
will be arriving in Colombo ahead of the event, all the hotels in the city
are fully booked. Further, Sri Lankan police advise that most roads will be
closed from time to time during this period due to security reasons.

GAC Sri Lanka has made arrangements to minimise delays and avoid any
inconvenience as much as possible.

For further details and information about operations in Sri Lanka contact
GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

DATE: November 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging Operations in Tuen Mun River Channel

From 1 November 2013 and for approximately 4 months, dredging operations
will be carried out in the Tuen Mun River Channel within the area bounded
by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A)
to (B), and from (C) to (D) and the adjacent shorelines:

WORKS AREA:
(A) 22° 22.897′N / 113° 58.014′E
(B) 22° 22.902′N / 113° 58.068′E
(C) 22° 22.712′N / 113° 58.156′E
(D) 22° 22.684′N / 113° 58.104′E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including two
backhoe pontoons, four bucket pontoons, one derrick lighter and one split
hopper barge. Some tugs and work boats will provide assistance. The number
of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit
operational requirements.

The dredged material will be conveyed to a split hopper barge anchored
within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (E) to (H):

TRANSSHIPMENT AREA:
(E) 22° 22.517′N / 113° 58.283′E
(F) 22° 22.532′N / 113° 58.319′E
(G) 22° 22.499′N / 113° 58.339′E
(H) 22° 22.483′N / 113° 58.301′E

Transshipment of dredged material will take place in this area. A bucket
pontoon assisted by a tug, will deliver the dredged material to the split
hopper barge from time to time.

A working area of approximately 15 metres will be established around each
backhoe pontoon and the derrick lighter respectively. Yellow marker buoys
fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of
the anchors extending from these vessels.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will
stay in the works area and the transshipment area outside the hours of
work.

Vessels engaged in the operations 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.126 of 2013

DATE: November 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Abbot Point
Port Tariff Review

Bowen Towage Services Pty. Ltd. has announced that its Volume Based
Surcharge (VBS) at Abbot Point Coal Terminal has been recalibrated, as
follows:

Tug jobs per month: 52
Surcharge: 92%

Tug jobs per month: 56
Surcharge: 79%

Tug jobs per month: 60
Surcharge: 67%

Tug jobs per month: 64
Surcharge: 56%

Tug jobs per month: 68
Surcharge: 47%

Tug jobs per month: 72
Surcharge: 39%

Tug jobs per month: 76
Surcharge: 32%

Tug jobs per month: 80
Surcharge: 25%

Tug jobs per month: 84
Surcharge: 19%

Tug jobs per month: 88
Surcharge: 14%

Tug jobs per month: 92
Surcharge: 9%

Tug jobs per month: 96
Surcharge: 4%

Tug jobs per month: 100
Surcharge: 0%

Based on average tug jobs per month for 2013 year to date, the VBS for
towage will be 25% to be implemented on 1 December 2013. Going forward, the
VBS will be reviewed on a six-montly basis.

There has been no tariff increase over a 13 year period. Recent stagnation
in activity growth has given rise to an underlying tariff adjustment of
9.6%, effective 1 January 2014.

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

DATE: November 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Draft strategy to develop ports

The Queensland Government’s draft strategy to develop the state’s ports
proposes the establishment of five Priority Port Development Areas (PPDAs)
for Brisbane, Mackay/Hay Point (two separate zones), Gladstone, Townsville
and Abbot Point where development will be concentrated and encouraged.

The strategy will prohibit capital dredging for the development of deep
water port facilities outside of PPDAs for the next ten years, in a bid to
ensure the protection of key environmental areas of the Queensland
coastline.

Whilst State government says the draft aligns with UNESCO’s recommendation
that port development be restricted outside long-established major port
areas within or adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area,
Greenpeace say it won’t prevent a single port development proposal or stop
dredging in the Great Barrier Reef.

The draft Queensland Ports Strategy is open for public comment until
December 13, 2013.

In 2011-2012, the proposed PPDA ports handled 87% of Queensland’s $54.5
billion in exports and were responsible for 98% of the state’s imports.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com
Source: Queensland ports

DATE: November 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Panama
PORT: all ports
Public holidays throughout November

Banks and public institutions in Panama are on holiday from today (1
November) through to Tuesday 5 November, inclusive.

Further holidays will folllow from next Friday evening (8 November) until
Monday 11 November inclusive, and from Friday 29 November until Monday 2
December inclusive.

Vessels calling at ports in Panama are urged to make arrangements in
advance as, during these periods, it will not be possible to arrange Cash
to Masters, receipt of courier mails and processing of crew
Visas/OK-to-Board documentation. The clearance of ship spares via
airfreight could be intermittent.

For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at
gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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