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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock operations update (19:15 hours on 6 Dec)
* Finland, Helsinki – Record-breaking cruise season
* United States, all ports – Comment period for proposed new measures
* India, New Mangalore – Maximum drafts at berths increased

DATE: December 06, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Lock operations update (19:15 hours on 6 Dec)

Operations are resuming at Kiel-Holtenau, allowing vessels to enter the
Kiel Canal from the Baltic Sea.

Traffic flow will be controlled to avoid accumulation inside the Kiel Canal
as only one big lock is in operation at Brunsbüttel.

The Kiel Canal authorities have closed the Brunsbuttel Locks again due to
high water level. Operations are expected to resume when levels improve,
possibly around 21.00 hours.

Lock operations at Brunsbuttel, which had been halted due to high water
levels, resumed at 18.45 hours, removing vessels from the Canal first.

The next high water is at 04.44 hours tomorrow morning, and high water
levels are still expected. Therefore, the next stoppage could be tonight –
a decision will be taken during the night.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agent

DATE: December 06, 2013
COUNTRY: Finland
PORT: Helsinki
Record-breaking cruise season

2013 was a record-breaking cruise season for Helsinki, with 284 cruise ship
calls to the port and 420, 000 international passengers visiting the city.

Compared to the previous year, passenger volumes grew by 14%.

102, 000 of cruise passengers visiting Helsinki during were from Germany,
whereas 97, 000 hailed form the USA and 71, 000 from the UK.

During the 2013 season, GAC Finland provided port agency services for 122
cruise vessel calls.

For information about operations in Finland contact GAC Finland at

DATE: December 06, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
Comment period for proposed new measures extended

The US Coast Guard has extended the comment period related to proposed new
measures to reduce the risks of oil spills in oil transfer operations from
or to a tank vessel.

The original deadline for feedback to be submitted to the online docket via – 22 November 2013 – has now been extended until
30 December 2013.

For further details and information about operations in the USA contact GAC
USA at

DATE: December 06, 2013
PORT: New Mangalore
Maximum drafts at berths increased

Due to improvement of the water depth at approach channel and lagoon by
continuous dredging, the maximum permissible draft for berths No.10 and 11
is increased to 14 metres, with 1 metre height of tide, with immediate

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at

Source: New Mangalore Port Trust Circular dated 6 December 2013

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