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Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Long waiting times at locks
* United States, Delaware River – Marcus Hook Range dredging operations
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Capsize of cruiser – lessons learned
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 09/12/2013

 

DATE: December 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Long waiting times at locks

Following last week’s sporadic closures due to bad weather and high water levels, long waiting times of up to 20-24 hours can be expected at Brunsbuttel.

The heavy delays in Brunsbuttel are also affecting the Kiel-Holtenau side. Presently no vessels allowed to enter Kiel-Canal on arrival and have to wait until further notice from lock master Kiel-Holtenau locks. Current waiting time at Kiel-Holtenau roads/Kiel-lighthouse is about 6-9 hours.

Die to the high volume of vessels waiting to transit, masters are urged to check the situation in advance.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC Network agent

DATE: December 09, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Marcus Hook Range dredging operations

The US Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware Rover beginning December 10, 2013, until January 31, 2014.

During this time, the Dredge ESSESX will be operating within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, north of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the Dredge ESSEX and all related dregding equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing the upriver portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage above Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, while operating at the minimum safe speed
necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period, the upper portion of the anchorage shall be closed with the exception of transiting traffic. Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807.
The COTP will permit one vessels at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a ”first-come first-served” basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, for passing information.

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

Source: US Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin # 21-13

DATE: December 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Capsize of cruiser – lessons learned

Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued a reminder of proper procedures to be followed, following an investigation into an incident in which a crew member fell overboard and downed.

Its Marine Department Notice No.149 of 2013 states that the coxswain fell overboard and was drowned subsequent to the capsizing of his open cruiser caused by the heaving operation of a steel anchor wire of a nearby barge.
Prior to the accident, the barge was berthed with its bow against the seawall of a marine works area with two anchors dropped at a distance from its stern. A coxswain of an open cruiser was carrying out fishing on board his vessel while it was drifting in the water area near the stern of the barge.

At the time of the accident, the barge was departing from the seawall by heaving up the anchors at the stern of the barge through operating the anchor winch located on the port side forward of the barge. However, the operator and crew member of the barge did not notice the presence of the open cruiser. Consequently the open cruiser was overturned by the movement of the steel anchor wire and capsized. The coxswain fell overboard and was drowned.

The investigation into the accident revealed that the main contributory factor of the accident was the operator and crew member of the barge neither thoroughly checked the presence of any obstacles around the barge nor confirmed safe water passage for the barge to depart prior to taking action to move the barge away from the seawall.

To avoid recurrence of similar accidents, it is important that
a) the operators and crew members of barges, especially large size barges, should thoroughly check and ensure that there are no other vessels, in particular small vessels, in close vicinity before carrying out the anchor operations, bearing in mind that the barge will move during the operations;

and
b) as far as practicable, the coxswains of small size vessels should always be vigilant and stay clear and away from any anchor wires and/or chains of other vessels.

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

DATE: December 09, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 09/12/2013

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 09/12/2013

                                180 CST   380 CST   MGO   MDO

Aberdeen                       0         0         984.00   0
Aden                           720.00    0       1,095.00   0
Alexandria                     0         0       1,200.00   0
Amsterdam                      593.00    565.00    866.00   0
Antwerp                        619.00    584.50    927.00   0
Aqaba                          0         727.00  1,045.00   0
Bahrain                        0         0       1,077.00   0
Barrow                         0         0         998.00   0
Bergen                         711.00    683.00    987.00   0
Busan                          685.00    665.00    990.00   980.00
Cape Town                      629.00    0         981.00   0
Colombo                        650.00    650.00  1,030.00   0
Dubai                          645.00    632.00    920.00   0
Durban                         615.00    0       1,055.00   0
Falmouth                       697.00    645.00    972.00   0
Fawley                         0         0         969.00   0
Felixstowe                     0         0       1,036.00   0
Fujairah                       625.00    615.00    984.50   0
Gibraltar                      698.50    657.50    980.50   0
Grangemouth                    0         0       1,007.00   0
Harwich                        0         0       1,032.00   0
Hong Kong                      632.00    623.50    963.50   0
Houston                        670.00    599.00    980.00   0
Immingham                      0         0         972.00   0
Invergordon                    0         0         988.00   0
Istanbul                       654.50    624.50  1,009.50   0
Jeddah                         670.00    650.00  1,050.00   0
Kaohsiung                      660.00    655.00  1,060.00   1,045.00
Kuwait                         623.50    615.00    984.00   0
Leith                          0         0       1,015.00   0
Lerwick                        0         0         610.00   0
Malta                          729.50    700.50    970.50   0
Mersey                         0         0         989.00   0
Milford Haven                  0         0       1,024.00   0
Mumbai                         635.50    626.50  1,177.50   0
New York & New Jersey          645.00    604.00    969.00   0
Panama                         665.00    605.00  1,030.00   0
Piraeus                        712.50    683.50    978.50   0
Plymouth                       0         0       1,026.00   0
Port Louis                     712.00    0       1,042.00   0
Port Said                      750.00    670.00  1,070.00   0
Qatar                          0         0         960.00   0
Richards Bay                   625.00    0       1,062.00   0
Rio de Janeiro                 629.00    605.00  1,020.00   0
Rotterdam                      0         0         949.00   0
Salalah                        705.00    655.00  1,135.00   0
Shanghai                       678.00    663.50  1,083.50   0
Sharjah                        645.00    632.00    920.00   0
Singapore                      620.00    605.00    935.00   0
St Petersburg                  503.50    483.50    0        0
Stavanger                      0         0         995.00   0
Suez                           685.00    660.00  1,070.00   0
Walvis Bay                     675.00    0       1,040.00   0
West Africa OFFSHORE           0         648.00  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.

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