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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on December 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Canal waiting time update (10 December 2013)
* United Arab Emirates, Mina Saqr – Towage Approval Certificate from port
of departure
* Australia, Port Kembla – Cargo loading to halt for 24 hours on holiday
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Amendments to transit convoys due to bad weather

DATE: December 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Canal waiting time update (10 December 2013)

The following waiting times are being experienced prior entering to
entering the Kiel Canal:
– Brunsbtttel: 8-10 hours
– Holtenau: 4 hours

Vessels entering from the Baltic may expect further delays to prior leaving
the Canal due to the fact that only one big lock is operating at
Brunsbuttel.

(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 10, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Mina Saqr
Towage Approval Certificate from port of departure

From 1 January 2014, any combination calling at Saqr Port Or RMC (Stevin
Rork harbour not included), loaded or empty, must submit with the berthing
request a valid towage approval certificate from a certified neutral
surveyor from their port of departure (last port of call).

This means that a towage approval certificate is now required for both
entering and leaving the harbour.

Non-compliance with the above mentioned will result in delays.

(For information about operations at Saqr Port contact GAC Ras Al Khaimah
at rasalkhaimah@gac.com)

DATE: December 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Cargo loading to halt for 24 hours on holiday

There will be no ship cargo loading operations or rail & road receivals at
Port Kembla Coal Terminal for 24 hours from 0700 on 25 December until 0700
on 26 December, due to the Christmas Day Public Holiday.

The terminal will operate as normal during the New Year period.

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

DATE: December 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Suez Canal
Amendments to transit convoys due to bad weather

Due to bad weather and high wind forecast in the Suez Canal area over the
coming days, the Suez Canal Authority has advised that normal convoys
system and times will be amended accordingly.

Starting from tomorrow (11 December) and until 14 December, northbound and
southbound convoy entry times will be earlier than normal.

Limit times of arrival for southbound and northbound are unchanged. Late
arrival facilities will be subject to Suez Canal final confirmation in view
of navigation arrangements and weather permitting.

For first and second Southbound convoys there will be only one convoy with
early entry time as a single group. As per available information, the
starting time of the convoy will be about 2000 hours local time, subject to
Suez Canal Authority final arrangements.

The starting time for the northbound convoy, as per available information,
will be about 0100 hours local time subject to Suez Canal Authority final
arrangements.

Further, delays on canal transits and possible cancellation of convoy(s)
may be expected subject to weather and wind speeds, which will be advised
by the Suez Canal Authority at the time.

Masters will kindly requested on arrival Suez/Port Said to keep watch at
all times on VHF for easy communications with Suez Canal port control
offices for transit times and arrangements.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC at
suezcanal@gac.com

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