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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

GAC-newYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Kiel Canal waiting times update (11 Dec 13)
* United States, New York, NewYork – Vessel transits beneath Bayonne Bridge
* India, Pirpau – Priority berthing for LPG carriers
* Egypt, all ports – International traffic rules roads driving prohibited
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 11/12/2013

DATE: December 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Kiel Canal waiting times update (11 Dec 13)

A waiting period of four hours is to be expected for vessels in the Kiel
Canal
at Brunsbuttel.

There may also be a waiting period for vessels entering from the Baltic
sea, due to the fact that there is still only one big lock in operation at
Brunsbuttel.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agent

DATE: December 11, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
Vessel transits beneath Bayonne Bridge

The Bayonne Bridge is undergoing a major construction project which will
raise the roadway an average of 65 feet. Major demolition activities are
ongoing and work from the roadway level and work platforms outside of the
navigable channel present additional safety considerations for mariners.

During construction, ship allisions, including ship antenna strikes similar
to those that occurred in the past, may cause severe property damage or
loss of life. It is therefore imperative that ships transiting under the
Bayonne Bridge know the distance from the ship’s keel to the highest point
and provide accurate information to the Pilot and the ship’s agent for safe
navigation. This information is required by Title 33 Code of Federal
Regulations Section 164.11(k) and should clearly indicate whether any
adjustable or whip antennas are included in the calculations. To date, the
majority of bridge allisions have been the result of ships’ crews either
relying on inaccurate information while drafting transit plans or failing
to follow approved Safety Management Procedures.

It is the vessel’s owner, master, or person in charge’s responsibility to
verify the accuracy of the information needed to avoid bridge allisions.
This is particularly critical during the Bayonne Bridge construction but
should already be common practice to keep our waters, property and the
public safe. In accordance with Title 46 United States Code Section 2302, a
person operating a vessel in a negligent manner that endangers the life,
limb or property of a person is liable to the United States Government for
a civil penalty. This could include failure to know the vessel’s
characteristics, such as air draft, or providing incorrect information to
the Pilot.

For current vertical and horizontal clearance information and construction
status at the Bayoone Bridge, refer to NOAA Chart 12333 and the First Coast
Guard District Local Notice to Mariners (LMN) at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New York, Marine Safety Information
Bulletin 02-13 dated 9 December 2013

DATE: December 11, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Pirpau
Priority berthing for LPG carriers

For vessels carrying LPG meant for public distribution system, the
following berthing guidelines have been approved by the competent
authority. This will be in addition to existing berthing guidelines, in the
interest of the consumers and Public Distribution System.

“To allow priority berthing to vessels carrying LPG cargo after waiting for
24 hours, priority charges will be levied as per SOR. Other procedures for
LPG will be as per the existing norms for vessels calling at Pir Pau.”

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at
india@gac.com)

DATE: December 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: all ports
International traffic rules roads driving prohibited

Southwest blast wind, possibly exceeding 100 km/hour, is expected across
Egypt from today (11 December). Accordingly, international traffic rules
roads driving is prohibited.

In view of the bad weather and high wind speed forecast in the Suez Canal
area for the coming days, the Suez Canal Authority has advised that normal
convoys system and times will be amended. From today to 14 December,
northbound and southbound convoys entry times will be earlier than normal.

There will be only one southbound convoy, instead of the usual two, with
early entry time starting at about 2000 hours local time (subject to Suez
Canal Authority final arrangements).

For the northbound convoy, the starting time is amended to about 0100 hours
local time (also subject to Suez Canal Authority final arrangements).

Delays to canal transits and possible cancellation of convoy(s) may be
expected, due to weather and wind speed.

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

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

DATE: December 11, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 11/12/2013

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 11/12/2013

                              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         1,064.00  0

Barrow                        0         0         998.00    0

Bergen                        680.00    653.00    962.00    0

Busan                         685.00    665.00    990.00    980.00

Cape Town                     630.00    0         969.00    0

Colombo                       655.00    648.00    1,030.00  0

Dubai                         645.00    632.00    920.00    0

Durban                        615.00    0         1,034.00  0

Falmouth                      697.00    645.00    972.00    0

Fawley                        0         0         969.00    0

Felixstowe                    0         0         1,036.00  0

Fujairah                      621.50    614.50    985.50    0

Gibraltar                     682.50    641.50    978.50    0

Grangemouth                   0         0         1,007.00  0

Harwich                       0         0         1,032.00  0

Hong Kong                     633.50    625.50    953.50    0

Houston                       665.00    595.00    980.00    0

Immingham                     0         0         972.00    0

Invergordon                   0         0         988.00    0

Istanbul                      648.50    616.50    998.50    0

Jeddah                        670.00    650.00    1,050.00  0

Kaohsiung                     660.00    655.00    1,060.00  1,045.00

Kuwait                        621.00    614.00    985.50    0

Leith                         0         0         1,015.00  0

Lerwick                       0         0         610.00    0

Malta                         720.50    695.50    950.50    0

Mersey                        0         0         989.00    0

Milford Haven                 0         0         1,024.00  0

Mumbai                        633.50    625.50    1,159.50  0

New York & New Jersey         640.00    600.00    965.00    0

Panama                        660.00    600.00    1,030.00  0

Piraeus                       694.50    665.50    965.50    0

Plymouth                      0         0         1,026.00  0

Port Louis                    715.00    0         1,049.00  0

Port Said                     750.00    670.00    1,070.00  0

Qatar                         0         0         960.00    0

Richards Bay                  625.00    0         1,044.00  0

Rio de Janeiro                625.00    600.00    1,020.00  0

Rotterdam                     0         0         949.00    0

Salalah                       700.00    650.00    1,130.00  0

Shanghai                      677.00    662.00    1,072.50  0

Sharjah                       645.00    632.00    920.00    0

Singapore                     620.00    607.00    935.00    0

St Petersburg                 485.50    465.50    0         0

Stavanger                     0         0         970.00    0

Suez                          685.00    660.00    1,070.00  0

Walvis Bay                    0         0         1,048.00  0

West Africa OFFSHORE          0         650.00    1,002.00  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.

Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com
Europe: bunker.gb@gac.com
Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas: bunker.us@gac.com
Asia Pacific: bunker.sg@gac.com
Indian Subcontinent: bunker.sl@gac.com

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971
566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or
with your bunker enquiry.

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