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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Relocation of Light Buoy “TC4″
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Repairs to private pier
* Singapore, Singapore – Mooring/unmooring at Tuas View, off Temasek  Fairway
* Singapore, all ports – Review of port dues
* Australia, Abbot Point – Coal port expansion approved

DATE: December 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Relocation of Light Buoy “TC4″

From 12 December 2013, the light buoy “TC4″ will be relocated about 585 metres south-westward to facilitate the construction of the Southern Connection of the Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Link off Pak Mong, Lantau Island.

The new position (WGS 84 Datum) of the light buoy will be: 22 deg. 18.258′N / 113 deg. 57.331′E

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.150 of 2013

DATE: December 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Repairs to private pier

For approximately 3 months, marine works involving repairing of private pier will be carried out [at K. Wah Centre, North Point] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 17.609′N / 114º 12.291′E
(B) 22º 17.619′N / 114º 12.293′E
(C) 22º 17.618′N / 114º 12.296′E
(D) 22º 17.608′N / 114º 12.294′E

The works will be carried out by one work boat. One guard boat will provide assistance.

The hours of work will be from 0900 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and Public Holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at ,hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.151 of 2013

DATE: December 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Mooring/unmooring at Tuas View, off Temasek Fairway

[During construction of an offshore containment bund at Tuas View from 2 December 2013 to 4 June 2014], bulk carriers, self propelled barges and pusher tugs with barges in composite unit carrying bulk sand will be transiting from Western Pilot Boarding Ground and Temasek Fairway to Containment Bund Project Area, Tuas View. Masters of vessels and harbour craft shall keep a proper lookout for these vessels, proceed at a safe speed and navigate with extra caution when in the vicinity of the mooring buoys off Temasek Fairway.

A maximum of one bulk carrier will be moored at 1 mooring buoys at any one time. The mooring and unmooring of vessels will be carried out in the daylight hours (0630 to 1900hours) during the period of reclamation work.

The following Mooring Buoys POC F2-MB3 (2 sets@Slot APF2-3), POC F2-MB4 (2 sets@Slot APF2-4) and POC F2-MB5 (2 sets@Slot APF2-5) at Tuas View will be used for mooring and unmooring of the bulk carriers (see attached chartlet). The mooring buoys will be removed upon completion of the creclamation.

Slot No.APF2-3
POCF2-MB3) 01° 15.273′N / 103° 37.940′E
Fl. Y. 3s (sync)
POCF2-MB3) 01° 15.273′N / 103° 38.112′E
Fl. Y. 3s (sync)

Slot No. APF2-4
POCF2-MB4) 01° 15.273′N / 103° 38.216′E
Fl. Y. 3s (sync)
POCF2-MB4) 01° 15.273′N / 103° 38.388′E
Fl. Y. 3s (sync)

Slot No.APF2-5
POCF2-MB5) 01° 15.273′N / 103° 38.492′E
Fl. Y. 3s (sync)
POCF2-MB5) 01° 15.273′N / 103° 38.664′E
Fl. Y. 3s (sync)

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.159 of 2013

DATE: December 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
Review of port dues

Revisions to the [Singapore] port dues tariffs that would benefit, or have no cost impact on, the industry have taken effect from 1 July 2013, while those that would lead to an increase in port dues payable will take effect from 1 January 2014.

MPA will provide a transitional bill for every vessel that is still in port as at 31 December 2013, to the port agent. Thereafter, the new rates for different pricing categories of port dues effective from 1 January 2014 will be reflected in the new bills.

The revised port dues tariff and FAQs can be found on MPA’s website
(http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/port_and_shipping/finance/finance_index.page)
from 18 December 2013 onwards.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.162 of 2013 dated 11 December 2013

DATE: December 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Abbot Point
Coal port expansion approved

Australia’s Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, has given the go-ahead for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal.

The decision – which paves the way for the creation of one of the world’s largest coal ports near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – has sparked outrage from conservationists.

Millions of cubic metres of spoil must be dredged and dumped near the reef for the coal port to be constructed. The Government plans to impose strict environmental conditions on the project. According to reports, this includes limiting dredging at Abbot Point to 1.3 million cubic metres of sediment a year, down from 38 million cubic metres as previous proposed.

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

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