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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* India, Cochin – Special dredging levy
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Construction & marine site investigation SW of
airport
* Australia, Darwin – East Arm Wharf container crane update
* Australia, Port Kembla – Booking amendment fee suspended

DATE: December 17, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Cochin
Special dredging levy

A special per tonne dredging levy has come into effect at Cochin for POL
products and crude handled at COT, NTB and STB.

The levy comes to Rs 38.00 per tonne for both coastal and foreign vessels,
and will remain valid until 31 March 2014.

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

DATE: December 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Construction & marine site investigation SW of airport

From 19 December 2013 and for approximately 24 months, marine site
investigation and construction of bridge structures for the Hong Kong Link
Road will be carried out in the following two works areas:

WORKS AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining A to B, and D to C, and
shorelines in-between these two straight lines. The co-ordinates (WGS 84
Datum) of (A), (B), (C) and (D) are as follows:
(A) 22 deg. 17.488′N / 113 deg. 55.772′E
(B) 22 deg. 17.132′N / 113 deg. 55.497′E
(C) 22 deg. 17.620′N / 113 deg. 53.734′E
(D) 22 deg. 17.263′N / 113 deg. 53.651′E

Several sections of silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the
seabed, will be established along the southern shoreline of the Hong Kong
International Airport. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to
contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing
lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

In this area, a non-specified channel with a width of about 46 meters is
provided for vessels to pass through the works area. Vessels journeying
through this works area should observe the extent of the working area
around each working vessel which is marked by yellow marker buoys fitted
with yellow flashing lights.

WORKS AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (C) to (M):
(C) 22 deg. 17.620′N / 113 deg. 53.734′E
(D) 22 deg. 17.263′N / 113 deg. 53.651′E
(E) 22 deg. 16.319′N / 113 deg. 52.233′E
(F) 22 deg. 16.732′N / 113 deg. 51.145′E
(G) 22 deg. 16.771′N / 113 deg. 51.043′E
(H) 22 deg. 16.791′N / 113 deg. 50.989′E
(I) 22 deg. 16.911′N / 113 deg. 51.032′E
(J) 22 deg. 16.889′N / 113 deg. 51.089′E
(K) 22 deg. 16.850′N / 113 deg. 51.191′E
(L) 22 deg. 16.614′N / 113 deg. 51.815′E
(M) 22 deg. 16.697′N / 113 deg. 52.571′E

To enable vessels to run across the waters near the western end of this
area, a specified channel with a width of about 190 meters will be
established. This channel is marked by lateral light buoys at positions
(F), (K), (J), (G) and their particulars are as follows:

Name: LR 1
Position: (F)
Shape: Cone
Colour: Green
Light Characteristics: F1. G. 6s
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Name: LR 3
Position: (K)
Shape: Cone
Colour: Green
Light Characteristics: F1. G. 6s
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Name: LR 4
Position: (J)
Shape: Can
Colour: Red
Light Characteristics: F1. R. 6s
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Name: LR 2
Position: (G)
Shape: Can
Colour: Red
Light Characteristics: F1. R. 6s
Radar Reflector: Fitted

The works will be carried out from a number of temporary working platforms
and a flotilla of vessels including jack-up barges, derrick lighters and
various types of construction vessels. Some tugs, work boats and guard
boats will assist in the works. The number and type of vessels engaged in
the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

The hours of works will be round-the-clock.

A working area of approximately 25 meters will be established around each
jack-up barge and working platform. Yellow flashing lights will be
installed at the four corners of each jack-up barge or working platform to
indicate the position of the barge or the platform. A working area of
approximately 100 meters will be established around each derrick lighter or
working barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will
be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters
and the barges.

To facilitate the works, 6 yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing
lights will be laid at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
MB1) 22 deg. 17.376′N / 113 deg. 55.745′E
MB2) 22 deg. 17.543′N / 113 deg. 54.018′E
MB3) 22 deg. 17.016′N / 113 deg. 53.303′E
MB4) 22 deg. 16.671′N / 113 deg. 52.762′E
MB5) 22 deg. 16.319′N / 113 deg. 52.233′E
MB3) 22 deg. 17.122′N / 113 deg. 53.210′E

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.154 of 2013
dated 16 December 2013

DATE: December 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Darwin
East Arm Wharf container crane update

The container crane at Darwin’s East Arm Wharf suffered a major mechanical
failure on 14 October 2013. As a result of the failure Darwin Port
Corporation (DPC) commissioned an independent Root Cause Analysis to
determine the cause of the failure together with an overall engineering
assessment of the current condition of the crane.

The Root Cause Analysis found that the cause of the failure was fatigue
within the shaft of the gearbox. It also suggested that, even with
significant investment in reconditioning and replacement of brakes, the
extent of the fatigue in the crane could not be fully quantified and future
failures could not be ruled out. The engineering assessment of the
container crane has indicated that a cost of somewhere between $2 and $3
million will be required to repair the known damage and to refurbish the
braking system to remove the previously discovered asbestos. Additionally a
quote of $500,000 has been received to overhaul the existing mechanical
systems.

On receipt of both of the reports DPC sought further assurances in regards
to possible fatigue on other critical equipment in the crane. The
consulting engineering company raised doubts on the integrity of other
components of the crane and were unable to
provide any assurance that refurbishment or replacement of those parts will
provide certainty in regards its continued operation or safety. As a result
of this advice the decision has been taken to de-commission the crane and
have it removed from East Arm Wharf. This process will be undertaken using
the existing NT Government procurement processes.

In order to cover the void that existed in crane capacity Patrick have
repositioned a mobile harbour crane from Melbourne to East Arm Wharf and
that crane is now available for use. This crane has similar lifting
capabilities to that of the de-commissioned container crane and will
provide a more efficient method of discharging vessels than the ships
equipment that has been used since the mechanical failure.

DPC is prepared to cover any additional costs above those previously in
place for the Container crane. This will remain available until the
commissioning of the second mobile harbour crane. Qube Ports are in the
process of moving a second mobile harbour crane to Darwin and this is
expected to be available for use from mid-February 2014. This crane will
also have a comparable capability to the container crane. When both of
these units are operating, this will provide additional capability to the
port.

DPC will undertakE a study into the possible replacement of the container
crane with a similar updated unit. This study will cover the required
capability, expected cost and delivery lead times for a replacement crane
and will be used in the formulation of a business case and recommendations
which will be provided to the NT Government by the end of May 2014.
Government will then make a final decision on the way ahead.

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

DATE: December 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Booking amendment fee suspended

Following feedback received from port stakeholders regarding the
introduction of a new booking amendment fee, Port Kembla Port Corporation
(PKPC) has decided to suspend the introduction of the fee for the time
being.

It has been suggested there might be better ways to achieve the desired
outcome of reducing excessive re-booking of scheduled movements in PKPC’s
CPorts scheduling system. In particular, agents have suggested that they
will be able to reduce the numbers of bookings to an acceptable level
through close monitoring and communication between all parties before a
booking is either made or amended, without the need for PKPC to introduce a
fee. PKPC has listened to the feedback and has agreed to suspend the
introduction of this fee in order to provide the opportunity for port
stakeholders to address the issue described, with a review to be undertaken
on 31 March 2014….

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

Source: Notice from Port Kembla Harbour Master’s office

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