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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Angola, Soyo - Speed limit within port
* United States, Delaware Bay, Delaware – Operation Right Speed to reduce
whale strikes
* Australia, all ports – Holiday stoppages at Australian ports
* Brazil, Aratu – Terminal operations halted following blast
* Chile, Mejillones – Possible strike
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 18/12/2013

DATE: December 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Angola
PORT: Soyo
Speed limit within port

This Instruction Notice serves to remind vessel Masters, Navigators and
Pilots that when underway within the Port of Soyo to at all times proceed
at a safe speed appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions
as detailed within the ‘Convention on the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea’ (COLREGS) Rule 6 ‘Safe Speed’.

With reference to chart BA659 ‘Port of Soyo and Approaches’, from a
position taken inwards (South) of a line drawn between the Pululu Channel
Buoys No.3 and No.4 a vessel shall not exceed a speed of 8 knots through
the water unless the Master, Navigator and/or Pilot of the vessel deem it
necessary for the safety of the vessel and its crew.

All vessels, regardless of size are requested to consider other port users
and stakeholders which may be engaged in operations within the Port or the
adjacent shoreline, the safety of the communities located on the shore line
must all be considered at all times when underway within the Port.

Soyo Port Control continuously monitors traffic within the Port of Soyo and
the seaward approaches to the Port of Soyo.

Vessels that fail to observe the requirements of this notice may be subject
to action by the office of the Port Captain.

(For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at
angola@gac.com)

Source: Soyo Maritime Authority Instruction 13/2013 dated 18 December 2013

DATE: December 18, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware Bay, Delaware
Operation Right Speed to reduce whale strikes

Operation Right Speed to reduce whale strikes
The Coast Guard and NOAA’s Operation Right Speed is underway. The purpose
of this operation is to educate vessels 65 feet or greater, on required
practices to reduce North Atlantic Right Whale ship strikes, while
minimizing commerce disruption during the migration period.

50 CFR Part 224.105, requires vessels of 65 feet or greater in length to
operate at 10 knots or less over ground in certain locations and different
times of the year.

This year’s Right Whale Migration will take place from January 6, 2014 to
March 24, 2014. The encompassing area is within 20 NM (37 km) radius as
measured seaward from the COLREGS, crossing the entry into the Delaware
Bay: 38-52-27.4N 075-01-32.1W

The Coast Guard and NOAA will be routinely patrolling these areas to
identify and track Right Whale concentrations around shipping lanes. They
will also conducting operations to make sure all vessels greater than 65
feet are in compliance with this rule.

Approaching a Right Whale within 500 yards is a violation of federal law
(often referred to as the “500 yard rule”). This violation can result in
civil/criminal penalties up to $55,000 under the Endangered Species Act.
This “500 yard rule” applies to all motorized and non-motorized watercraft,
aircraft, and swimmers and divers.

Reasons for the “500 yard rule” include:
* Reduce disturbance and avoidance behavior to the sound of vessels
* Prevent displacement of mother/calve pairs
* Prevent break up food resource
* Reduce potential for vessel interaction and injury
* Reduce right whale familiarization of vessels and vulnerability to vessel
collisions

All watercraft must steer a course away from right whales and immediately
leave the area at a slow, safe speed (<10 knots).

NOAA advertises the following with respect to the Right Whale Sighting
Advisory System: “To report a right whale sighting, contact the U.S. Coast
Guard via channel 16 or call from Virginia to Maine, 866-755-6622 and from
Florida to North Carolina, 877-Whale Help (877-942-534357).”

For more information consult the U.S. Coast Pilot.

If there are any questions to these rules please do not hesitate to contact
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at Robert.J.LaPolt@USCG.Mil

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay

DATE: December 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Holiday stoppages at Australian ports

Expected holiday stoppages at Australian ports, at the time of writing, are
as follows:

ABBOT POINT
Stoppage from 07:00 on 25 December to 07:00 on 26 December

ADELAIDE
Grain Berth: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 08:00 on 26 December /
from 23:00 on 24 December to 06:00 on 26 December.
Container Berth: Stoppage on 25 December.

ALBANY
Albany Port: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December /
from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
Grain jetty: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December /
from 14:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

BRISBANE
FI Grain: Stoppage from 18:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 27 December / from
18:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 2 January.
FI Copal Berth: No stoppage.
Patrick General Stevedores: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on
27 December (stevedore labour on a voluntary basis from 07:00 on 26
December) / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
Qube Ports Stevedores: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
DP World: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December / from
15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
Patrick Auto Strad: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

BROOME
Stoppage from 22:00 on 24 December to 06:00 on 26 December.

BUNBURY
Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December / from 15:00 on
31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

BUNDABERG
To be confirmed. Expected to close 25 December and 1 January,

CAIRNS
No stoppage. Individual operators may choose not to work.

DAMPIER
No stoppage.

DARWIN
Stoppage from 25 December to 1 January. Closed port days, stevedores on
voluntary basis only.

DBCT
No stoppage.

ESPERANCE
Esperance Port: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December.
Grain jetty: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December /
from 14:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

FREMANTLE
Patricks Terminal: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
DP World Terminal: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December.
Fremantle Port: Stoppage from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
Grain jetty: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December /
from 14:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

GEELONG
Shell: No stoppage.
Midway/Graincorp: Stoppage from pm on 24 January to 07:00 on 26 December
(26 December and 1 January to be confirmed)
Lascalles/CQN: Stoppage from pm on 24 January to 07:00 on 26 December (26
December and 1 January to be confirmed).

GERALDTON
Geraldton Port: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December
/ from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
Grain jetty: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December /
from 14:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

GLADSTONE
To be confirmed. Grain terminal expected to close 25 December and 1
January.

HAY POINT
No stoppage.

KWINANA
No stoppage.

MACKAY
Caltex/Shell/BP: Stoppage on 25 and 26 December (depends on
shipping/operations requirements).
Grain Terminal: Stoppage on 25 and 26 December.

MELBOURNE:
Patrick/DP World: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

NEWCASTLE
PWCS K4/5/6/7/ & D4/5: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.
NCIG: No stoppage.
Port Berths: Stoppage on 25 December (other days depend on labour
availability).

PORT BOTANY
Patrick: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 06:00 on 26 December / from
22:00 on 31 December to 06:00 on 1 January.
DP World: Stoppage from 14:00 on 24 December to 06:00 on 26 December / from
22:00 on 31 December to 06:00 on 1 January.

PORT GILES
Grain Berth: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 08:00 on 26 December.

PORT HEDLAND
BHPB Berths: No stoppage.
Nelson Point A, B. C, D: No stoppage.
Finucane Island A, B, C,D: No stoppage.
FMG: No stoppage.
Anderson Point 1, 2, 3, 4: No stoppage.
Itah Point: No stoppage.
General cargo berths: Stevedore volunteer labour only. Stoppage from 15:00
on 24 December to 06:00 on 26 December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 06:00
on 1 January.

PORT KEMBLA
Bluescope Berths: No stoppage.
Coal Terminal: Stoppage from 07:00 on 25 December to 07:00 on 26 December.
Grain Berth: Stoppage from 07:00 on 25 December to 07:00 on 26 December.
AAT & general berths: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26
December / from 15:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

PORT LINCOLN
Grain Berth: Stoppage from 07:30 on 24 December to 07:00 on 26 December /
from 14:00 on 31 December to 07:00 on 1 January.

PORT WLACOTT
No stoppage.

PORTLAND
Port of Portland: Stoppage from 17:00 on 24 December to 06:00 on 26
December.
Qube Ports: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 08:00 on 26 December /
from 15:00 on 31 December to 08:00 on 1 January.

SYDNEY
All shipping movements: Stoppage from 08:00 on 26 December to 18:00 on 26
December (Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race) / from 15:00 on 31 December to 06:00
on 1 January (New Year’s Eve Fireworks).

THEVENARD
Grain berth: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 08:00 on 26 December.

TOWNSVILLE
Stoppage on 24 December. Stevedores and Berth 1 not working. No other
stoppages.

WALLAROO
Grain berth: Stoppage from 15:00 on 24 December to 08:00 on 26 December.

For further details and information about operations at Australian ports
contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: December 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: Aratu
Terminal operations halted following blast

Operations at the Tequimar Terminal at Aratu Bahia are currently stopped
following a reported explosion at about 1800 hours yesterday (17 December).

According to media reports, the explosion occurred while an LNPG vessel was
operating at the terminal. Local authorities are investigating the cause of
the incident.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at
shipping.brazil@gac.com

DATE: December 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Chile
PORT: Mejillones
Possible strike

The Labor Union at Puerto Angamos – Mejillones Bay voted on Saturday (14
December) to strike, rejecting the final proposal delivered by stevedore
operator Ultraport.

However, Chilean labor law allows companies in negotiation with unions to
ask for an extension of five working days after the strike has been voted,
to allow additional time for a solution to be found. Such an extension will
be requested by Ultraport.

If both parties cannot agree on a solution, the strike will begin on Monday
23 December.

(For information about operations in Chile contact the GAC USA Hub Agency
Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Ultramar Agencia Chile – GAC agent

DATE: December 18, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 18/12/2013

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 18/12/2013

 
                             180 CST   380 CST    MGO       MDO

Aberdeen                     0         0          954.00    0

Aden                         720.00    0          1,095.00  0

Alexandria                   0         0          1,200.00  0

Amsterdam                    609.00    576.00     910.00    0

Antwerp                      614.00    584.50     915.00    0

Aqaba                        0         691.00     995.00    0

Bahrain                      0         0          1,062.00  0

Barrow                       0         0          981.00    0

Bergen                       671.00    645.00     950.00    0

Busan                        680.00    655.00     965.00    955.00

Cape Town                    630.00    0          969.00    0

Colombo                      657.00    655.00     1,025.00  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          933.00    0

Felixstowe                   0         0          1,030.00  0

Fujairah                     618.50    610.00     994.50    0

Gibraltar                    687.50    650.50     975.00    0

Grangemouth                  0         0          986.00    0

Harwich                      0         0          1,007.00  0

Hong Kong                    643.50    635.50     947.50    0

Houston                      665.00    595.00     975.00    0

Immingham                    0         0          947.00    0

Invergordon                  0         0          1,004.00  0

Istanbul                     649.50    619.50     998.50    0

Jeddah                       680.00    660.00     1,060.00  0

Kaohsiung                    659.00    655.00     1,060.00  1,045.00

Kuwait                       618.00    609.00     994.00    0

Leith                        0         0          994.00    0

Lerwick                      0         0          610.00    0

Malta                        714.50    689.50     949.50    0

Mersey                       0         0          972.00    0

Milford Haven                0         0          1,001.00  0

Mumbai                       638.50    629.50     1,169.50  0

New York & New Jersey        650.00    600.00     970.00    0

Panama                       675.00    615.00     1,030.00  0

Piraeus                      704.50    675.50     970.50    0

Plymouth                     0         0          1,007.00  0

Port Louis                   715.00    0          1,049.00  0

Port Said                    0         665.00     1,070.00  0

Qatar                        0         0          958.00    0

Richards Bay                 625.00    0          1,044.00  0

Rio de Janeiro               630.00    605.00     1,020.00  0

Rotterdam                    621.50    605.00     917.00    0

Salalah                      705.00    652.00     1,125.00  0

Shanghai                     674.50    660.00     1,070.00  0

Sharjah                      645.00    632.00     920.00    0

Singapore                    615.00    607.00     955.00    0

St Petersburg                475.50    453.50     0         0

Stavanger                    0         0          958.00    0

Suez                         685.00    670.00     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.

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Contact Martyn McMahon on +971566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or
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