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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Canal transit waiting times update (1800 on 19 Dec)
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Presentation of oil tanker documents

DATE: December 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Canal transit waiting times update (1800 on 19 Dec)

Diving works at the New Big South Lock at Brunsbuttel have now been
completed, but waiting times for vessels before transiting the Kiel Canal
in either direction have increased to approximately 10 hours.

Earlier today, due to technical problems, the lock had been taken out of
service in order for the diving inspections to be carried out.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

DATE: December 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal

The working period for dredging works off Pasir Panjang Terminal has been
extended. The works will now be conducted from 20 December 2013 to 19 June
2014.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 167 of 2013 dated 18 December 2013, the works will be carried
out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the
working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

WORKING AREA “SECTOR 1″
1) 01° 16.554′N / 103° 46.609′E
2) 01° 16.471′N / 103° 46.748′E
5) 01° 16.306′N / 103° 46.650′E
4) 01° 16.389′N / 103° 46.512′E

WORKING AREA “SECTOR 2″
5) 01° 16.306′N / 103° 46.650′E
4) 01° 16.389′N / 103° 46.512′E
8) 01° 16.221′N / 103° 46.412′E
9) 01° 16.137′N / 103° 46.550′E

WORKING AREA “SECTOR 3″
2) 01° 16.471′N / 103° 46.748′E
5) 01° 16.306′N / 103° 46.650′E
9) 01° 16.137′N / 103° 46.550′E
10) 01° 16.096′N / 103° 46.621′E
3) 01° 16.340′N / 103° 46.765′E

WORKING AREA “SECTOR 4″
3) 01° 16.340′N / 103° 46.765′E
6) 01° 16.255′N / 103° 46.777′E
7) 01° 16.227′N / 103° 46.823′E
11) 01° 16.042′N / 103° 46.713′E
10) 01° 16.096′N / 103° 46.621′E

WORKING AREA “SECTOR 5″
12) 01° 16.620′N / 103° 46.648′E
1) 01° 16.554′N / 103° 46.609′E
2) 01° 16.471′N / 103° 46.748′E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredgers, “Ebisu” & “Heisei
7″, held in position by 2 spuds as anchors. The dredgers, with hopper
barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre
radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged material will be transported to the
designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

During the operation, the dredgers and hopper barges will be attended by
tug boats when required. The tug boats will be used to shift the crane
barges and hopper barges away from the fairway for vessels to berth or
unberth.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft to
keep clear of the working area.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and
international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) Keep well clear of the safety working zone of the dredgers;
(b) Maintain a proper lookout;
(c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control);
and
(e) Communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for
assistance, if required.

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

DATE: December 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Suez Canal
Presentation of oil tanker documents

Tariffs applied to oil tankers transiting the Suez Canal varies depending
on the cargo, regardless of the Master’s declaration and vessel type, with
lowest tariff being for petroleum products.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has advised that the following documents
should be available onboard oil tankers for presentation to the SCA
inspector for transit:
* Copy from UN Number page extracted from MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
* Copy of Cargo Manifest & Bill of Lading
* Copy of the page of Dangerous Cargo Manifest which states the kind of
cargo
* List of Mate receipt
* Master’s declaration/vow stating the cargo is petroleum product

The oil tanker tariff will be applied in case of non-presentation of the
above required documents or where the Master claims the kind of cargo is
unknown to him. The SCA will not recognise/admit any documents will be
presented after transit.

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

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