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Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana - Malfutioning of the Huey P Long
Bridge Air Gap sensor
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – Safety zones for fireworks
displays
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – USACE mat-laying operations
* United States, Houston, Texas – Abolishment of ship channel draft
restriction
* United Arab Emirates, Fujairah – Change of ship’s information regulation
at Fujairah port
* Oman, Muscat – Revised Port charges at Qalht
* Australia, Dampier – Tropical Cyclone at Dampier & Port Hedland

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana
Malfutioning of the Huey P Long Bridge Air Gap sensor

The USCG VTS and NOAA have reported that the Huey P Long Bridge Air Gap
sensor is offline.A replacement sensor that is tested and ready to install
is available. However, NOAA must the bridge managers to get access to the
station.

Due to the holiday the first chance to get to the station is 0800 on
December 27. The sensor should be back up on the December 28 pending
successful testing.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana
Safety zones for fireworks displays

The following safety zone is established for fireworks displays planned on
the 2014 New Year Eve:

All waters of the Lower Mississippi River from mile marker 94.1 to mile
marker 95.1 above head of passes (AHP).

This safety zone is necessary to protect persons and vessels from potential
safety hazards associated with a fireworks display in the Lower Mississippi
River at mile marker 94.6 AHP. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless
specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or a
designated representative.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana
USACE mat-laying operations

Louisiana Maritime Association has advised the mat sinking unit operations
above the Huey P. Long Bridge at MM 106.3 RDB are scheduled to resume from
December 27 2013 to 29 December 2013, 0600-1800 daily.

VTS New Orleans will enforce a VTS Measure for one-Way Traffic and Slowest
Safe Speed in the construction area during operations.

During this period the main channel span to the HPL Bridge will be blocked
and all vessels will be required to use the alternate span.

Vessels wishing to transit this area shall check in with VTS Lower
Mississippi River on VHF FM Ch-12 at the following VTS temporary reporting
point:

- South bound traffic check in will be at Guy Mallory Light MM114 AHP.

- North bound traffic within the regulated navigation will check in as
normal and receive advisories at necessary.

The UTV Harrison and UTV William James will be the contact vessels for mat
sinking channel restrictions on scene, and will monitor VHF Ch- 67, 24/7.
All vessels are directed to pass the Mat Sinking Plant and its associated
Quarter Barges at no wake speed 24 hrs a day.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Houston, Texas
Abolishment of ship channel draft restriction

After reviewing the most current set of post dredging hydro surveys
provided by the Army Corp of Engineers, the draft restriction imposed by
the Houston Pilots on 14 June 2013 is rescinded.

Maximum draft for the Houston Ship Channel (below Shell) is 45’ (fresh water).

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
Source: Houston Pilots

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Fujairah
Change of ship’s information regulation at Fujairah port

Please be advised that change of ship’s name is not permitted at Fujairah
offshore anchorage and Fujairah port, unless the registered owner and the
flag of the vessel remain unchage.

For information about operations in Fujairah contact GAC Fujiarah at
fujairah@gac.com

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Oman
PORT: Muscat
Revised Port charges at Qalht

The Qalhat Port Authority has advised the changes in port charges for
Qalhat with effect from 1 January 2014 as follows:

LNG Vessels-US$ 98,879 per visit
NGL Vessels-US$ 16,421 per visit

For information about operations in Oman contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com
Source: Qalhat Port Authority

DATE: December 27, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Dampier
Tropical Cyclone at Dampier & Port Hedland

At 0800 WST this morning the developing low (999 hPA) was located
approximately 440nm NNE of Port Hedland, tracking SW’ly at 3 kts.

The system is forecast to develop into a Cyclone by tomorrow midday and
intensify to a severe system over the next 72 hours.

Current indications are that Port Hedland will experience Gales from late
Sunday night. So we will expect to commence port evacuations from Saturday
afternoon.

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

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