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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on January 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Angola, Soyo – Pilotage within port
* Angola, Soyo – Vessel Notice of Arrival
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Revised details for underwater drilling & blasting

DATE: January 03, 2014
COUNTRY: Angola
PORT: Soyo
Pilotage within port

This notice serves to advise Owners, Operators, Agents and Masters of
vessels bound to the Port of Soyo, Kwanda Terminal of the requirement for
pilotage is as detailed below.

* All Vessels (Note 1) and / or Masters who are making their ‘first call”
(Note 2) to the port.

* All Cargo Vessels (Note 3) or Tankers bound to/from or moving (Note 4)
between berths within the port.

* All Tug and Tow operations.

* Any vessel that does not have a copy of the chart BA659 onboard.

* Any vessel, regardless of size that requires the services of a harbour tug.

* Any vessel, regardless of size which is suffering a defect or deficiency
that affects its normal ability to navigate and or maneuver, or its ability
to comply with all the requirements of the ‘Soyo Maritime Authority Harbour
Rules and General Directions’.

* Any vessel when directed so by the Port Captain.

Note 1:
The term ‘Vessels’ applies to those of greater than 20 metres overall
length.

Note 2:
The term ‘first call’ applies to the term ‘as Master’ of the vessel.
In addition, if 12 months have elapsed since the last visit to the Port of
Soyo then the ‘first call’ rule applies.

Note 3:
The term ‘Cargo Vessel’ means any vessel other than an ‘Offshore Supply or
Support Vessel’ and includes General Cargo Vessels, Bulk Carriers, Reefer
Vessels, Ro-Ro and Container Vessels.

Note 4:
When moving between berths is achieved by the use of mooring lines and the
vessel does not let go from the quay then a Pilot is not required.

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

Source: Soyo Maritime Authority Instruction 04/2014 dated 1 Januaery 2014

DATE: January 03, 2014
COUNTRY: Angola
PORT: Soyo
Vessel Notice of Arrival

With effect from 0001 hours on 1 January 2014, all vessels bound to the
Port of Soyo, whether Kwanda or Angola LNG Terminals, are required to give
a 24 hour notice of arrival as detailed in the below form to Soyo Port
Control at: traffic@portofsoyo.com

All notice should be passed by email, it will not be sufficient to give
notice only by VHF radio.

For vessels engaged in voyages shorter than 24 hours this notice should be
forwarded as soon as practical following departure from previous
port/offshore installation.

This notice applies to all vessels including those who are entering for the
Inner Waiting Area with no berth nomination.

This notice is not a substitute for, and is in addition to the ‘Information
of Ship Demanding Entrance in Angolan Waters’ as required by the Ministry
of Transport.

  • Notice of Arrival
  • Name and Call sign
  • IMO Number
  • ETA at Pilot Station, Outer Anchorage or Pululu channel entrance Buoys.
  • Maximum Draft in Fresh Water
  • Vessel Operator
  • Nominated Agent
  • Last Port of Call
  • Next Port of Call (If known)
  • Any Defects or Deficiencies on board

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

Source: Soyo Maritime Authority Instruction 01/2014 dated 1 Jqanuary 2014

DATE: January 03, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Revised details for underwater drilling & blasting

The working area for drilling and blasting works at Pasir Panjang Terminal,
Phase 3 & 4, has been revised and the working period extended. The work is
now being carried out from 3 to 10 January.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.01 of 2014, the works will be conducted in the vicinity of Pasir
Panjang Terminal, within the working area bounded by the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

BLASTING AREA SECTOR D1a
1) 1 deg. 16.382′N / 103 deg. 46.498′E
2) 1 deg. 16.444′N / 103 deg. 46.546′E
3) 1 deg. 16.343′N / 103 deg. 46.716′E
4) 1 deg. 16.410′N / 103 deg. 46.756′E
5) 1 deg. 16.472′N / 103 deg. 46.748′E
6) 1 deg. 16.594′N / 103 deg. 46.666′E

Drilling will be carried out 24 hours daily, including Sunday.

Blasting work will be carried out daily in accordance to the following
schedule except on Sunday.
1. 0800hrs – 0900hrs
2. 1200hrs – 1400hrs
3. 1630hrs – 1830hrs

Drilling and blasting work in Sector D1a area shall only be carried out
when P25 – P26 are closed to all PSA berthing/unberthing operations (WM 843 – WM 1220).

Underwater drilling and blasting work will be carried out by work barge,
Orion 84, held in position by 4-point anchor winch/wire spread. Orion 84
will have a circular safety working zone in accordance to the Explosive
Safety Regulations centered at the barge.

During the operation, Orion 84 shall be attended to by anchor/tug boats.
Storage of explosives will be on board a licensed Explosive Lighter Barge
guarded by Armed Protection Officers (APOs) at all times.

Safety boats will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft
in the vicinity to keep clear of the on-going underwater drilling and
blasting work area.

The following Blast Warning Procedure will be adopted for each underwater
blasting operation:
a) All personnel will be evacuated from the danger zone prior to blasting
operation;
b) APOs in Safety Boats will cordon off the blasting area 30mins prior to
commencement of blasting operation;
c) Two (2) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded 15mins prior to
commencement of blasting operation;
d) Red Flag will be hoisted to warn mariners 5mins prior to commencement of
blasting operation;
e) Three (3) short horn blasts will be sounded 5mins prior to commencement
of blasting operation;
f) Four (4) short horn blasts will be sounded immediately prior to blasting
operation – blast is initiated on fourth (4th) horn blast;
g) One (1) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded after the completion of
blasting operation; and
h) Red Flag will be lowered to signal the completion of blasting operation.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) comply with the instructions from Pasir Panjang Control and the APO
craft at the scene;
(e) cease all underwater diving activities within a radius of 144 meters
from the perimeter of the working area during the periods of blasting;
(f) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25;
and
(g) 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

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