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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Delaware River – Ice Condition 3
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Works off Convention & Exhibition Centre
* Indonesia, Jakarta – Jakarta floods – 12 & 13 January 2014
* Singapore, Singapore – Autonomous System Experiments west of Causeway &
Tanjong Buloh
* Australia, Darwin – Port on cyclone watch
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 13/01/2014

DATE: January 13, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Ice Condition 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice
Condition 3 is again in effect for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay
and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW.

This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice
in the navigable waters.

All masters, ship agents, owners and operators of all vessels, marine
facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures
for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

* When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a
propulsion system with a minimum of adequate horsepower, and be able to
maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and
ram the ice.

* Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is
adequately moored.

* Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and
precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

* Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at
all times.

* The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for
specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding
ice operations within he Sector Delaware Bay zone at or by calling our Sector Delaware
Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the
expectation of the COTP, please contact the Waterways Management staff at
(215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information
Bulletin No.04-14 dated 12 January 2014

DATE: January 13, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine Works off Convention & Exhibition Centre

For approximately 6 months, marine works involving dredging, piling, site
investigation and installation of precast concrete box units [are being]
carried out [off Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre] in the area
bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum)
from (A) to (C) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22ş 16.891′N / 114ş 10.167′E
(B) 22ş 17.055′N / 114ş 10.238′E
(C) 22ş 17.031′N / 114ş 10.315′E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab
dredger, two split hopper barges, three derrick barges, two jack-up barges
and four crane barges. Some tugs and guard boats will provide assistance.
The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to
suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger and each
barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing
lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the
grab dredger and barges.

Several silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will
be established within the works area. Each 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 extents of the silt

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

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep
clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.4 of 2014
dated 10 January 2014

DATE: January 13, 2014
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Jakarta
Jakarta floods – 12 & 13 January 2014

Jakarta has again been hit by floods, with water levels ranging from 30 cm
to 3 metres in affected areas.

Some Andhika GAC employees have been unable to reach the office, due to
getting caught in rising waters and resulting traffic jams or having to
deal with flooded homes. However, most continue to work using their mobile
phones, despite the challenges of intermittent internet signals due to the
adverse weather. Slower than usual responses or difficulty in communication
by telephone are possible.

So far, the floods have not had a direct impact on operations at the port,
beyond the problems with city traffic and difficulty in communications.
However, if the rains continue, delays may develop as roads to/from the
port and airport become blocked.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact Andhika GAC at

DATE: January 13, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Autonomous System Experiments west of Causeway & Tanjong Buloh

From 24 to 26 January, autonomous system experiments will be conducted west
of Causeway, Tanjong Buloh and their vicinity.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.07 of 2014 dated 9 January 2014, the experiments will be carried
out between 0800 and 1800 hours daily – including Saturday & Sunday -
within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84

1) 01° 27.021′N / 103° 44.316′E
2) 01° 26.883′N / 103° 44.656′E
3) 01° 26.687′N / 103° 44.597′E
4) 01° 26.824′N / 103° 44.257′E

The experiments and collection of data will be carried out by deploying
autonomous unmanned vehicles in the working areas. The autonomous unmanned
vehicles will be launched from the work barge during the experiments.
Operation and monitoring of these vehicles’ movement will be carried out
from the workboats.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working areas;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 22 (Jurong Control);
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

DATE: January 13, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Darwin
Port on cyclone watch

The Port of Darwin is now officially on Cyclone Watch for a Tropical
Cyclone forming in the Van Dieman Gulf North East of Darwin.

The port remains open at this time, but is on alert and may be closed as
the cyclone approaches.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Tropical Cyclone Advice No.1 issued
at 11:10 am CST [9:40 am WST] on Monday 13 January 2014 states:

“A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for a developing tropical low for
coastal areas from Cape Hotham in the Northern Territory to Kalumburu in
Western Australia, including Darwin and Bathurst Island.

At 9:30 am CST [8:00 am WST] a Tropical Low was estimated to be 285 km
north northeast of Darwin and 730 km northeast of Wyndham and moving west
at 9 km per hour.

The low is expected to move in a southwesterly direction, close to the Tiwi
Islands and the west coast of the Top End. There is the possibility of a
tropical cyclone developing in the Timor Sea but GALES are not expected in
coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales could develop

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

DATE: January 13, 2014
Bunker Update:

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert

                         180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO

Aberdeen                 0         0         565.00      0

Aden                     730.00    0         1,115.00    0

Alexandria               755.00    0         1,180.00    0

Amsterdam                589.00    567.00    889.00      0

Antwerp                  594.00    567.00    881.00      0

Aqaba                    0         705.00    1,055.00    0

Bahrain                  0         0         1,038.00    0

Barrow                   0         0         1,010.00    0

Bergen                   672.00    643.00    956.00      0

Busan                    680.00    650.00    955.00      945.00

Cape Town                635.00    0         967.00      0

Colombo                  655.00    660.00    1,030.00    0

Dubai                    635.00    620.00    890.00      0

Durban                   613.00    0         1,045.00    0

Falmouth                 672.00    625.00    989.00      0

Fawley                   0         0         984.00      0

Felixstowe               0         0         1,058.00    0

Fujairah                 638.00    627.00    993.00      0

Gibraltar                670.00    628.00    961.00      0

Grangemouth              0         0         584.00      0

Harwich                  0         0         1,045.00    0

Hong Kong                640.00    629.00    939.00      0

Houston                  645.00    575.00    950.00      0

Immingham                0         0         985.00      0

Invergordon              0         0         1,010.00    0

Istanbul                 639.00    605.00    975.00      0

Jeddah                   680.00    660.00    1,065.00    0

Kaohsiung                662.00    652.00    1,035.00    1,020.00

Kuwait                   0         626.00    992.00      0

Leith                    0         0         587.00      0

Lerwick                  0         0         580.00      0

Malta                    716.00    680.00    934.00      0

Mersey                   0         0         572.00      0

Milford Haven            0         0         1,027.00    0

Mumbai                   638.00    626.00    1,175.00    0

New York & New Jersey    635.00    580.00    960.00      0

Panama                   655.00    595.00    1,015.00    0

Piraeus                  701.00    656.00    956.00      0

Plymouth                 0         0         1,035.00    0

Port Louis               718.00    0         1,065.00    0

Port Said                758.00    675.00    1,065.00    0

Qatar                    0         0         960.00      0

Richards Bay             622.00    0         1,055.00    0

Rio de Janeiro           619.00    595.00    1,020.00    0

Rotterdam                590.00    568.00    892.00      0

Salalah                  720.00    665.00    1,105.00    0

Shanghai                 670.00    653.50    1,046.50    0

Sharjah                  635.00    620.00    890.00      0

Singapore                614.00    602.00    912.00      0

St Petersburg            456.00    436.00    0           0

Stavanger                0         0         969.00      0

Suez                     683.00    668.00    1,068.00    0

Walvis Bay               661.00    0         1,029.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE     0         660.00    985.00      0

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