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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on January 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Waiting times for transit
* United States, Port Arthur, Texas – Sabine-Neches Canal channel
limitations update (15 January)
* United States, Delaware River – Anchorage restrictions & safety zone
extended
* Australia, all ports – AMSA Inspectors Entering Lifeboats
* Trinidad & Tobago, all ports – Seismic surveys underway
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 16/01/2014

DATE: January 16, 2014
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Waiting times for transit

Due to an increasing number of ships approaching the Kiel Canal, there are
waiting time for ships with LOA exceeding 125 m and draft of more than 6.5
m.

Current indicative times are as follows:
- Kiel-Holtenau: about 4 hours
- Brunsbuettel: about 4 hours

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

DATE: January 16, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Port Arthur, Texas
Sabine-Neches Canal channel limitations update (15 January)

Contractors continue work to remove construction scaffolding that collapsed
into the waters adjacent to the Highway 82/Martin Luther King (Gulfgate)
bridge in Port Arthur, TX.

Vessel Traffic Service (VYS) Port Arthur will continue to enforce VTS
Measures, including prohibiting vessels from meeting or overtaking within
1,000 feet of the bridge and requiring passing vessels to favor the red
(east) side of the canal. The Coast Guard will also allow vessels with
drafts greater than 30 feet to transit the waterway, on a case-by-case
basis, provided those vessels are accompanied by sufficient tugs to safely
favor the red side of the channel at a slow speed.

Vessel traffic restricitons will be rescinded as soon as practicable, and
information regarding changing traffic restrictions will be disseminated as
quickly as possile.

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

Source: U.S. Coast GUard Marine Safety Unit,Port Arthur, Texas, Marine
Safety Information Bulletin 02-14 dated 15 January 2014

DATE: January 16, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Anchorage restrictions & safety zone extended

The US Coast Guard has issued a Temporary Final Rule establishing temporary
regulations in support of the annual U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
dredging of Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River.

Anchorage restrictions and a safety zone affecting the Marcus Hook area of
the Delaware River are in place every year from September 1 through
December 31. However, this year the dredging operations taking place
require the regulations to remain in place through February 28, 2014.

The Temporary Final Rule may be viewed at

http://www.maritimedelriv.com/Port_Security/USCG/USCG_Files/MH_Safety_Zone_Temp_FR.pdf

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

DATE: January 16, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
AMSA Inspectors Entering Lifeboats

The maritime industry has in recent years been aware of incidents occurring
world-wide in relation to lifeboat release arrangements.

Predominately, Port State Control (PSC) and Flag State Control (FSC)
detentions relating to this subject have been for defective maintenance of
the equipment. This equipment is often designed in such a way that
maintaining clearances between moving parts and proper maintenance to these
lifeboats is absolutely critical.

AMSA notes that there has been a reduction in lifeboat accidents, which is
likely due to improved awareness of the problem and the introduction of
interim measures such as fall prevention devices.

Further improvements in safety outcomes are anticipated from the more
permanent measures being introduced, such as the replacement of on-load
release mechanism that do not meet the current IMO standard. Replacement
must be completed no later than the first scheduled dry-docking after 1
July 2014, but not later than 1 July 2019.

However, vigilance still needs to be maintained to prevent further lifeboat
accidents.

AMSA has instructed its inspectors that they should not rely on the boat
harbour pins and gripes if an inspector is to enter a lifeboat – unless it
can be demonstrated to the AMSA inspector that lifeboat release
arrangements are correctly set. If this is unable to be demonstrated,
additional restraints are required to be fitted.

The AMSA inspector will discuss such requirements with the master of the
vessel early in a PSC or FSC inspection to avoid unnecessary delays. It is
the responsibility of the master NOT the AMSA inspector to determine a
suitable supplementary restraint arrangement, however, the AMSA inspector
must be satisfied with the method used before entering the lifeboat.

This requirement is for entry into the lifeboat when fully housed ONLY. The
arrangement is to be removed immediately upon completion of the lifeboat
inspection and under NO circumstances is the lifeboat to be swung out with
the supplementary restraint fitted.

This requirement is a control mechanism that AMSA has implemented to reduce
the AMSA inspector’s exposure to risk and the cooperation of all owners,
operators and masters is appreciated.

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

Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Marine Notice 2/2014

DATE: January 16, 2014
COUNTRY: Trinidad & Tobago
PORT: all ports
Seismic surveys underway

Until 31 May 2014, 3D Ocean bottom cable seismic surveys are being
conducted by M/V SANCO STAR in the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad & Tobago.

The surveys are deploying cables of 600m length by 400m wide separation on
the seafloor and M/V OCEAN EUROPE, towing air-gun arrays approximately 100m
astern within the area bounded by following positions:
A) 10-12.26N / 061-40.19W
B) 10-17.34N / 061-40.13W
C) 10-17.55N / 061-58.83W
D) 10-03.71N / 062-04.34W
E) 10-03.51N / 061-56.55W
F) 10-05.47N / 061-56.45W

M/V CAPTAIN GRADY and M/V ELIZABETH C will be in attendance. A wide berth
and caution is advised. BA Chart Ref: 1045.

These operations is likely to affect ships calling at Point Fortin.

For information about operations in Trinidad & Tobago contact GEMS Trinidad
& Tobago at trinidad@gac.com

DATE: January 16, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 16/01/2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 16/01/2014

                         180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO

Aberdeen                 0         0         565.00      0

Aden                     730.00    0         1,115.00    0

Alexandria               760.00    0         1,200.00    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         1,033.00    0

Barrow                   0         0         1,010.00    0

Bergen                   653.00    625.00    934.00      0

Busan                    680.00    650.00    955.00      945.00

Cape Town                641.00    0         964.00      0

Colombo                  660.00    652.00    1,035.00    0

Dubai                    643.50    620.00    890.00      0

Durban                   614.00    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                 642.00    631.00    994.50      0

Gibraltar                673.50    631.50    951.50      0

Grangemouth              0         0         584.00      0

Harwich                  0         0         1,045.00    0

Hong Kong                642.50    630.50    944.50      0

Houston                  645.00    575.00    950.00      0

Immingham                0         0         985.00      0

Invergordon              0         0         1,010.00    0

Istanbul                 641.50    608.50    970.50      0

Jeddah                   690.00    670.00    1,070.00    0

Kaohsiung                662.00    652.00    1,035.00    1,020.00

Kuwait                   642.00    631.00    994.00      0

Leith                    0         0         587.00      0

Lerwick                  0         0         580.00      0

Malta                    717.50    681.50    933.50      0

Mersey                   0         0         572.00      0

Milford Haven            0         0         1,027.00    0

Mumbai                   639.50    628.50    1,176.50    0

New York & New Jersey    635.00    580.00    965.00      0

Panama                   645.00    585.00    1,025.00    0

Piraeus                  680.50    655.50    944.50      0

Plymouth                 0         0         1,035.00    0

Port Louis               718.00    0         1,065.00    0

Port Said                760.00    665.00    1,070.00    0

Qatar                    0         0         960.00      0

Richards Bay             624.00    0         1,052.00    0

Rio de Janeiro           620.00    595.00    1,020.00    0

Rotterdam                590.00    568.00    892.00      0

Salalah                  710.00    657.00    1,085.00    0

Shanghai                 671.00    651.50    1,049.50    0

Sharjah                  643.50    620.00    890.00      0

Singapore                620.00    608.00    917.00      0

St Petersburg            435.50    415.50    0           0

Stavanger                0         0         949.00      0

Suez                     680.00    665.00    1,065.00    0

Walvis Bay               695.00    0         1,030.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE     0         665.00    995.00      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.

Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com
Europe: bunker.gb@gac.com
Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas: bunker.us@gac.com
Asia Pacific: bunker.sg@gac.com
Indian Subcontinent: bunker.sl@gac.com

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or
with your bunker enquiry.

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