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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Uncertainty over dispute with
dockworkers
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine cable repairs
* Indonesia, Widuri Marine Terminal – Port closed due to high winds and
swell

DATE: January 21, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Baltimore, Maryland
Uncertainty over dispute with dockworkers

Some shippers have begun diverting cargo from the port of Baltimore due to
uncertainty about the ongoing labor contract standoff with the largest
dockworkers’ union, despite assurances there won’t be another strike or a
lockout.

Members of Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association met
Thursday night to discuss the latest local contract proposed by the
Steamship Trade Association, which represents port employers, but did not
vote on the proposed contract, officials said.

The union went on strike in October, paralyzing port operations for three
days, until a federal arbitrator ordered a 90-day cooling-off period.

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

DATE: January 21, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Submarine cable repairs

For approximately two months, submarine cable repairing operations will be
carried out [off Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, Tseung Kwan O] within the
area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84
Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 16.802′N / 114 deg. 16.022′E
(B) 22 deg. 16.802′N / 114 deg. 15.630′E
(C) 22 deg. 17.030′N / 114 deg. 15.630′E
(D) 22 deg. 17.030′N / 114 deg. 16.019′E

The works will be carried out by one cable barge. Two tugs and one work
boat will provide assistance.

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

Vessels engaged in the works 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
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.8 of 2014

DATE: January 21, 2014
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Widuri Marine Terminal
Port closed due to high winds and swell

The port of Widuri was closed at 07.00 hours local time today (21 January),
due to recorded wind speeds of 27-30 knots and swell above 2 metres.

The maximum allowable wind speed to conduct mooring activity is 20 knots.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika Indonesia
at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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