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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Union ordered to pay damages for
strike
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – Freezing conditions shut down
pilotage
* United States, Delaware River – Ice Condition II: Update to Horsepower
Restrictions
* India, Cochin – Coal berth unavailable for liquid cargo
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation off Pak Mong, Lantau
Island
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 29/01/2014

DATE: January 29, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Baltimore, Maryland
Union ordered to pay damages for strike

A local longshoremen’s union has been ordered by the federal arbitrator to
pay about USD 3.8 million in damages after their three-day strike in
October last year led to lost revenue at the port of Baltimore.

The International Longshoremen’s Association Local 333 are expected to
appeal the ruling.

This was the first time that an attempt had been made to estimate the
amount of money lost during the strike, and it is unclear if the damages
are meant to account for ongoing revenue losses associated with reduced
trust in labour stability at the port as the contract dispute that sparked
the strike continues.

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

DATE: January 29, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana
Freezing conditions shut down pilotage

Pilot operations in New Orleans and the Mississippi River have been shut
down today (29 January) due to freezing weather.

Major highways, bridges and roads have also been closed due to icy and
hazardous conditions. Several flights have been cancelled and delays are
being experienced at New Orleans Airport.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-high 30s (Fahrenheit) later
today, which may improve some road conditions. However, temperatures below
freezing are forecast again for tonight.

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

DATE: January 29, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Ice Condition II: Update to Horsepower Restrictions

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice
Condition II has been modified to include horsepower restrictions in the C
& D Canal.

There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation
throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents and owners and operators
of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to
the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its
tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

* Only Steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River north of Reedy
Point, in the Schuylkill River, in the Salem River, and within the
Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal.

* Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1,500 minimum shaft horsepower and with
integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes
may transit the C and D Canal.

* Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted 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.

* Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times
when ice is present.

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

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding
ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at http:
www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay. Updates to ice conditions can be heard by
calling the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major
ice developments.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information
Bulletin No.11-14 dated 28 January 2014

DATE: January 29, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Cochin
Coal berth unavailable for liquid cargo

The South Coal Berth (SCB) at Mattancherry channel will not be available
for liquid cargo vessels, except Ammonia vessels and bunker barges, from 15
February 2014 and onwards.

All tank farms now operating through SCB have been directed to complete
their pipeline connectivity to Q4 berth in Mattancherry Wharf before 15
February 2014 so that all liquid cargo will be handled at Q4 from 15
February 2014 onwards.

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at
india@gac.com)

Source: Cochin Port Trust Circular No.A3/5-1/SCB-circular/2014-T

DATE: January 29, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine Site Investigation off Pak Mong, Lantau Island

For approximately 3 months, marine site investigation works involving
drilling of boreholes [are being] carried out [off Pak Mong, Lantau Island]
within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (E):
(A) 22 deg. 18.438′N / 113 deg. 57.511′E
(B) 22 deg. 18.265′N / 113 deg. 57.962′E
(C) 22 deg. 18.005′N / 113 deg. 58.079′E
(D) 22 deg. 17.868′N / 113 deg. 57.535′E
(E) 22 deg. 17.849′N / 113 deg. 56.871′E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge. One tug and one work
boat will provide assistance.

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

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will
stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.15 of 2014

DATE: January 29, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 29/01/2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 29/01/2014


                        180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO


Aberdeen                0         0         570.00      0

Aden                    730.00    0         1,115.00    0

Alexandria              760.00    0         1,170.00    0

Amsterdam               589.00    567.00    889.00      0

Antwerp                 593.00    564.00    904.00      0

Aqaba                   0         705.00    1,055.00    0

Bahrain                 0         0         1,046.00    0

Barrow                  0         0         1,010.00    0

Bergen                  664.00    635.00    946.00      0

Busan                   678.50    650.00    956.50      946.50

Cape Town               640.00    0         698.00      0

Colombo                 660.00    657.00    1,030.00    0

Dubai                   640.00    620.00    910.00      0

Durban                  616.00    0         1,047.00    0

Falmouth                672.00    625.00    989.00      0

Fawley                  0         0         984.00      0

Felixstowe              0         0         1,058.00    0

Fujairah                635.50    629.50    991.00      0

Gibraltar               677.50    635.50    950.50      0

Grangemouth             0         0         587.00      0

Harwich                 0         0         1,045.00    0

Hong Kong               646.00    640.50    954.00      0

Houston                 660.00    590.00    980.00      0

Immingham               0         0         985.00      0

Invergordon             0         0         1,010.00    0

Istanbul                646.50    613.50    975.50      0

Jeddah                  690.00    670.00    1,070.00    0

Kaohsiung               668.00    656.00    1,040.00    1,025.00

Kuwait                  635.00    629.00    990.00      0

Leith                   0         0         585.00      0

Lerwick                 0         0         590.00      0

Malta                   720.50    685.50    933.50      0

Mersey                  0         0         577.00      0

Milford Haven           0         0         1,027.00    0

Mumbai                  638.50    632.50    1,179.50    0

New York & New Jersey   650.00    595.00    975.00      0

Panama                  660.00    600.00    1,030.00    0

Piraeus                 686.50    661.50    948.50      0

Plymouth                0         0         1,035.00    0

Port Louis              712.00    0         1,070.00    0

Port Said               760.00    675.00    1,070.00    0

Qatar                   0         0         960.00      0

Richards Bay            626.00    0         1,057.00    0

Rio de Janeiro          620.00    596.00    1,020.00    0

Rotterdam               593.00    564.00    904.00      0

Salalah                 715.00    665.00    1,100.00    0

Shanghai                673.00    655.50    1,067.50    0

Sharjah                 640.00    620.00    910.00      0

Singapore               610.00    603.00    915.00      0

Sohar                   0         634.00    1,020.00    0

St Petersburg           410.50    390.50    0           0

Stavanger               0         0         961.00      0

Suez                    680.00    675.00    1,070.00    0

Walvis Bay              0         0         1,038.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE    0         675.00    1,010.00    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.

GAC is the world’s leading provider of services and solutions for the
global Shipping, Logistics and Marine industries.

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