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Military, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 31, 2014 at 7:46 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, San Francisco, California – Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans
* United States, New York, NewYork – New York Ice Report
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine outfall inspection off Black Point Power
Station
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Maintenance dredging at Western Anchorage No. 2
* Australia, Gladstone – Harbour still closed
* Australia, all ports – Cyclone crosses Queensland coast

DATE: January 31, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: San Francisco, California
Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans

The U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control Inspections Chief for San Francisco
has advised that the “Interim Guidance for the Development and Review of
Response Plans for Nontank Vessels” is no longer in effect from 30 January
2014.

As such, the USCG is deactivating all Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans
(NTVRPs) created under the interim provisions of NVIC 01-05 CH-1 except for
those which have been updated, and reviewed by the Coast Guard and found to
be in full compliance with 33 CFR 155 Subpart J.

In order to be in compliance, vessels should have a newly approved NTVRP.
The vessel may also have an Interim Operating Authorization (IOA) from the
USCG which indicates that the vessel has submitted their NTVRP for review.

All vessels arriving and in port will be vetted to ensure compliance with
NTVRP requirements. If a vessel is not in compliance there may be a delay
in arrivals/departures until it is confirmed that the vessel has
successfully submitted their NTVRP for approval.

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

DATE: January 31, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
New York Ice Report

The following ice report broadcast has been initiated for New York Harbor
and the Hudson River:

LOCATION: Shrewsbury & Navesink Rivers
- TYPE: Drift
- FORM: Plate
- THICKNESS: 1-3
- COVERAGE: 50 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Sandy Hook Bay
- TYPE: Fast
- FORM: Plate
- THICKNESS: 1-3
- COVERAGE: 50 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Lower New York Bay
OPEN/30 JAN

LOCATION: Upper New York Bay
OPEN/30 JAN

LOCATION: Newark Bay
OPEN/30 JAN

LOCATION: Throgs Neck Bridge
- TYPE: Drift
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 1-2
- COVERAGE: 40 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 25 JAN

LOCATION: George Washington Bridge
- TYPE: Drift
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 1-5
- COVERAGE: 30 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): Y
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Tappan Zee to West Point
- TYPE: Fast
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 3-4
- COVERAGE: 80 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: West Point to Newburgh
- TYPE: Drift
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 3-4
- COVERAGE: 90 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Newburgh to Poughkeepsie
- TYPE: Drift
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 4-5
- COVERAGE: 90 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Poughkeepsie to Kingston
- TYPE: Drift
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 4-5
- COVERAGE: 80 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): Y
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Kingston to Catskill
- TYPE: Fast
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 5-7
- COVERAGE: 95 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): Y
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Catskill to Albany
- TYPE: Fast
- FORM: Brash
- THICKNESS: 4-5
- COVERAGE: 100 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): Y
- DATE: 30 JAN

LOCATION: Albany to Troy
- TYPE: Fast
- FORM: Plate
- THICKNESS: 2-6
- COVERAGE: 90 pct
- ESTABLISHED TRACK (Y or N): N
- DATE: 30 JAN

The current conditions of the following meeting areas and choke points:
A. West Point: Drift/Brash/3-4/70PCT/N/30JAN
B. Crum Elbow: Drift/Brash/4-5/80PCT/Y/30JAN
C. Hyde Park: Drift/Brash/4-5/80PCT/Y/30JAN
D. Esopus Meadows: Drift/Brash/4-5/80PCT/Y/30JAN
E. Silver Point: Fast/Brash/5-7/100PCT/Y/30JAN
F. Hudson Anchorage: Fast/Brash/4-6/100PCT/Y/30JAN
G. Stuyvesant Anchorage: Fast/Brash/4-6/100PCT/Y/30JAN

Aton Status: Hudson River Buoy 50 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 52 is
under ice. Hudson River Buoy 54 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 58 is under
ice. Hudson River Buoy 70 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 72 is under ice.
Hudson River Buoy 112 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 130 is under ice.
Hudson River Buoy 141 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 151 is under ice.
Hudson River Buoy 155 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 158 is under ice.
Hudson River Buoy 163 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 168A is under ice.
Hudson River Buoy 174 is under ice. Hudson River Buoy 176 is under ice.
Hudson River Buoy 187 is under ice. Hog’s Back N Lighted Buoy N

Aids to Navigation may be unreliable in areas impacted by ice due to the
current conditions.

Operating restrictions:
Vessels of less than 3,000 horsepower while engaged in towing operations
are not authorized to transit the navigable waters of the Hudson River
where ice conditions are reported to be 8 inches or greater unless
operating with an assist tug, as part of a convoy or in conjunction with
scheduled icebreaking operations in the area unless authorized by the
Captain of the Port New York.

These ice conditions are estimated and may be worse in natural choke points
and outside the navigable track maintained by Coast Guard Icebreakers.

Daily ice reports, over flight pictures, and additional ice related
information can be found at the Sector New York Homeport website. The
Sector Command Center can be reached at 718-354-4356.

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

DATE: January 31, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Submarine outfall inspection off Black Point Power Station

From 4 February 2014 and for approximately one week, submarine outfall
inspection works will be carried out [off Black Point Power Station] within
the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS
84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 24.746′N / 113 deg. 54.142′E
(B) 22 deg. 24.710′N / 113 deg. 54.182′E
(C) 22 deg. 24.602′N / 113 deg. 54.065′E
(D) 22 deg. 24.645′N / 113 deg. 54.024′E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tug and one work
boat will provide assistance.

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

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. The vessels employed for
the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 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.19 of 2014

DATE: January 31, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Maintenance dredging at Western Anchorage No. 2

From 6 February and approximately 2 months, dredging operations will be
carried out [at Western Anchorage No.2] within the area bounded by straight
lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22° 18.981′N / 114° 04.682′E
(B) 22° 18.730′N / 114° 04.807′E
(C) 22° 18.700′N / 114° 04.555′E
(D) 22° 18.918′N / 114° 04.532′E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. Three split-hopper
barges, two tugs and one work boat will assist in the works. 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 dredger will be
established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be
laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

The works will be carried out round-the-clock.

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 Marine Department Notice No.11 of 2014

DATE: January 31, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Gladstone
Harbour still closed

Gladstone Harbour remains closed to shipping until at least 4pm today (31
January), when another review of the weather situation will take place.

The harbour was closed to all shipping traffic due to weather related to
ex-Tropical Cyclone Dylan at 8pm last night.

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

DATE: January 31, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Cyclone crosses Queensland coast

Tropical Cyclone Dylan has now crossed the Queensland, with what is
believed to have been minimal impact to ports in the region.

Ports are now assessing any damage and waiting for weather conditions to
ease to allow shipping and cargo operations to safely re-commence.

The Regional Harbour Master at Townsville has reopened the Pilotage Area
of Townsville, as at 0730 hours local time today (31 January).

The Regional Harbour Master at Mackay has advised that the Hay Point and
Mackay Pilotage Areas at 1000 hours local time. Ships may return to
anchorages from this time onwards. Masters must contact Hay Point VTS who
will control traffic movement entering the pilotage areas. Returning ships
will be allocated the same anchoring position before the closure. Masters
should navigate with caution as there may be navigational hazards in the
area.

At this stage, it is understood that shipping and cargo operations at the
Abbot Point, Hay Point and Gladstone coal terminals remain suspended due to
weather conditions even though the ports are now open. The terminals are
expected recommence operations over the next few days as sea and weather
conditions improve.

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

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