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Construction, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Strikes, Weather — By on February 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, all ports – Severe weather expected to bring shipping delays
* France, Fos – Strike over at oil terminals
* United States, Delaware River – Ice Condition II: Removal of steel hull restrictions
* Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation at Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island
* Singapore, all ports – VHF Channel for communication on tugs/water services

DATE: February 07, 2014
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: all ports
Severe weather expected to bring shipping delays

Severe weather continues to hit the UK, especially in the South West. Large
delays to shipping expected.

For the latest weather update, go to
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/marine/inshore_forecast.html#All

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: February 07, 2014
COUNTRY: France
PORT: Fos
Strike over at oil terminals

The 24-hour strike by staff at the Fos & Lavera oil terminals ended at 0600
this morning (7 February) and operations have resumed.

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

DATE: February 07, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Ice Condition II: Removal of steel hull restrictions

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice
Condition II has been modified to lift steel hull restrictions in the
Delaware River north of Reedy Point, in Schuylkill River and in Salem
River. Steel hull restrictions remain in effect within the C&D Canal.

All masters, ship agents and owners and operators of all vessels, marine
facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice
Conditions II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the
Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

* Only steel hull vessels may operate within the Chesapeake and Delaware
(C&D) Canal

* Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice wihtout
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

(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 #14-14 dated 6 February 2014

DATE: February 07, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Soil investigation at Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island

From 10 to 22 February, soil investigation works will be carried out a
Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No. 20 of 2014 dated 7 February 2014, the works will be conducted 24
hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays at the following marine
boreholes (WGS 84 Datum):
BH1) 1° 14.911’N / 103° 49.234’E
BH2) 1° 14.808’N / 103° 49.368’E

Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling
using jack-up barges. One jack-up barge will be working on only one
borehole at a time.

The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular
safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats
will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas to warn
other craft of the project work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and
international day and night signals.

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 and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
and
(e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if
required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at
Singapore@gac.com

DATE: February 07, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
VHF Channel for communication on tugs/water services

With effect from 0900 hrs (Local Time) on 3 Mar 2014, Channel 17 (156.850
MHz) will replace Channel 61 (156.075 MHz / 160.675 MHz) as the VHF Channel
for communication on tugs and water supply services.

Such communication would include vessels, pilots and dockmasters requesting
for tugs
service from the tug service providers and vessels requesting for water
supply at the anchorages from the water service provider.

The above change is to facilitate communication and enhance the operations
of tugs and
water services.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at
singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.18
of 2014 dated 5 February 2014

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