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Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on February 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Strait of Juan de Fuca – Vessel transits through Strait of Juan de Fuca
* United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Limited visibility at Algiers Point
* Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation work off Kuala Johor
* Australia, Port Kembla – Berth repairs
* Mexico, Pajaritos – Port dues increased

DATE: February 10, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Strait of Juan de Fuca
Vessel transits through Strait of Juan de Fuca

In January 2014 under the Washington State new regulation, Washington State
Maritime Corporation has renewed their reciprocal arrangement with Western
Canada Marine Response Corporation to facilitate continuous oil spill
coverage for vessels transiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

In the past, for vessels calling Canada, owners must have an oil spill
response contract with WCMRC.

With immediate effect, all vessels bound for Canadian ports transiting
Strait of Juan de Fuca at US waters must have two oil spill response
coverage arrangements:
WSMC – Washington State Maritime Cooperative
WCMRC – Western Canada Marine Response Corporation

WSMC will not apply any fees for vessels in transit only.

For information about operations in the USA and/or Canada contact the GAC
US Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com

DATE: February 10, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana
Limited visibility at Algiers Point

The Lower Mississippi River Navigation was closed to navigation at Algiers
Point due to limited visibility at 0107 hours local time today (10
February).

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

DATE: February 10, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Soil investigation work off Kuala Johor

From 12 February to 12 April, soil investigation works will be carried out
off Kuala Johor, Changi East.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 23 of 2014 dated 10 February 2014, the works will be conducted
24 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – within the working
area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
a) 1⁰ 21.459′N / 104⁰ 01.868′E
b) 1⁰ 20.992′N / 104⁰ 01.953′E
c) 1⁰ 20.707′N / 104⁰ 02.358′E
d) 1⁰ 21.156′N / 104⁰ 02.261′E
e) 1⁰ 21.338′N / 104⁰ 02.415′E
f) 1⁰ 21.619′N / 104⁰ 02.027′E

Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling
and Cone Penetration Test (CPT) using a jack-up barge and a crane barge
respectively. Either a jack-up barge or a crane barge will be working on
one borehole at a time.

The jack-up barge or the crane barge, with tug boats in attendance, will
have a circular safety working zone of 80 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 area;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control);
and
(e) communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: February 10, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Berth repairs

Critical repair works will be carried out at the North End of Port Kembla
Coal Terminal’s Berth 102 from 25 to 28 February.

During this period, warping of Super Panamax and Cape Size vessels will
require warping (shifting alongside the wharf) to access Hatches 1-9.

The Terminal will endeavour to have suitable load plans presented to
minimize vessel warping and will communicate with vessel agents to achieve
the desired outcomes.

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

DATE: February 10, 2014
COUNTRY: Mexico
PORT: Pajaritos
Port dues increased

Effective from today (10 February), port dues at the Pajaritos and
Coatzacoalcos have been increased as follows:

PAJARITOS:
Fixed tariff:
- Up to 9 February 2014: Mx$ 18,191.25
- From 10 February 2014: Mx$ 19,000.00
Plus-Variable (per GRT):
- Up to 9 February 2014: 3.92
- From 10 February 2014: 4.07
- Increase: 3.82%
Dockage dues (per berthed hours per metre of vessel LOA):
- Up to 9 February 20134: 6.07
- From 10 February 2014: 6.31
- Increase: 3.95%

COATZACOALCOS (City berths):
Fixed tariff:
- Up to 9 February 2014: Mx$ 17,325.00
- From 10 February 2014: Mx$ 19,000.00
Plus-Variable (per GRT):
- Up to 9 February 2014: 3.29
- From 10 February 2014: 3.42
- Increase: 3.95%
Dockage dues (per berthed hours per metre of vessel LOA):
- Up to 9 February 20134: 6.07
- From 10 February 2014: 6.31
- Increase: 3.95%

The above tariff does not include 16% V.A.T.

For information about operations Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

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