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Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on February 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Mersey – Pilot boarding
* United Kingdom, all ports – Severe weather continues to impact UK ports
* Indonesia, all ports – Airports closed after volcanic eruption
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Repair Works to Tai Long Wan Pier, Lantau Island
* Brazil, all ports – Daylight Saving Time to end
* Venezuela, all ports – Exchange rate adjustment

DATE: February 14, 2014
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Mersey
Pilot boarding

Due to predicted weather conditions, pilots are boarding vessels for
EAM/Tide 15th at Liverpool Mersey BAR Station. PT.Lynas station is expected
to be closed later today (14 February).

Conditions are very changeable and pilot boarding decisions will only be
confirmed closer to time of berthing.

Meanwhile, severe weather continues to hit the UK, especially in the south
west. Large delays to shipping are expected. For the latest forecast, 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 14, 2014
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: all ports
Severe weather continues to impact UK ports

Ports on the south, south west and west coasts of the UK are being impacted
as severe weather continues to lash the country.

As a result of the extreme conditions, shipping traffic is backing up as
berthing and sailing of vessels is fitted into windows of opportunity
between what is being called a ‘conveyor belt’ of storms brought in on the
jet stream. In some cases, long delays can result in cancellation of
voyages.

The rest of the UK is being also being affected, but to a lesser degree.
However, even in such areas, high winds and tidal surges can create
challenging conditions, again bringing the possibility of port congestion.

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

DATE: February 14, 2014
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: all ports
Airports closed after volcanic eruption

Three airports on Indonesia’s main island, Java, have been closed
temporarily after a powerful volcanic explosion yesterday (13 February).

Mount Kelud erupted spewing ash into the air of East Java Province, and was
heard by residents of Surabaya, 130km away. Areas within 10km of the
volcano are being evacuated.

Crew changes at the port of Surabaya are being affected by the fact that
Surabaya, Jogyakarta and Surakarta airports have been closed due to reduced
visibility and the risk of ash to flight safety. It is not currently clear
when when airports will re-open.

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

DATE: February 14, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Repair Works to Tai Long Wan Pier, Lantau Island

For approximately 4 months, repair works to the Tai Long Wan Pier will be
carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 13.056′N / 113 deg. 59.944′E
(B) 22 deg. 12.981′N / 114 deg. 00.029′E
(C) 22 deg. 12.899′N / 113 deg. 59.968′E
(D) 22 deg. 12.960′N / 113 deg. 59.872′E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One flat-top pontoon,
one backhoe pontoon, one tug and one work boat will provide assistance. The
number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to
suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 30 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 0700 to 1900 hours. Vessels employed for the
works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be
established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of
netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with
yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

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.23 of 2014

DATE: February 14, 2014
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: all ports
Daylight Saving Time to end

Daylight Saving ends in Brazil from 00:00 hours this Sunday (16 February).
Clocks will be turned back in one hour, making local time GMT-3.

Daylight saving time is in effect for the following Brazilian States:

SOUTH:
Rio Grande Do Sul
Santa Catarina
Parana

SOUTHEAST:
Sao Paulo
Rio De Janeiro
Minas Gerais
Espirito Santo

CENTRE-WEST:
Goias
Mato Grosso Do Sul
Federal District (Brasilia)

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

DATE: February 14, 2014
COUNTRY: Venezuela
PORT: all ports
Exchange rate adjustment

The Venezuelan government has announced that for services rendered to
foreign-flagged vessels performing international trading, among others, the
official exchange rate is fixed as per SICAD public currency exchange
auctions.

The current official exchange rate is BsF. 11.33 per USD as per most recent
results.

This results in savings for foreign clients of around 50% on most services.
The new exchange rate has come into effect for all transactions made from
January 24, 2014.

This exchange rate will fluctuate as per non-periodical auctions ruled and
carried out by the Central Bank of Venezuela thru SICAD.

The new exchange rate will not affect calculation of services rendered and
fixed on tariffs and settled on USD (Terminal Fixed Charges invoiced by
PDVSA) as the method of payment remains unchanged, deposited in a foreign
Bank Account.

For information about operations in Venezuela contact GAC-Vensport at
gac-vensport.venezuela@gac.com

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