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Bunkering, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on February 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Angola, all ports – Maintenance shut down
* United States, Delaware River – Safety Zone for dive operations
* United States, Delaware River – Return to Ice Condition 3
* Ecuador, all ports – New restrictions on imports
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 20/02/2014

DATE: February 20, 2014
COUNTRY: Angola
PORT: all ports
Maintenance shut down

Production at Block 18 of BP’s Greater Plutonio field, 100 miles off the
coast of Angola, will be shut down for four weeks in March for maintenance.

Earlier this month BP declared a ‘force majeure’ when production was
slowed, but not halted, when a fish damaged a hose connected to the FPSO.
The fish is believed to have been a Blue Marlin, the world’s fastest fish
which can grow up to 15 feet in length and weigh nearly a ton.

The planned maintenance work should correct the situation and restore
production to normal levels as defined in BP’s contracts with Angola’s
state-owned oil company, Sociedade Nacional de Combustveis de Angola
(Sonangol).

For information about operations in Angola, contact GAC Angola at
angola@gac.com

DATE: February 20, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Safety Zone for dive operations

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for diving operations
that will take place on February 20 and 21 for a four hour period between
8.00am to 6.00pm on each day, in the vicinity of Penn’s Landing n the
Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA.

The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the eastern side of the
navigation channel and is bounded in the south by a line from position
39-56.18N, 075-08.30W to 39-56-17N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by
the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the safety
zone is active. The safety vessel on scene can be contacted on VHF channel
16.

(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.17-14

DATE: February 20, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Return to Ice Condition 3

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners
that the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port zone has returned to Ice
Condition 3. This includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape
May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW.

This means that ice is melting and has been determined to no longer have
the potential to impact commercial navigation.

Mariners should remain alert for floating ice debris and be aware that some
navigational aids may be off-station or damaged as a result of shifting ice
formations.

All masters, ship agents, owners and operators of all vessels, marine
facilities and marinas should continue to adhere to the following
procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

* When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a
propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver
un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the
ice.

* Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and
precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

* 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.

* Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at
all times.

* The COTP Sector 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 or by calling our Sector Delaware Bay
Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

(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.19-14 dated 19 February 2014

DATE: February 20, 2014
COUNTRY: Ecuador
PORT: all ports
New restrictions on imports

Ecuador’s Foreign Trade Committee (COMEX) has issued a Resolution which
establishes new quality control measures for the importation of particular
products into the country.

The resolution covers items, including cosmetics (shampoo, soap, make ]up
and deodorants), ceramics, perfumes, toothpaste, processed fries, meat,
cereals, among others.

Compliance with these new requirements must be certified by accredited
verification agencies at the country of origin. The importer has then to
obtain a Certificate of Recognition from the National Institute of
Standards (INEN) before the goods can be shipped.

This procedure can become cumbersome or take very long to be completed
which is expected to
function as a barrier for a number of items to enter the country.

These restrictions are expected to result in a reduction of imports during
2014 of some $800 million, roughly equivalent to 75% of last year’s trade
deficit.

For information about operations in Ecuador contact the GAC Houston Hub
Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com

DATE: February 20, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 20/02/2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 20/02/2014

                        180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO


Aberdeen                0         0         580.00      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                 601.00    571.00    880.00      0

Aqaba                   0         700.00    1,117.00    0
  
Bahrain                 0         0         1,068.00    0

Barrow                  0         0         1,010.00    0

Bergen                  708.00    683.00    970.00      0

Busan                   670.00    640.00    947.50      937.50

Cape Town               643.00    0         984.00      0

Colombo                 660.00    655.00    1,020.00    0

Dubai                   638.00    617.00    908.00      0

Durban                  615.00    0         1,048.00    0

Falmouth                672.00    625.00    989.00      0

Fawley                  0         0         984.00      0

Felixstowe              0         0         1,058.00    0

Fujairah                627.50    619.50    989.50      0

Gibraltar               718.50    678.50    970.50      0

Grangemouth             0         0         600.00      0

Harwich                 0         0         1,045.00    0

Hong Kong               640.50    633.50    959.00      0

Houston                 675.00    605.00    1,015.00    0

Immingham               0         0         985.00      0

Invergordon             0         0         1,010.00    0

Istanbul                655.50    625.50    988.50      0

Jeddah                  688.00    673.00    1,060.00    0

Kaohsiung               668.00    656.00    1,040.00    1,025.00

Kuwait                  627.00    619.00    989.00      0

Leith                   0         0         596.00      0

Lerwick                 0         0         590.00      0

Malta                   736.50    715.50    939.50      0

Mersey                  0         0         572.00      0

Milford Haven           0         0         1,027.00    0

Mumbai                  638.50    630.50    1,151.50    0

New York & New Jersey   690.00    635.00    1,100.00    0

Panama                  695.00    630.00    1,050.00    0

Piraeus                 726.50    704.50    959.50      0

Plymouth                0         0         1,035.00    0

Port Louis              703.00    0         1,065.00    0

Port Said               760.00    685.00    1,070.00    0

Qatar                   0         0         960.00      0

Richards Bay            625.00    0         1,058.00    0

Rio de Janeiro          643.00    619.00    1,020.00    0

Rotterdam               593.00    564.00    904.00      0

Salalah                 725.00    670.00    1,110.00    0

Shanghai                674.50    643.50    1,079.50    0

Sharjah                 638.00    617.00    908.00      0

Singapore               636.00    619.00    921.00      0

Sohar                   0         629.00    1,020.00    0

St Petersburg           396.50    375.50    0           0

Stavanger               0         0         987.00      0

Suez                    705.00    695.00    1,070.00    0

Walvis Bay              690.00    0         1,065.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE    0         649.00    998.00      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.

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