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Canals, Holidays, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on February 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chamber to be taken out of service for repairs
* United States, Houston, Texas – Fog affecting boarding
* United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Oil spill update (25
February): River reopened
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling/blasting at Pasir Panjang
Terminal, Phase 3&4
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Temporary Loading Facility at Hung Hom
* Ecuador, all ports – Public holidays in Ecuador

DATE: February 25, 2014
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Lock chamber to be taken out of service for repairs

The Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that the New Big South Lock
Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service for repairs from next
Monday (3 March) until about 14 March.

The New Big North Lock Chamber and the North Lock Chamber of the old locks
will remain in service.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

DATE: February 25, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Houston, Texas
Fog affecting boarding

Boarding of vessels at several West Gulf ports have this morning (25
February) been suspended due to fog, but pilots have advised they are ready
to board vessels whenever visibility allows.

The fog is expected to clear when an expected front moves through the area
late this evening and expected to arrive in the northern part of Galveston
Bay about 01:00, coast at about 06:00 and 60 miles off-shore about 08:00
hrs.

Strong winds with gusts up to 30 mph expected tomorrow morning between 0800
and 1200 hours.

There may be periods of improved visibility during the afternoon.

Fog conditions are expected to return and persist through the week-end
until a front expected to arrive on Monday clears out the fog.

According to advise received from the West Gulf Maritime Association after
participating in the Houston area Port Coordination Team conference call
this morning, Sabine pilots have 14 (six daylight restricted) departures
and 51 (seven daylight restricted) arrivals scheduled. Gal/Tex pilots have
six departures and nine arrivals scheduled. Houston Pilots have 30
departures, 54 arrivals and 23 in port shifts scheduled.

Agents are reminded to keep ENOAs updated, as once the fog lifts traffic
will move quickly.

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

DATE: February 25, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana
Oil spill update (25 February): River reopened

The Captain of the Port New Orleans has reopened the Mississippi River to
all traffic and suspended reporting requirements between MM 155 and MM 90,
as follows:

All vessels and facilities/marine terminals which are NOT actively
producing sheen due to oil contamination may operate at will with NO
restrictions.

The following provisions apply:

1. All fleeting areas between MM 90 and MM 155 are directed to complete the
Contamination Self-Assessment Certification form and fax or e-mail it to
VTS: fax # (504) 365-2519, e-mail D08-PF-VTSNEWORLEANSLMR@ USCG.MIL.

a. If the fleet is actively producing a sheen due to oil contamination, the
fleet shall await an assessment from the Coast Guard to determine if any
additional pollution response/cleanup actions are required to mitigate
environmental impact before moving any barges.

b. If the fleet is NOT actively producing sheen due to oil contamination,
the fleet may operate at will once the Contamination Self-Assessment
Certification form has been submitted as noted above.

2. Marine Terminals/Facilities or Vessels (deep draft and inland) located
between mile marker 155 and 90 AHP which are actively producing sheen due
to oil contamination are required to report they are contaminated with oil
to the Coast Guard using the form noted above and not move/take vessels at
the dock until approved to do so by the Coast Guard.

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

DATE: February 25, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling/blasting at Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phase 3&4

The working area and period has been revised for underwater drilling and
blasting works being conducted at Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phase 3&4. The
works are now being conducted from 25 to 28 February.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 26 of 2014, the works are being carried out within the working
area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Blasting Area Sector F
1) 1 deg. 16.573’N / 103 deg. 46.531’E
2) 1 deg. 16.400’N / 103 deg. 46.428’E
3) 1 deg. 16.303’N / 103 deg. 46.591’E
4) 1 deg. 16.475’N / 103 deg. 46.693’E

Drilling will be carried out 24 hours daily.
Blasting work will be carried out daily in accordance to the following
schedule:
1. 0800–0900 hours
2. 1200–1400 hours
3. 1630–1830 hours

Drilling and blasting work in Sector F area shall only be carried out when
P24 – P26 are closed to all PSA berthing / unberthing operations (WM661 –
WM 1220).

Underwater drilling and blasting work will be carried out by work barge,
Orion 84, held in position by 4-point anchor winch/wire spread. Orion 84
will have a circular safety working zone in accordance to the Explosive
Safety Regulations centered at the barge.

During the operation, Orion 84 shall be attended to by anchor / tug boats.
Storage of explosives will be on board a licensed Explosive Lighter Barge
guarded by Armed Protection Officers (APOs) at all times.

Safety boats will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft
in the vicinity to keep clear of the on-going underwater drilling and
blasting work area.

The following Blast Warning Procedure will be adopted for each underwater
blasting operation:
a) All personnel will be evacuated from the danger zone prior to blasting
operation;
b) APOs in Safety Boats will cordon off the blasting area 30mins prior to
commencement of blasting operation;
c) Two (2) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded 15mins prior to
commencement of blasting operation;
d) Red Flag will be hoisted to warn mariners 5mins prior to commencement of
blasting operation;
e) Three (3) short horn blasts will be sounded 5mins prior to commencement
of blasting operation;
f) Four (4) short horn blasts will be sounded immediately prior to blasting
operation – blast is initiated on fourth (4th) horn blast;
g) One (1) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded after the completion of
blasting operation;
and
h) Red Flag will be lowered to signal the completion of blasting operation.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, 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) comply with the instructions from Pasir Panjang Control and the APO
craft at the scene;
(e) cease all underwater diving activities within a radius of 144 meters
from the perimeter of the working area during the periods of blasting;
(f) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25;
and
(g) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for
assistance, if required.

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

DATE: February 25, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Temporary Loading Facility at Hung Hom

A temporary loading facility has been established at the pier off Hong Kong
Coliseum, Hung Hom. The facility has two discharging ramps and platforms
protruding about 7 metres seawards from the eastern side of the pier. The
temporary loading facility will exist for a period of approximately 18
months.

From time to time, lighters or barges will berth at the facility within the
following operation areas for loading operations:

Area 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 17.964’N / 114º 10.982’E
(B) 22º 17.964’N / 114º 11.011’E
(C) 22º 17.861’N / 114º 11.012’E
(D) 22º 17.861’N / 114º 10.983’E

Area 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(E) 22º 17.858’N / 114º 10.978’E
(F) 22º 17.835’N / 114º 10.993’E
(G) 22º 17.808’N / 114º 10.942’E
(H) 22º 17.831’N / 114º 10.928’E

(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. 27 of 2014
dated 25 February 2014

DATE: February 25, 2014
COUNTRY: Ecuador
PORT: all ports
Public holidays in Ecuador

Most public services in Ecuador will be closed on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 March, due to a public holiday. Ports and terminals, however, will work
normally.

For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC USA Hub Agency Cenbter at hub.us@gac.com

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