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Bunkering, Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Strikes, Weather — By on March 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Strike update (26 March)
* United States, Houston, Texas – Texas City Y incident response update (26 March)
* United States, Delaware River – End of Ice Season
* United Arab Emirates, Sharjah – Sunken vessel
* Singapore, all ports – Update on Annual Administrative Fee Scheme
* Trinidad & Tobago, Point Lisas – Labour issues affecting operations
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 26/03/2014

DATE: March 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Strike update (26 March)

Brunsbuettel locks will be closed due to strike actions from 1400 hours
tomorrow (27 March) until 0600 hours on Friday 28 March.

At this stage, it is uncertain if the strike actions at Kiel-Holtenau locks
commencing at 0600 hours tomowwo (27March) will affect both the big and
small locks or only the old small locks.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger -GAC agent

DATE: March 26, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Houston, Texas
Texas City Y incident response update (26 March)

Last night, tugs ran through the night. For deep draft vessels,
daylight-only restrictions still exist, however two way traffic is open
throughout the VTS area.

If the day goes well and no oil or sheening is reported, USCG Waterways
Management will consider lifting the daylight-only restriction for deep
draft vessels.

The Houston Pilots have five vessels moving inbound, and 10 outbound, with
47 vessels waiting to move in to Houston, and 29 waiting to move out.

The Galveston-Texas City Pilots are back to normal scheduled operations in
Galveston.

In Texas City, they are working with Houston Vessel Traffic to begin
movement around dive operations in the Texas City dike. The first vessel
departed at 0800 today.

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

DATE: March 26, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
End of Ice Season

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners
that Ice Season 2013-14 for Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone has
officially concluded.

The 2013/14 winter season brough unusually severe and icy weather with more
ice formation in the Delaware Rover, its tributaries, and the C&D Canal
than the region has seen in many years. Ice reports we received from
waterfront facilities, vessels, and bridges made it possible for the Coast
Guard to make sound decisions regarding ice breaking operations and
navigational restrictions. Together, we were able to mitigate impacts to
commerce without incident….

(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 #26-14

DATE: March 26, 2014
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Sharjah
Sunken vessel

All mariners are hereby notified that a submerged wreck is in approximate
position Lat. 25 deg 27.641N, Long. 055 deg 19.919E.

All vessels navihating in this area are to take note of the aboce and
exercise caution while approaching the area.

For information about operations in Sharjah contact GAC Sharjah at
sharjah@gac.com
Source: Sharjah Notice to Mariners dated 24 March 2014

DATE: March 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
Update on Annual Administrative Fee Scheme

The subsidiary legislations to effect the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)
will be brought into force on 1 April 2014. As a result, there will be some
changes to the crewing-related services provided by MPA.

In addition, we have also taken the opportunity to review existing
crewing-related services not affected by the MLC legislations. This
circular provides an update on the changes made to such services covered
under the Annual Administrative Fee (AAF) scheme.

CHANGES TO APPLICABLE CREWING-RELATED SERVICES

The revised crewing-related services under the AAF scheme that will come
into effect on 1 April 2014 are as follows:
a. to cease the opening and closing of crew agreement;
b. to issue Part I of the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance;
and
c. to package search fees and photocopy charges for the retrieval of crew
agreement or official log books together.

REVISED APPLICATION FORM
Other than the revised crewing-related services, there are no changes to
the AAF scheme. The flat fee remains at S$600 per ship (inclusive of GST)
for each calendar year (January to December).

The revised application form with the updated list of applicable services,
as attached in Annex A, replaces the previous application form found in
Shipping Circular No. 20 of 2013. Interested owners or its appointed ship
managers/ agents who have yet to enrol their ships in the scheme can make
an application to MPA by submitting the duly completed application form via
email: marine@mpa.gov.sg to our office….

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No. 8 of
2014 dated 24 March 2014

DATE: March 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Trinidad & Tobago
PORT: Point Lisas
Labour issues affecting operations

The Port of Point Lisas is currently experiencing labour related issues,
which has caused delays to vessel and gate operations.

[Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited’s] Management
Team is working fervently to resolve the matter in the shortest possible
time and we expect to resume the receipt and delivery of full and empty
containers at 1500 hrs today.

We will keep you informed of further developments as soon as information
becomes available.

(For information about operations in Trindad & Tobago contact GAC Energy &
Marine Services Trinidad & Tobago at trinidad@gac.com)

Source: Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited
(PLIPDECO) Notice No.PLD 07-2014 dated 26 March 2014

DATE: March 26, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 26/03/2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 26/03/2014

                        180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO


Aberdeen                0         0         585.00      0

Aden                    730.00    0         1, 115.00    0

Alexandria              755.00    0         1, 170.00    0

Amsterdam               604.00    581.00    890.00      0

Antwerp                 607.00    587.00    899.00      0

Aqaba                   0         697.00    1, 030.00    0

Bahrain                 0         0         1, 040.00    0

Bergen                  705.00    684.00    930.00      0

Busan                   670.00    640.00    947.50      937.50

Cape Town               0         0         0           0

Colombo                 658.00    650.00    1, 020.00    0

Dubai                   632.00    615.00    900.00      0

Durban                  610.00    0         1, 040.00    0

Fujairah                614.50    607.50    990.00      0

Gibraltar               712.50    675.50    938.50      0

Grangemouth             0         0         602.00      0

Hong Kong               623.50    615.00    932.50      0

Houston                 655.00    585.00    975.00      0

Istanbul                633.50    603.50    950.50      0

Jeddah                  725.00    690.00    1, 070.00    0

Kaohsiung               668.00    656.00    1, 040.00    1, 025.00

Kuwait                  614.00    607.00    989.00      0

Leith                   0         0         600.00      0

Lerwick                 0         0         590.00      0

Malta                   735.50    716.50    914.50      0

Mersey                  0         0         588.00      0

Mumbai                  627.00    615.50    1, 093.50    0

New York & New Jersey   665.00    610.00    1, 030.00    0

Panama                  675.00    615.00    1, 045.00    0

Piraeus                 734.50    704.50    927.50      0

Port Louis              695.00    0         1, 065.00    0

Port Said               755.00    675.00    1, 080.00    0

Qatar                   0         0         960.00      0

Richards Bay            619.00    0         1, 050.00    0

Rio de Janeiro          645.00    621.00    990.00      0

Rotterdam               613.00    590.00    899.00      0

Salalah                 700.00    650.00    1, 095.00    0

Shanghai                653.50    625.00    1, 079.50    0

Sharjah                 632.00    615.00    900.00      0

Singapore               618.00    597.00    905.00      0

Sohar                   0         629.00    1, 020.00    0

St Petersburg           486.50    465.50    0           0

Stavanger               0         0         947.00      0

Suez                    0         680.00    1, 080.00    0

Sunderland              0         0         578.00      0

Thames                  0         0         601.00      0

Walvis Bay              699.00    0         1, 052.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE    0         662.00    1, 010.00    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.

GAC is the world’s leading provider of services and solutions for the
global Shipping, Logistics and Marine industries.

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