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Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on March 31, 2014 at 6:55 PM

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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – Incident approaching the Strait of Hormuz
* United Arab Emirates, Dubai – Tourism dirham fee starts today
* India, Mundra – Draft at berth & channel depths for April 2014
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Construction of additional jetty at power

DATE: March 31, 2014
COUNTRY: Worldwide
Incident approaching the Strait of Hormuz

Mariners are advised that on or about 1403 UTC 30Mar2014 the Master of the
motor tanker Album reported being approached by a skiff in position: Lat
26-24.4N, Long 056-41.8E.

Six personnel onboard where sighted carrying machine guns while the skiff
closed range from five NM at approximately 20 kts. The skiff fired toward
the bridge.

Procedures IAW BMP4 were conducted. The Master raised the ship’s general
alarm, the crew mustered, fire pumps were activated, and the vessel altered

After hearing the alarm, the skiff turn away from the ship’s stern and
traveled eastward. The ship and crew are safe.

It is recommended vessels within the vicinity of this alert operate with a
heightened level of security and report any suspicious activity to MSCHOA,

6. Contact the following with any questions:
phone: +973-3940-1395.

(For information about operations in the Middle East Gulf contact the GAC
Dubai Hub Agency Centre

Source: U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) OIC, Bahrain, Notice to
Mariners dated 30 March 2014

DATE: March 31, 2014
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Dubai
Tourism dirham fee starts today

The Tourism dirham, a new fee by the Dubai Department of Tourism and
Commerce Marketing (DTCM) takes effect today (31 March 2014).

The fee is imposed on guests staying at hotel and hotel apartments per room
per night. Hotels will collect the fee and pass it on to DTCM.

A fee of Dh20 is charged by five-star hotels, Dh15 by four-star hotels,
Dh10 by two- and three-star hotels and Dh7 by one-star or budget hotels,
according to DTCM.

For information about operation in Dubai contact GAC Dubai at

DATE: March 31, 2014
PORT: Mundra
Draft at berth & channel depths for April 2014

Please find below draft at berths and minimum depths at approach channel
and turning circle for the month is as follows.

a) Minimum depth in the MICT container approach channel and turning circle
is 13.1 mtrs. at Chart Datum.

b) Minimum depth in the South basin approach channel and turning circle is
14.4 mtrs. at Chart Datum.

c) Minimum depth in the West Basin approach channel 14.2 Chart

Berth & Draft (Mtrs):
B-1 – 14.0
B-2 – 13.0
B-3 – 13.9
B-4 – 12.6
B-5 – 14.1
B-6 – 15.5
B-7 – 12.0
B-8 – 10.5
B-9 – 13.5
B-10 – 13.6
WB-1 – 17.5
WB-2 – 17.3
WB-3 – 17.3
MICT CB1 – 13.7
MICT CB2 – 14.2 Only up to bollard 32
AMCT CB3 – 14.1
AMCT CB4 – 13.9 Only up to bollard 31.
SB-6 – 15.2
SB-7 – 15.6

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at

Source: Mundra Port Authority circular

DATE: March 31, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Construction of additional jetty at power station

From 7 April to 6 October, an additional jetty will be constructed at Pulau
Seraya Power Station, Jurong Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.43 of 2014 dated 28 March 2014, the works will be conducted 24
hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at Pulau Seraya
terminal within the working area bounded by the
following co-ordinatess (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 1⁰ 17.180’N / 103⁰ 43.650’E
2. 1⁰ 17.258’N / 103⁰ 43.726’E
3. 1⁰ 17.016’N / 103⁰ 43.974’E
4. 1⁰ 16.938’N / 103⁰ 43.899’E

Construction of the new jetty will entail concrete works, pilings and
installation of walkways.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the
construction works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.

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 areas;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25;
(e) communicate with West Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for
assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

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