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Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on April 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Delaware River – Norfolk Dredging shifts ops to Deepwater Point Range
* Singapore, all ports – Cancellation of bunker licenses
* Australia, Melbourne – Closure of berths for construction from July

DATE: April 01, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Norfolk Dredging shifts ops to Deepwater Point Range

Dredging operations have been completed in New Castle Range and all
submerged pipeline has been removed. Anchorage No.3 and Anchorage No.5 are
re-opened for anchorage purposes.

At this time, Norfolk Dredging is conducting dredging operations at
Deepwater Point Range, scheduled to continue through mid-May, 2014.

The Dredge ESSEX is operating in Deepwater Point Range, working from south
to north, starting on the east side of the channel in the vicinity of the
western point of the Killcohook National Wildlife Refuge.

Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge,
buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.
Submerged pipeline is placed parallel to the channel on the New Jersey side
of the river.

On or about April 9, 2014 a submerged pipeline will be placed across the
channel to facilitate dredging the Delaware side of the river. Monitor VHF
channel 16 for information on the pipe-laying operation.

Traffic should call the Dredge ESSEX at least 30 minutes prior to passage.
The Dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16 and can be contacted
by phone at 757-353-0455. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and
operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

(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 # 27-14 dated 31 March 2014

DATE: April 01, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
Cancellation of bunker licenses

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) cancelled the bunker
supplier and bunker craft operator licences that were issued to Coteam
Petroleum Trading Pte Ltd (“Coteam Petroleum”) with effect from 1 April
2014 as they contravened the terms and conditions of the bunkering
licences.

Coteam Petroleum was found to have breached Clause 3 of the terms and
conditions of the Bunkering Licence (Bunker Supplier) by allowing other
companies to use their Bunker Delivery Notes to supply bunkers. They were
also found to have breached Clause 31 of the terms and conditions of the
Bunkering Licence (Bunker Craft Operator) for delivering bunkers on behalf
of an unlicensed company to customers of that company.

All licensed Bunker Suppliers are reminded that under Clause 3 of the terms
and conditions of the Bunkering Licence (Bunker Supplier), bunker suppliers
shall not transfer, assign, sublet, share, part with or otherwise dispose
of any of their rights, duties, liabilities, obligations and privileges
under the terms and conditions of the Licence. In addition, under Clause 31
of the terms and conditions of the Bunkering Licence (Bunker Craft
Operator), bunker craft operators shall not make use of any bunker craft to
deliver bunkers on behalf of any person, firm or company or which is not a
bunker supplier licensed by MPA.

MPA will not hesitate to suspend or cancel the bunkering licence of any
Bunker Supplier or Bunker Craft Operator that is found to have contravened
the terms and conditions of its Licences.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.07
of 2014 dated 1 April 2014

DATE: April 01, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Melbourne
Closure of berths for construction from July

A key element of the creation of additional container capacity within the
Port of Melbourne is the construction of a new international container
terminal at Webb Dock East. To facilitate this construction work, the Port
of Melbourne Corporation will close berths 3, 4 & 5 at Webb Dock East
effective 1 July, 2014.

From this date until completion of works, the wharves at 3, 4 & 5 Webb Dock
East will be under the control of the Corporation’s appointed maritime
works contractor, McConnell Dowell, who will upgrade and modify the wharves
to accommodate the needs of ships docking at the port’s new international
container terminal.

Should McConnell Dowell seek to use the above berths for delivery of
project materials it will be required to seek the necessary exemptions and
approvals from the Harbour Master along with any other applicable statutory
approvals.

Please note that this is an advisory notice only, and the date, time and
other details in relation to the formal closure of the berths at Webb Dock
East will be declared by the Harbour Master in due course. Shipping lines
and Agents should liaise directly with the Terminal Operator in the lead up
to the formal closure of the berths.

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Port of Melbourne Webb Dock Works Advisory Notice

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