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Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on April 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Grangemouth – Plant closure
* United Kingdom, Fawley – Slops service unavailable
* Namibia, all ports – Temporary import of seismic vessels
* United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Southwest Pass dredging
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging Operations at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

DATE: April 04, 2014
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Grangemouth
Plant closure

The Ethylene Cracker and Butadiene Plant at the Ineos Grangemouth site are
to close with immediate effect.

It was originally thought they would continue to operate until 2015 but the
operation, originally built in the 1960s, is now no longer considered to be
commercially viable. The closure is part of the larger plan to import shale
gas via a new Ethane Terminal which they hope to be operational in 2016.

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: April 04, 2014
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Fawley
Slops service unavailable

Ships visiting Fawley must keep slops on board, including tank washings.

This is a temporary change to operations. Full service will be resumed when
operations at the Marine Terminal return to normal.

For information about operations in the UK, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: April 04, 2014
COUNTRY: Namibia
PORT: all ports
Temporary import of seismic vessels

The Namibian Ministry of Finance – Customs and Excise has advised that
seismic vessels must be temporarily imported before starting work in
Namibian waters.

QUOTE….
All seismic survey vessels shall be imported temporarily under rebate item
460.23 of Scehdule 4 to the Customs and Excuise Act No 20 of 1998 and
Schedule V (section 13)(2)(e) to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Amendment Act No
34 of 2000.

Both Acts make provisions for goods imported for prospecting of natural gas
in terms of prospecting lease or prospecting sublease and/or mining natural
oil or gas whether or not in terms of mining lease, to be cleared free from
Customs Duties and VAT.

Kindly apply for the Rebate Permit from the line Ministry (Trade and
Industry) and declare all vessels so imported under Model IM 5, CPC 5300
461.

All Duties and VAT is payable on the following items if imported:
(a) Distillate fuel, residual fuel oil and biodiesel
(b) Goods for personal use of any person
(c) All consumables, e.g. provisions, grease, etc.
(d) Goods for the use in the exploitation or processing or any product
other than natural oil or natural gas or in the processing or distribution
of natural gas or oil

All spare parts to be used on the vessel must be declared in-transit to the
vessel under the vessel’s flag as originating status.

If there is any equipment which will be used in the manufacture of any
equipment, installation or device, for use solely in operations in
connection with the prospecting (survey), these items will be rebated.
However, rebate shall be applied for from the line Ministry, which is the
Ministry of Trade and Industry.

If there is equipment temporarily imported, the prescribed clearance
procedure shall be followed and the Custyoms Officials at the point of
entry/exit must examine and verify the equipment.
….UNQUOTE.

For information about operations in Namibia, contact GAC South Africa at
shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: April 04, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana
Southwest Pass dredging

Until approximately July 8, 2014, the Dredge G.D. MORGAN will be conducting
dredging of shoal material in the vicinity of Southwest Pass of the
Mississippi River.

The Dredge G.D. MORGAN will be working in the vicinity of the Mississippi
River, approximate Mile 6.0, AHOP to Southwest Pass, approximate Mile 19.5,
BHOP.

Dredged material will be transported to the bank using a combination of
floating and submerged pipeline.

Dredging will be performed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

The Dredge G.D. MORGAN will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16.

The dredge will be lighted accordingly at night.

Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to
minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been
made.

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

Source: Extract from Louisiana Maritime Association Morning Report for
Friday, April 4, 2014

DATE: April 04, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging Operations at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

or approximately six months, dredging operations will be carried out [at
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal] within the area bounded by straight lines joining
the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent
shoreline:
(A) 22º 18.365’N / 114º 12.743’E
(B) 22º 18.283’N / 114º 12.656’E
(C) 22º 18.524’N / 114º 12.393’E
(D) 22º 18.601’N / 114º 12.467’E

The works will be carried out from a flotilla of vessels including three
hopper barges, two derrick lighters, two tugs and one guard boat. The
number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to
suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each working vessel will
be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will
be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working
vessels.

The works will be carried out round-the-clock.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be
established around the lighters. The silt curtain is a large piece of
netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow marker buoys fitted with
yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in
international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.44 of 2014
dated 2 April 2014

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