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Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on April 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* France, Lavera – Planned berth maintenance
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine site investigation in typhoon shelter
* Australia, all ports – Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita: Weather alert

DATE: April 10, 2014
COUNTRY: France
PORT: Lavera
Planned berth maintenance

Berth H bis at Lavera will out of service for maintenance works from 0730
hours local time on 14 April through to 1700 hours local time on 25 April.

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

DATE: April 10, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine site investigation in typhoon shelter

For approximately nine months, marine site investigation works involving
drilling of boreholes will be carried out [in Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter and
off Cha Kwo Ling] in the following areas:

AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.870’N / 114 deg. 12.742’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.427’N / 114 deg. 13.147’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.411’N / 114 deg. 13.120’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.357’N / 114 deg. 13.180’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.317’N / 114 deg. 13.120’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.815’N / 114 deg. 12.685’E

AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (G) to (M) and the adjacent shoreline:
(G) 22 deg. 18.122’N / 114 deg. 13.564’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.095’N / 114 deg. 13.506’E
(I) 22 deg. 18.177’N / 114 deg. 13.269’E
(J) 22 deg. 18.304誰 / 114 deg. 13.121’E
(K) 22 deg. 18.349’N / 114 deg. 13.190’E
(L) 22 deg. 18.249’N / 114 deg. 13.325’E
(M) 22 deg. 18.200’N / 114 deg. 13.462’E

The works will be carried out by three flat top barges and one jack-up
platform. Some tugs and guard boats will provide assistance.

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

A working area of approximately 30 metres around the jack-up platform will
be established. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four
corners of the jack-up platform to indicate the position of the platform.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will
stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

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.46 of 2014

DATE: April 10, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita: Weather alert

A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal areas from Cape Grenville to
Cape Tribulation. A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal areas from
Cape Tribulation to Cairns, extending up to 300 km inland to areas
including Kalinga, Laura, Palmerville, and Chillagoe.

At 7:00 am EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 3, was estimated to be
555 km east-northeast of Lockhart River and 525 kilometres northeast of
Cooktown, and moving west southwest at 13 km per hour.

SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE ITA, CATEGORY 3, is expected to turn in a more
west-south westward direction today and continue moving towards the far
north Queensland coast, while intensifying.

Based on above would anticipate little impact for the coal terminals from
the actual cyclone. There may possibly see some adverse weather effects
when the cyclone approaches and crosses the coast. Would not expect any
damage to the terminals however we may see loading suspended for a period
due to weather and heavy rainfall along the southern coastal and inland
areas that may also affect the mines.

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

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“Jo”

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