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Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Yachting — By on April 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* India, New Mangalore – Port traffic up 6.29% in 2013-14
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Salvage of wreck
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines
* Australia, all ports – Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita (Category 5)

DATE: April 11, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: New Mangalore
Port traffic up 6.29% in 2013-14

New Mangalore Port recorded growth of 6.29% in cargo handling during the
financial year 2013-14.

The port handled 39.36 Million Tons (MT) of traffic, compared to 37.03 MT
in 2012-13.
14.94 MT (up from 14.21 MT) was imported crude oil for the Mangalore
Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. Coal, another major import commodity for
the port, contributed 8.34 MT (up 6.91 MT) to the total cargo handled.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at
india@gac.com

DATE: April 11, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Salvage of wreck

For approximately 2 months, salvage operations to remove a wreck will be
carried out [at Tung Wan Tsai, Cheung Chau] within an area bounded by
straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) and the
adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22° 13.152’N / 114° 01.993’E
(B) 22° 13.152’N / 114° 02.225’E
(C) 22° 13.252’N / 114° 02.225’E
(D) 22° 13.252’N / 114° 02.125’E

The works will be carried out from 0800 hours to 1800 hours daily by a
group of vessels comprising of two floating crane barges, one tug, two
derrick barges and two work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the
works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

Vessels engaged in the works will remain in the working area and display
signals as prescribed in international and local regulations. Yellow marker
buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions
of the anchors extending from the barges.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the works.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep
well clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the
area.

(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.51 of 2014

DATE: April 11, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Yacht Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines

A yacht race from Hong Kong to the Philippines will take place from 16
April 2014 (Wednesday) to 21 April 2014 (Monday). About 34 yachts are
expected to participate in the race.

The race will commence on 16 April 2014 (Wednesday) at 1320 hours off the
Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter. It will follow a route through the eastern
harbour and Tathong Channel to the east of Waglan Island, thence to the
Philippines.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the
vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical
consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is
mandatory.

(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.50 of 2014

DATE: April 11, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita (Category 5)

At 3:00pm today (11 April) EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was
about 130km N-NE of Cooktown and 290km N of Cairns, and moving S-SW at 14km
per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, poses a serious threat to
communities along the far north Queensland coast. It is expected to
continue to move in a general S-SW direction and make landfall between Cape
Melville and Cooktown this evening or tonight as a CATEGORY 5 Tropical
Cyclone with VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS to 300km per hour near the core and
GALES extending out to 200km from the centre.

The cyclone is expected to weaken over land overnight, however, there
remains the possibility that Ita could track southwards close to the coast
tonight and maintain cyclone intensity for longer into Saturday. Should
this occur destructive winds with wind gusts to 150km per hour are possible
at Port Douglas and Cairns during Saturday.

Port situation as of 1500 hours is as follows:

CAIRNS:
Blue Alert – no major shipping.

CAPE FLATTERY:
Red Alert – port is closed.

COOKTOWN:
Red Alert – port is closed.

MOURILYAN:
Blue Alert – precautions in place.

KARUMBA:
Normal operations.

THURSDAY ISLAND:
Normal operations.

HAY POINT/DALRYMPLE BAY/MACKAY ANCHORAGES:
All ships presently at anchorages have been advised to prepare for possible
severe weather in the next few days. In preparation for this, ships at
anchor are advised to ballast down and pay out more cable to hold the ship
in position and be in readiness to leave the port at short notice, as
directed by the Regional Harbour Master.

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

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“Jo”

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