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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on April 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Yemen, all ports – Incident in Bab El Mandeb
* Singapore, Singapore – Revision of reclamation works
* Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation work at Gul Basin
* Brazil, Rio De Janeiro – Pilot traiff to rise

DATE: April 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Yemen
PORT: all ports
Incident in Bab El Mandeb

The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) has advised that
on or about 1230 UTC on 14 April, the Master of an oil tanker reported
being approached by a white-blue skiff in position 12.25.00 North –
043.43.00 East, in the Bab El Mandeb (BAM).

Reportedly seven pirates were on the skiff armed with an RPG moved toward
the oil tanker.

Procedures IAW BMP4 were conducted including sounding the alarm and
activating fire hoses. The armed security team (AST) noticed a ladder on
the skiff and it moved away when the AST showed their weapons. Source IMB.

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

MARLO can be contacted at: marlo.bahrain@me.navy.mil phone: +973-3940-1395

For information about operations in the Middle East contact the GAC Dubai
Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com

DATE: April 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Revision of reclamation works

The working period for reclamation works at Pasir Panjang Terminal and
Pasir Panjang Wharves has been revised. The works will now be carried out
from 21 April to 20 May.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 53 of 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the two working areas bounded
by the following co-ordinates:
1) 1° 16.774’N / 103° 46.645’E
2) 1° 16.662’N / 103° 46.579’E
3) 1° 16.620’N / 103° 46.649E
(PKHV4 / Yellow Pillar / Fl (2) Y.4S)
4) 1° 16.472’N / 103° 46.748’E
(PKHV1 / Yellow Pillar / Fl (2) Y.2S)
5) 1° 16.255’N / 103° 46.777’E
(PKHV2 / Yellow Pillar / Fl (2)Y. 4S)
6) 1° 16.228’N / 103° 46.823’E
7) 1° 15.872’N / 103° 46.613’E
(PKHV6 / Yellow Pillar / Fl Y.2S)
8) 1° 15.513’N / 103° 46.566’E
(PKHV11 / Yellow Pillar / Fl(2) Y.4S)
9) 1° 15.326’N / 103° 46.878’E
(PKHV10 / Yellow Pillar / Fl(2) Y.8S)
10) 1° 15.138’N / 103° 47.190’E
(PKHV9 / Yellow Pillar / Fl Y.2S)
11) 1° 15.308’N / 103° 47.290’E
12) 1° 15.266’N / 103° 47.360’E
13) 1° 15.320’N / 103° 47.433’E
(PKHV8 / Red Can / Fl R. 4S)
14) 1° 15.688’N / 103° 47.748’E
(PKHV7 / Red Can / Fl R. 2S)
15) 1° 15.946’N / 103° 47.768’E
(PKHV13 / Red Can / Fl R. 6S)
16) 1° 16.030’N / 103° 47.694’E
(PKHV3 / Red Can / Fl R. 8S)
17) 1° 16.153’N / 103° 47.663’E
(PKHV5 / Red Can / Fl(2) R. 5S)
18) 1° 16.278’N / 103° 47.737’E
19) 1° 16.321’N / 103° 47.665’E
20) 1° 16.307’N / 103° 47.640’E
21) 1° 16.211’N / 103° 47.583’E
22) 1° 16.020’N / 103° 47.774’E
23) 1° 15.955’N / 103° 47.884’E
24) 1° 15.793’N / 103° 47.861’E
25) 1° 15.665’N / 103° 47.786’E
26) 1° 15.688’N / 103° 47.748’E

Note: Temporary markers/buoys listed above will be in place for the
duration of the project.

Work will include reclamation, dredging, soil investigation, caisson
construction, demolition of the de-commissioned Pasir Panjang wharves,
removal of submarine cables and pipelines, and construction of container
berth.

Dredging work will be carried out by dredgers attended to by tug boats.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn
other craft and vessels of the work.

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 clear and not to enter the working area;
(b) maintain a proper look-out;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control);
and
(e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for
assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Soil investigation work at Gul Basin

From 21 April to 20 August, soil investigation works will be carried out at
in the Gul Basin at the following marine borehole coordinates:
MBH-1) 1° 18.357’N / 103° 40.345’E
MBH-2) 1° 18.373’N / 103° 40.298’E

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 52 of 2014, the works are being carried out from 0700 to 2400
hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays.

Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling
using jack-up barges. One jack-up barge will be working on only one
borehole at a time.

The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular
safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats
will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas to warn
other craft of the project work.

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 22 (West Jurong Control);
and
(e) communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance,
if required.

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

DATE: April 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: Rio De Janeiro
Pilot traiff to rise

The Rio de Janeiro state pilot tariff will increase by 5.62% from 1 May
2014. The new tariff will be valid for one year.

According to local agency union, pilots had initially requested an increase
of 7.00%.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at
shipping.brazil@gac.com

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