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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on April 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – Report reveals lowest 1st quarter piracy figures since 2007
* Australia, all ports – Proposed Quarantine Fees increase
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 24/04/2014

DATE: April 24, 2014
COUNTRY: Worldwide
Report reveals lowest 1st quarter piracy figures since 2007

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest first-quarter
level since 2007, but warns that the threat is still present.

The latest IMB Piracy Report, published today (24 April), shows 49 piracy
incidents in the first quarter of 2014 – the lowest first quarter figure
since 2007, when 41 incidents were recorded.

In the first three months, two vessels were hijacked, 37 vessels boarded,
five vessels fired upon and five attempted attacks were reported. Forty-six
crewmembers were taken hostage and two kidnapped from their vessel.

Off Somalia, five incidents were reported – the same number as the first
quarter of 2013. In 2014, three attempted attacks were recorded and two
vessels fired upon…

…The report cites the example of an incident in January 2014 when a
Panamax sized product tanker was fired upon approximately 115NM south of
Salalah, Oman from a skiff launched from a mother vessel. The attack was
repelled and the international navies subsequently intercepted the mother
ship – an Indian dhow which itself had been hijacked a few days previously.
Eleven Indian crewmembers were freed and five suspected pirates
apprehended. This incident demonstrates the essential role of the
international navies in containing the threat of Somali piracy and why
their presence must be maintained despite the drop in attacks…

…Off West Africa, 12 reports were recorded including the hijacking of two
vessels with 39 crew taken hostage and two crew kidnapped from their
vessel. Nigeria accounts for six incidents including the hijacking of a
supply vessel, which was used unsuccessfully to hunt for other potential
vessels to hijack… …Angola saw its first reported hijacking in the
first quarter of 2014 demonstrating the increased range and capability of
Nigerian piracy if left unchecked. The incident involved armed pirates
boarding and hijacking a loaded tanker from Luanda anchorage, Angola. The
pirates stole a large quantity of the tanker’s gas oil cargo in three
separate STS operations. The vessel was under the control of suspected
Nigerian pirates for over a week before the owner regained contact, off
Nigeria, approximately 1200 NM from the initial boarding. One crewmember
was injured during the incident.

Elsewhere, Indonesia ranks as the country with the highest number of
attacks with 18 reports compared with 25 in the first quarter of 2013.
Vessels were boarded in all the incidents. Whilst these are predominantly
low level thefts from vessels seven crewmembers were taken hostage in five
incidents, while in four incidents it was reported that the robbers were
armed with guns. The report commends the actions of the Indonesian Marine
Police which launched regular patrols of the higher risk anchorages in an
effort to bring down the number of incidents…

(For information about operations worldwide contact the respective GAC
office. Contact details may be found in the “GAC Worldwide” section of
www.gac.com)

Source: Extracts from International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) press
briefing dated 24 April 2014

DATE: April 24, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Proposed Quarantine Fees increase

Australia’s Department of Agriculture is undertaking a review of five
biosecurity cost recovered arrangements which will result in some fee
adjustments commencing 1 July 2014.

The short term review is necessary to return the Department’s cost recovery
arrangements to a sustainable footing and to ensure continued compliance
with the government’s guidelines. Arrangements currently under review
include the Seaports Program.

For further details and full tariff schedules, or information about
operationsd at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: April 24, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 24/04/2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 24/04/2014

                        180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO

Aberdeen                0         0         556.00      0

Aden                    730.00    0         1, 115.00    0

Alexandria              760.00    0         1, 175.00    0

Amsterdam               604.00    581.00    890.00      0

Antwerp                 605.00    576.00    862.00      0

Aqaba                   0         697.00    1, 030.00    0

Bahrain                 0         0         1, 064.00    0

Bergen                  688.00    662.00    950.00      0

Busan                   632.00    605.00    935.00      925.00

Cape Town               644.00    0         970.00      0

Colombo                 648.00    630.00    990.00      0

Dubai                   630.00    610.00    885.00      0

Durban                  618.00    0         1, 045.00    0

Fujairah                605.00    598.00    990.00      0

Gibraltar               699.50    660.50    958.50      0

Grangemouth             0         0         575.00      0

Hong Kong               617.00    608.50    943.50      0

Houston                 645.00    575.00    945.00      0

Istanbul                633.50    605.50    970.50      0

Jeddah                  710.00    680.00    1, 090.00    0

Kaohsiung               660.00    649.00    1, 075.00    1, 060.00

Kuwait                  616.00    605.00    988.00      0

Leith                   0         0         575.00      0

Lerwick                 0         0         575.00      0

Malta                   726.50    699.50    929.50      0

Mersey                  0         0         560.00      0

Mumbai                  621.00    607.50    1, 079.50    0

New York & New Jersey   645.00    590.00    1, 015.00    0

Panama                  675.00    595.00    1, 040.00    0

Piraeus                 715.50    695.50    945.50      0

Port Louis              695.00    0         1, 032.00    0

Port Said               760.00    680.00    1, 075.00    0

Qatar                   0         0         920.00      0

Richards Bay            628.00    0         1, 055.00    0

Rio de Janeiro          0         0         974.00      0

Rotterdam               604.00    574.00    862.00      0

Salalah                 695.00    645.00    1, 120.00    0

Shanghai                642.50    615.50    1, 078.50    0

Sharjah                 630.00    610.00    885.00      0

Singapore               610.00    588.00    910.00      0

Sohar                   0         629.00    1, 020.00    0

St Petersburg           530.50    510.50    0           0

Stavanger               0         0         966.00      0

Suez                    700.00    675.00    1, 075.00    0

Sunderland              0         0         580.00      0

Thames                  0         0         574.00      0

Walvis Bay              710.00    0         1, 049.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE    0         645.00    992.00      0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.

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