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Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on May 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* India, Mumbai – Monsoon season: availability of anchorages
* India, Mumbai – Cold moves during monsoon season
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Jetty construction off Stolthaven Terminal
* Thailand, all ports – Operations unaffected by declaration of martial law
* Australia, Mackay – Vessels with wire mooring lines

DATE: May 21, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Mumbai
Monsoon season: availability of anchorages

The foul weather season has been declared from 25 May to 31 August. During
this period, the anchorage area of the [Mumbai] inner harbour is restricted
to a line, which is normally north of the Sunk Rock Light House position.
Hence, the number of anchorages that can be utilized would be restricted
due to non-availability of anchorages to the south of this line.

There is a possibility that A-3 anchorage also may not be available.

Mumbai Port Trust will try and accommodate as many vessels as possible but
may have to deny anchorage facilities due to non-availability of anchorage
berths. The cargo working anchorage berths will be allotted on a
first-come-first-serve basis, while other anchorages will be allotted for
short periods only for those vessels also on a first-come-first-serve
basis, which have specific work at Mumbai. Vessels which have got no
employment will not be accorded to “lay up anchorage” and hence are
strongly exhorted to find monsoon shelter elsewhere.

Smalls tugs, barges and other small vessels, which are covered under the
Inland Water Act are also advised to seek shelter in minor ports in
consultation with MMB. These vessels which are anchored in the inner Mumbai
Harbour will have to ensure thay they are in a port-worthy condition,
manned under the ISM code of safe manning and have the engines in proper
working condition besides having all the statutory certificates and
insurance valid.

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

Source: Mumbai Port Trust circular

DATE: May 21, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Mumbai
Cold moves during monsoon season

No “Cold Moves” (movements of dumb barges), which require the services of
port pilots and tugs will be allowed [at Mumbai] during the monsoon period.

The only exception would be when there is a definite ‘lull’ during which
period the port and harbour experiences flat calm sea an no rain for small
dumb barges and small crafts only. No ships will move as COLD MOVE during
monsoon months from 01.06.2014 to 15.09.2014.

The Chart datums are provided to one and all every month and the regular
updates of maximum drafts allowed is made continually at the O.G. meetings.
These declarations are to be treated as official. Deviation may be
considered on merit taking into account ship size, weather conditions,
tidal conditions, ship’s performance and equipment for speedy discharge.

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

Source: Mumbai Port Trust Marine Department Shipping Circular dated 19 May
2014

DATE: May 21, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Jetty construction off Stolthaven Terminal

The working period for jetty construction work at Jurong Island, off
Stolthaven Terminal, has been extended. The work is now continuing until 30
September 2014.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 71 of 2014 dated 21 May 2014, the works are being conducted 24
hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area
bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 1 deg. 16.518’N / 103 deg. 39.759’E
B) 1 deg. 16.413’N / 103 deg. 39.611’E
C) 1 deg. 16.495’N / 103 deg. 39.554’E
D) 1 deg. 16.578’N / 103 deg. 39.717’E

Construction of the proposed Jetty 2 will be carried out by piling barges,
crane barges and working barges with the support of tug boats. The tug
boats will also serve as safety boats.

Piling barges and crane barges will be held in position by four anchors.

Compression load test will be carried out by the means of statnamic test
followed by tension test.

Piling work will be carried out using piling barge. This is followed by
steel and concrete work. The last sequence will be the installation of
fendering and mooring facilities.

All craft and equipment will be demobilized from the working area after
completion of works.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and
international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
(a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
(b) Maintain a proper lookout;
(c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
(e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: May 21, 2014
COUNTRY: Thailand
PORT: all ports
Operations unaffected by declaration of martial law

Despite the declaration of martial law by the Royal Thai Army yesterday (20
May), there is currently no impact on shipping and logistics services
provided by GAC Thailand. Until further notice the company continues to
operate as normal.

The situation will be monitored and any updates on the situation and the
possible impact on shipping or logistics will be advised as soon as
possible.

For information about operations in Thailand contact GAC Thailand at
shipping.thailand@gac.com

DATE: May 21, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Mackay
Vessels with wire mooring lines

North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP), the port authority for Mackay Harbour,
has announced that vessels with wire mooring lines will no longer be
accepted at the port from 1 August 2014.

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

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