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Ports & Terminals, Strikes — By on May 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* India, Mumbai – Storm gate closure
* Thailand, all ports – Ports operating during curfew hours
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Upgrading of Jurong Terminal Berths
* Australia, Port Hedland – Tugboat strike threat averted
* Australia, Melbourne – Berth priority during port capacity project

DATE: May 23, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Mumbai
Storm gate closure

From 1 June 2014 to 11 September 2014, due to repairs to the outer lock
gate, there will be no shipping operations inside Indira Dock Basin during
night and the storm will remain closed at night.

During the day, the storm gate will not be operated. Shipping movements
will occur approximately 3 hours before highwater to top of highwater,
depending upon the prevailing tidal and weather conditions.

(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 23, 2014
COUNTRY: Thailand
PORT: all ports
Ports operating during curfew hours

All ports in Thailand are operating as normal during the nationwide curfew
that was introduced yesterday (22 May). Individuals may not leave the port
compounds during the curfew period from 22:00 to 05:00 hours daily.

The following are exempt from the curfew restrictions:
– Travelers entering or exiting the country.
– Workers on shift duties at factories, hospitals, airlines, etc.
– Transportation of sensitive goods, cold storage factory, import & export
of short life cycle and sensitive products.
– Individuals conducting essential business, such as patients – such
persons must obtain permission from the military authority in charge of the
respective area(s).

Any operations that meet the above exception criteria will continue as
normal.

However, there may be some delays or disruption to operations in general as
a result of the current situation in Thailand.

The curfew will remain in force until further notice.

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

DATE: May 23, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Upgrading of Jurong Terminal Berths

From 23 May to 22 November, works are underway to upgrade Jurong Terminal
Berth J10 & J11.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 72 of 2014 dated 21 May 2014, the works will be conducted 24
hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area
bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 01° 18.504’N / 103° 42.951’E
B) 01° 18.471’N / 103° 42.923’E
C) 01° 18.406’N / 103° 43.000’E
D) 01° 18.439’N / 103° 43.028’E

Upgrading works will entail dredging, shore protection work, demolition and
reconstruction of berth J10 & J11.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the
construction works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.

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 & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 25;
and
(e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF 25 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: May 23, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Hedland
Tugboat strike threat averted

The threat of a strike by tugboat workers at Port Hedland has been averted,
after the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said no industrial action would
be taken until late June at the earliest.

Tugboat workers aligned to the union had been threatening to bring Port
Hedland to a halt over a dispute over wages and annual leave entitlements.
Yesterday (22 May), the MUA agreed to suspend taking industrial action for
a 30-day period.

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

DATE: May 23, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Melbourne
Berth priority during port capacity project

Amalgamated Australian Terminals (AAT) has published berth priority
arrangements for Webb Dock West Berth 2 and Appleton Dock Berths 1&2 during
the Port of Melbourne Corporation Port Capacity Project.

The arrangements have been agreed by the Port of Melbourne Corporation &
AAT, and will come into effect with the closure of Webb Dock East from 18
June 2014.

For details of the arrangements and information about operations in
Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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