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Associations, Holidays, Ports & Terminals, Strikes — By on May 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Norway, Oslo – Threatened strike could affect maritime traffic
* Nigeria, all ports – Democracy Day public holiday declared
* Yemen, all ports – Safe deposit of weapons on board
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Soil investigation work off Gul Basin

DATE: May 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Norway
PORT: Oslo
Threatened strike could affect maritime traffic

A threatened strike by municipal/communal services could affect Oslo’s
Vessel Traffic Control for maritime traffic entering/leaving the port
starting from tomorrow (27 May).

If the strike goes ahead, it will involve seven of the port’s Traffic
Control staff. However, it is expected that the remaining staff will
maintain normal, or near normal operations, from 27 to 31 May.

If the strike continues beyond the end of the month, all vessel traffic at
Oslo – including ferries and charter boats – will come to a halt.

For information about operations in Norway contact GAC Norway at
norway@gac.com

DATE: May 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: all ports
Democracy Day public holiday declared

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday (29 May) a Public
Holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration.

During the holiday, GAC Nigeria offices will be closed. Duty staff will be
monitoring communications.

Normal operations will resume on Friday 30 May.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at
nigeria@gac.com

DATE: May 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Yemen
PORT: all ports
Safe deposit of weapons on board

A fee of USD 2000 is being charged for the safe deposit of weapons on board
trading ships during entry to Yemeni ports, to be deposited 72 hours prior
to arrival.

In parallel, the Director of Operations and the National Center for
Fighting Piracy must be informed of:
• Names of persons permitted to have weapons inside the ship, their
capacity and copies of their passports;
and
• The license of the security company, its location and the number of its
protection members.

The above information is to be communicated to  the Coast Guard by the
ship’s agent prior to arrival.

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

DATE: May 26, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Soil investigation work off Gul Basin

Until 23 September, soil investigation work is underway in the West Jurong
Channel, off Gul Basin.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 74 of 2014, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays –at the following marine borehole
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
M1) 1° 17.468’N / 103° 40.412’E
M2) 1° 17.341’N / 103° 40.466’E
M3) 1° 17.215’N / 103° 40.520’E
M4) 1° 17.431’N / 103° 40.885’E
M5) 1° 17.566’N / 103° 40.861’E
M6) 1° 17.701’N / 103° 40.838’E

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

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