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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Strikes — By on June 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Canada, Vancouver – Possible tug strike
* India, Paradip – Enhancement of draft at berths for August
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Reclamation at Pasir Panjang Terminal & wharves
* Indonesia, all ports – Hijacked tanker found, crew unharmed

DATE: June 03, 2014
COUNTRY: Canada
PORT: Vancouver
Possible tug strike

Unions representing members working for Seaspan, one of the two tug
companies serving the port of Vancouver, are meeting today and tomorrow (3
& 4 June) to vote on whether to take strike action.

If the vote – expected 4 June at the earliest – is in favour of strike
action, the same can begin 72 hours after notice is served, namely Saturday
7 June.

In case of strike, the other tug company Smit Tug will handle vessel
operations in Vancouver Harbour with some delays. They will not, however,
be able to handle coal vessel loading at Westshore Temrinal in Roberts
Bank.

(For information about operations in Canada contact the GAC Houston Hub
Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Mason Agency, Vancouver – GAC agent

DATE: June 03, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Paradip
Enhancement of draft at berths for August

The draft at following berths are hereby temporarily enhanced as follows
for the month of August 2014 considering prevailing weather and tidal
conditions:

Berth: SQ
– 0000 hours on 1 Aug to 2400 hours on 10 Aug & 0000 hours on 15 Aug to
2400 hours on 31 Aug: 13.00 metres

Berth: EQ-I
– 0000 hours on 1 Aug to 2400 hours on 10 Aug & 0000 hours on 15 Aug to
2400 hours on 31 Aug: 11.50 metres

Berth: EQ-II
– 0000 hours on 1 Aug to 2400 hours on 10 Aug & 0000 hours on 15 Aug to
2400 hours on 31 Aug: 12.00 metres

Berth: EQ-III
– 0000 hours on 1 Aug to 2400 hours on 10 Aug & 0000 hours on 15 Aug to
2400 hours on 31 Aug: 12.50 metres

Berth: CQ-I
– 0000 hours on 1 Aug to 2400 hours on 8 Aug, 0000 hours on 16 Aug to 2400
hours on 25 Aug & 0000 hours on 30 Aug to 2400 hours on 31 Aug: 14.70
metres

Berth: CQ-II
– 0000 hours on 1 Aug to 2400 hours on 10 Aug & 0000 hours on 15 Aug to
2400 hours on 312 Aug: 13.00 metres

The above notice is purely temporary and can be withdrawn at any time
without prior information due to sudden change in weather condition.

Draft for other days for above berths and draft for other berths shall
remain as per the original notification No.:MD/SHS/TECH-26/2013/771
Dt.17.04.2013.

In addition to the above, vessels with beam size upto 38.00 Mtrs. may also
be accepted for berthing at CQ-1, SQ, EQ-1, EQ-2, IOB & CB-1 at permissible
LOA & draft for the berth during favourable weather conditions.

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

Source: Paradip Port Trust Marine Department Notice
No.:MD/SHS/TECH-26/2012(Vol.I) dated 3 June 2014

DATE: June 03, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Reclamation at Pasir Panjang Terminal & wharves

Reclamation work is underway at the Pasir Panjang Terminal and wharves. The
work will continue until 30 Novemnber.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.78, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including
Sundays & Public Holidays – within the two working areas bounded by the
following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Working Area 18
1) 1 deg. 16.774’N / 103 deg. 46.645’E
2) 1 deg. 16.662’N / 103 deg. 46.579’E
3) 1 deg. 16.533’N / 103 deg. 46.794’E
(PKHV4 / Yellow Pillar / FI(2) Y .4S)
4) 1 deg. 16.449’N / 103 deg. 46.744’E
(PKHV1 / Yellow Pillar / FI(2) Y .2S)
5) 1 deg. 16.338’N / 103 deg. 46.930’E
(PKHV2 / Yellow Pillar / FI(2) Y .4S)
6) 1 deg. 16.226’N / 103 deg. 47.115’E
7) 1 deg. 15.551’N / 103 deg. 46.714’E
8) 1 deg. 15.458’N / 103 deg. 46.659’E
(PKHV11 / Yellow Pillar / FI(2) Y .4S
9) 1 deg. 15.298’N / 103 deg. 46.925’E
(PKHV10 / Yellow Pillar / FI(2) Y .8S)
10) 1 deg. 15.138’N / 103 deg. 47.190’E
(PKHV9 / Yellow Pillar / FI Y .2S)
11) 1 deg. 15.308’N / 103 deg. 47.290’E
12) 1 deg. 15.266’N / 103 deg. 47.360’E
13) 1 deg. 15.320’N / 103 deg. 47.433’E
(PKHV8 / Red Can / FI R .4S)
14) 1 deg. 15.665’N / 103 deg. 47.638’E
(PKHV7 / Red Can / FI R .2S)
15) 1 deg. 15.895’N / 103 deg. 47.656’E
16) 1 deg. 15.976’N / 103 deg. 47.662’E
(PKHV13 / Red Can / FI R .6S)
17) 1 deg. 16.030’N / 103 deg. 47.694’E
(PKHV3 / Red Can / FI R .8S)
18) 1 deg. 16.153’N / 103 deg. 47.663’E
(PKHV5 / Red Can / FI(2) R .5S)
19) 1 deg. 16.278’N / 103 deg. 47.737’E
20) 1 deg. 16.321’N / 103 deg. 47.665’E
21) 1 deg. 16.307’N / 103 deg. 47.640’E
22) 1 deg. 16.211’N / 103 deg. 47.583’E
23) 1 deg. 15.890’N / 103 deg. 47.718’E
24) 1 deg. 15.786’N / 103 deg. 47.710’E

Note: Temporary markers/buoys as listed in the table 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.

When in the vicinity of the working area, 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: June 03, 2014
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: all ports
Hijacked tanker found, crew unharmed

A hijacked oil tanker which was reported missing off Indonesia last week
has been found, according to the Thai Royal Navy.

It has been confirmed that pirates hijacked the vessel. The crew has not
been harmed.

The tanker was attacked by a group of armed men while en route from
Singapore to Pontianak on Kalimantan with 14 seafarers aboard. Upon
boarding the ship, the pirates destroyed all communication equipment and
took control of the vessel. Most of its cargo of 3 million litres of diesel
was stolen, leaving enough fuel for the ship to return safely to the shore.
An investigation into the incident is underway.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Anchika GAC
Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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