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Bunkering, Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Strikes — By on June 4, 2014 at 7:06 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Canada, Vancouver – Possible tug strike (Update: 4 June 2014)
* India, Kandla – Exemption from priority berth hire charges
* Australia, all ports – Pilotage & conservancy fees to increase
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Yacht races in the Bosphorus
* Panama, Panama Canal – 2014 Safe Boarding Week
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 04/06/14

DATE: June 04, 2014
COUNTRY: Canada
PORT: Vancouver
Possible tug strike (Update: 4 June 2014)

Following discussions, tug company Seaspan has announced that they have
signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the GUILD union, agreeing to
enter federal mediation/arbitration with regards to collective agreement
negotiation.

As per the MOA, Seaspan will defer implementation of their own Term of
Agreement and the union, whose members will meet on 4 June to discuss a
strike vote have agreed not to go on strike.

The Federal Labour Minister will remain engaged in discussions with
Seaspan’s other labour union, the International Longshore and Warehouse
Union (ILWU) in regards to the collective agreement negotiation with
Seaspan.

(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 04, 2014
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Kandla
Exemption from priority berth hire charges

Kandla Port Trust has acceded to the request of the Fertlizer
Companies/Fertilizer Association of India to exempt vessels arriving in
Kandla carrying fertilizer cargo from the payment of priority berth hire
charges specified at Note No.(7) of General Notes relating to Schedules 3.1
to 3.5 of the current Scale of Rates.

This is with a view to arrest the declining trend of fertilizer traffic,
attraxct additional fertilizer traffic and bring down the cost of
fertilizer handling at the port.

This exemption shall be valid until 31 March 2015 and is effective from 23
May 2014.

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

DATE: June 04, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
Pilotage & conservancy fees to increase

A general fee increase of 3.5% will apply to pilotage fees, pilotage delay
fees and pilotage cancellation fees for all ships visiting Queensland ports
from 1 July 2014.

Conservancy charges will also increase from 1 July 2014, as follows:

For a ship on an interstate voyage, for each gross ton or part of a gross
ton:
(i) 500GT or less – 12.7c
(ii) more than 500GT – 20.8c
For any other ship, for each gross ton or pa
rt of a gross ton – 20.8c

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

DATE: June 04, 2014
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: Turkish Straits
Yacht races in the Bosphorus

Transits in the Bosphorus will be restricted for Turkish and
foreign-flagged vessels between 11:30 and 16:30 hours this Saturday (7
June) due to yacht races.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC
Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

DATE: June 04, 2014
COUNTRY: Panama
PORT: Panama Canal
2014 Safe Boarding Week

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will hold its Annual “Safe Boarding Week”
from July 7-11, 2014. During this period, the ACP will emphasize and
encourage safe boarding practices on all vessels arriving at the waterway.

“Safe Boarding Week” activities will involve inspections of boarding
facilities by teams representing groups who normally board vessels, such as
canal port captains, pilots, transit vessel inspectors, chemists and
emergency response personnel, admeasurers, deckhands, as well as shipping
agents.

As in the past, the ACP will continue promoting preventive measures to be
taken in order to avoid the tripping hazard created by the retrieving line
attached to the pilot ladder, as well as the excess portion of the pilot
ladders, which is very often laid out on deck. The ACP suggests a box-like
structure be placed over the excess portion of the ladder that may be
encountered at the mebarkation point on deck. This will provide for a flat,
no-slippey syrface as persons transfer from the ladder to the deck of the
vessel. This structure may be permanent or constructed so that it is
lightweight and portable, allowing for it to be used only as the situation
warrants.

Vessels at both Cristobal and Balboa achorages will be boarded to inspect
their boarding facility arrangements. Those vessels deserving special
recognition for excellence will be presented with plaques that will be
delivered immediately after the inspection. Vessels with boarding
fsacilities determined to be below accepted standards will have to correct
the deficiencies prior to transit.

(For information about oeprations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at
gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-13-2014 dated 2
June 2014

DATE: June 04, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 04/06/14

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 04/06/14

                        180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO

Aberdeen                0         0         554.00      0

Aden                    735.00    676.00    1, 100.00    0

Alexandria              760.00    655.00    1, 175.00    0

Amsterdam               610.00    580.00    870.00      0

Antwerp                 610.00    580.00    850.00      0

Aqaba                   0         715.00    1, 040.00    0

Bahrain                 0         0         1, 035.00    0

Bergen                  700.00    678.00    915.00      0

Busan                   645.00    618.00    944.00      935.00

Cape Town               658.00    0         945.00      0

Colombo                 670.00    660.00    1, 030.00    0

Dubai                   633.00    620.00    880.00      0

Durban                  619.00    0         1, 045.00    0

Fujairah                615.00    610.00    980.00      0

Gibraltar               709.00    678.00    938.00      0

Grangemouth             0         0         562.00      0

Hong Kong               628.00    615.00    915.00      0

Houston                 680.00    596.00    992.00      0

Istanbul                648.00    617.00    950.00      0

Jeddah                  732.00    671.00    1, 075.00    0

Kaohsiung               655.00    635.00    1, 025.00    1, 010.00

Kuwait                  0         626.00    1, 055.00    0

Leith                   0         0         560.00      0

Lerwick                 0         0         570.00      0

Malta                   742.00    715.00    900.00      0

Mersey                  0         0         566.00      0

Mumbai                  634.00    621.00    1, 082.00    0

New York & New Jersey   677.00    620.00    1, 000.00    0

Panama                  687.00    598.00    1, 028.00    0

Piraeus                 732.00    704.00    920.00      0

Port Louis              695.00    0         1, 030.00    0

Port Said               760.00    665.00    1, 075.00    0

Qatar                   0         0         925.00      0

Richards Bay            629.00    0         1, 055.00    0

Rio de Janeiro          618.00    595.00    968.00      0

Rotterdam               592.00    580.00    865.00      0

Salalah                 708.00    655.00    1, 120.00    0

Shanghai                650.00    625.00    1, 050.00    0

Sharjah                 633.00    620.00    880.00      0

Singapore               625.00    608.00    912.00      0

Sohar                   0         620.00    1, 020.00    0

St Petersburg           520.00    430.00    864.00      0

Stavanger               0         0         930.00      0

Suez                    750.00    665.00    1, 080.00    0

Sunderland              0         0         559.00      0

Thames                  0         0         571.00      0

Walvis Bay              691.00    0         1, 055.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE    0         677.00    1, 015.00    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.

The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices
should be approached directly for firm prices.

Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com
Europe: bunker.gb@gac.com
Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas: bunker.us@gac.com
Asia Pacific: bunker.sg@gac.com
Indian Subcontinent: bunker.sl@gac.com

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting
HPN for more information or with your bunker enquiry.

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global Shipping, Logistics and Marine industries.

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