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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Strikes, Weather — By on June 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* France, Fos – Tug boat crew strike
* United Arab Emirates, Dubai – Ramadan 2014 working hours
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging and removal/laying of private moorings
* Australia, Port Kembla – Ship movements suspended due to strong wind
warning
* Australia, Sydney – Port Tariff to rise

DATE: June 24, 2014
COUNTRY: France
PORT: Fos
Tug boat crew strike

Tug boat service at Fos/Lavera/Marseille Port will stop at 0500 on Thursday
(26 June) due to a crew strike called by the Union CGT Port and Docks.

A general crew meeting will be held at 1300 hours on 26 June to decide
whether to resume work or extend the strike until 27 June.

For information about operations in France contact the GAC UK Hub Agency
Centre at hub.gb@gac.com

DATE: June 24, 2014
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Dubai
Ramadan 2014 working hours

During the holy month of Ramadan, the working hours for DP World UAE Region
are as below:

Commercial and Administrative Departments: 08:00 hours – 14:00 Sunday to
Thursday

Container Terminals:
Operations will continue as normal. Gate operations will continue 24 hours.

General Cargo:
Normal Shift 08:00 hours – 14:00 hours
Overtime hours:
Iftar Break 18:00 hours – 21:00 hours
Suhoor Break 03:30 hours – 04:30 hours

Container Freight Station:
Normal Shift 08:00 hours – 14:00 hours
Overtime: 1400 hours onwards

Commercial Trucking Department:
Operations will continue 24 hours

Marine Department:
Berthing and un-berthing of vessels will continue 24 hours

All services provided during overtime hours will be charged in accordance
to overtime rates as listed in the Port Tariff.

(For information about operations in Dubai contact GAC Dubai at
dubai@gac.com)

Source: DP World Circular No.Reference Number: DPW/149/2014 dated 24 June
2014]

DATE: June 24, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging and removal/laying of private moorings

For approximately three months, marine works involving dredging operations,
removal and laying of private moorings will be carried out in the following
areas in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter:

AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C):
(A) 22º 17.191’N / 114º 11.219’E
(B) 22º 17.125’N / 114º 11.131’E
(C) 22º 17.165’N / 114º 11.119’E

AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (D) to (J) and the adjacent shoreline:
(D) 22º 17.054’N / 114º 11.168’E
(E) 22º 17.117’N / 114º 11.139’ E
(F) 22º 17.141’N / 114º 11.171’ E
(G) 22º 17.094’N / 114º 11.217’ E
(H) 22º 17.087’N / 114º 11.198’ E
(I) 22º 17.075’N / 114º 11.201’ E
(J) 22º 17.064’N / 114º 11.224’ E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger and one hopper barge.
Some tugs and guard boats will provide assistance. The number of vessels
engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational
requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each working vessel will
be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will
be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working
vessels.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be
established around the dredger. The silt curtain is a large piece of
netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with
yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the
works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in
international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.84 of 2014
dated 23 JUne 2014

DATE: June 24, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Ship movements suspended due to strong wind warning

Ship movements at Port Kembla have been suspended until further notice, in
light of strong winds forecast today and tomorrow (24 & 25 June).

Efforts will be made to minimise delays to all shipping movements, and the
shipping condition will be re-assessed at 0600 tomorrow morning (25 June).

For the forecast, go to:
http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/illawarracoast.shtml

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

DATE: June 24, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Sydney
Port Tariff to rise

A Port Tariff increase will come into effect for New South Wales ports
covering Sydney (Gore Bay, Port Botany and Kurnell) from 1 August.

Sydney Ports has determined that an increase in Statutory Charges of 9.64%
is required (for Navigation Services, Pilotage and Site Occupation for
Non-Passenger Vessels) for all commercial ships and related cargo arriving
in the port.

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

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“Jo”

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