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Holidays, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on June 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Nigeria, all ports – Review of Sea Protection Levy
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – Locks closed for emergency repairs
* United States, all ports – Customs issue guidelines in case of West Coast disruption
* Indonesia, Samarinda – Stevedores’ holiday for election
* Australia, Bunbury – New coal export facility approved
* Australia, all ports – NSW ports amalgamation

DATE: June 27, 2014
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: all ports
Review of Sea Protection Levy

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has advised that the
Marine Environmental Management Sea Protection Levy will be changed with
effect from 1 July 2014.

The new schedule for calculating the levy is as follows:

FOREIGN VESSELS
100-1000MT
– Current rate per call: $0.10/GT
– New rate per call: $0.15/GT
1001-10000MT
– Current rate per call: $0.15/GT
– New rate per call: $0.25/GT
10001-10000MT
– Current rate per call: $0.20/GT
– New rate per call: $0.30/GT
100000MT & ABOVE
– Current rate per call: $0.30/GT
– New rate per call: $0.30/GT

NIGERIAN VESSELS
100-1000MT
– Levy per annum: N500.00/GT
1001-10000MT
– Levy per annum: N350.00/GT
10001-10000MT
– Levy per annum: N300.00/GT
100000MT & ABOVE
– Levy per annum: N250.00/GT

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

DATE: June 27, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana
Locks closed for emergency repairs

Harvey Lock, located at Mile 0 on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, was
closed to navigation yesterday (June 26) for emergency repairs to lock gate
machinery.

This closure is expected to last for 2-4 days. The Algiers route may be
used as an alternate.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: June 27, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
Customs issue guidelines in case of West Coast disruption

With the current contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse
Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expiring at
midnight on Monday (30 July), U.S. Customs has published interim procedures
in the case of work stoppage.

Trade groups representing manufacturers, retailers and transportation
providers have urged both sides to wrap up negotiations over a new West
Coast longshore labor contract before expiry.

In reaction to the drawn-out negotiations, U.S. Customs has published
interim procedures in the case of work stoppage. When these interim
procedures come into effect, they will be published at
http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/news/advisories/ubrm?utm_source=Customs+June+26&utm_campaign=June+26+CUSTOMS&utm_medium=email.

Affected West Coast ports will designate a point of contact for trade
inquiries about specific procedures for each port, which will also be
posted.

Customs will also transmit new information through the Cargo System
Messaging Service
(http://apps.cbp.gov/csms/csms.asp?display_page=1&utm_source=Customs+June+26&utm_campaign=June+26+CUSTOMS&utm_medium=email).

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: June 27, 2014
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Samarinda
Stevedores’ holiday for election

TKBM Komura Samarinda has announced a holiday for its stevedores to enable
them to participate in Indonesia’s Presidential Election on 9 July 2014.

The following schedule will apply for loading/unloading of ships at
Samarinda:
– Tuesday 8 July 2014: No later than 18:00 hours
– Wednesday 9 July 2014: No loading due to Presidential Election.
– Thursday 10 July 2014: TKBM work resumes. For the loading/unloading on 10
July, notice should be submitted to Komura operation on 8 July.

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

DATE: June 27, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Bunbury
New coal export facility approved

Western Australia’s Environment Minister has approved plans to build a $500
million coal export facility at Bunbury Port.

Construction is expected to start in mid-2015, with the first exports
planned for 2017. Coal for exports will travel to the port by rail.

The facility will require dredging up to 1.9 million cubic metres at the
port and blasting 20, 000 cubic metres of rock.

Approval was given with a number of conditions, including a requirement to
monitor dolphin populations and not conduct blasting activities during
dolphin calving periods from October to May each year.

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

DATE: June 27, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: all ports
NSW ports amalgamation

The New South Wales Government will amalgamate Sydney Ports Corporation and
Port Kembla Port Corporation to form the Newcastle Port Corporation, a
single state-owned body with effect from 1 July.

As part of this process – assets, rights, liabilities and obligations of
the former Sydney and Pt Kembla Port Corporations will be transferred to
Newcastle Port Corporation.

The legal entity of Newcastle Port Corporation will be trading as the Port
Authority of New South Wales.

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

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“Jo”

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