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Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on July 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

GAC 01072014USCG Safety Zones: Firework Events
July 02, 2014, United States, Delaware River

The US Coast Guard has issued a Temporary Final Rule establishing a safety zone on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA on July 5, 2014 from 2100 hours to 2200 hours.

The safety zones will restrict vessel traffic on the Delaware River while a fireworks event is taking place, inside a boundary described as spanning from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39 ‹56 Œ18 N, longitude 075 ‹08 Œ30 W; thence to latitude 39 ‹56 Œ17 N, longitude 075 ‹07 Œ56 W, and bounded on the north by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

This safety zone is necessary to protect the public and vessels in the surrounding area from the hazards associated with a fireworks display.

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

Air pollution from ships during port stay
July 02, 2014, United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Ships calling DP World/PCFC ports in Dubai are required to strictly comply with PCFC-EHS Ports and Maritime Regulations and IMO Marpol Annex VI –Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, as amended to maintain the port environment cleaner and safer for the port business.

With immediate effect, ships are hereby advised to refrain from any unsafe practices causing air pollution including but not limited to the following:

* Ships emitting black/grey exhaust smoke

* Incineration during port stay, and

* Using fuel oil not in line with Marpol Annex VI requirements

Any contravention to these above mentioned requirements may result in appropriate sanctions being imposed which may include imposition of fines.

Furthermore, all concerned are requested to maintain their main engine/s, auxiliary engines and all other machineries/ equipment in good operating condition without causing any environmental pollution and also to ensure ship’s IAPP certificate is valid in all aspects.

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

Source: Government of Dubai POrts, Customs & Free Zone Corporation Circular EHS/ PM/ 02/ 14

Draft at berth and channel depth for month of July
July 02, 2014, India, Mundra

Mundra Port Authorities have advised changes to the draft at berths and minimum depths at approach channel and turning circle for the month of July 2014.

a) Minimum depth in the MICT container approach channel and turning circle is 13.5 mtrs. at Chart Datum.

b) Minimum depth in the South basin approach channel and turning circle is 14.5 mtrs. at Chart Datum.

c) Minimum depth in the West Basin approach channel 14.3 mtrs.at Chart Datum.

Berth B-1 – Draft 14.0 m

Berth B-2 – Draft 13.0 m

Berth B-3 – Draft 14.0 m

Berth B-4 – Draft 13.6 m

Berth B-5 – Draft 14.0 m

Berth B-6 – Draft 16.0 m

Berth B-7 – Draft 12.0 m

Berth B-8 – Draft 10.5 m

Berth B-9 – Draft 12.8 m

Berth B-10 – Draft 13.6 m

WB-1 – Draft 17.5 m

WB-2 – Draft 17.3 m

WB-3 – Draft 17.3 m

MICT CB1 – Draft 13.7 m

MICT CB2 – Draft 14.4 m (Only up to bollard 32)

AMCT CB3 – Draft 13.9 m

AMCT CB4 – Draft 14.0 m (Only up to bollard 31)

SB-6 – Draft 15.0 m

SB-7 – Draft 15.0 m

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

Tug boat services
July 02, 2014, Thailand, Bangkok

To prevent accidents which may cause damages to terminal quay, midstream dolphins and buoys and gantry cranes during berthing and mooring/unmooring in Bangkok port, all cargo vessels and other ships must apply for PAT tug boat service for berthing, midstream mooring and unmooring in the Bangkok port as follows:

Request for PAT tug boat service must be made for berthing at:

East Quay Berths (No. 20A – 20G)

– Vessels without bow thruster or stern thruster must use at least two tug boats of 1200 HP up;

– Vessels with bow thruster or stern thruster must use at least one tug boat of 1200 HP up;

– Vessels with LOA exceeding 250 ft. must use at least one tug boat of 1200 HP up.

West Quay Berths (No. 22A – 22J)

– Vessels with LOA 250 – 450 ft. must use at least one 1200 HP tug boat;

– Vessels with LOA exceeding 450 ft. must use at least two 1200 HP tug boats;

– Vessels with bow thruster or stern thruster must use at least one tug boat of 1200 HP up.

For midstream dolphin mooring, at least two tug boats of 1200 HP up must be used.

– For midstream buoy mooring, at least one tug boat of 1200 HP up must be used.

For other vessels with LOA not exceeding 250 ft., if the master judges that the vessel could berth at the terminal quay or moor at midstream safely he could do so without requesting tug boat service. However, the said berthing and mooring/unmooring must not obstruct other vessels and owner of the vessel must be liable for any damages incurred.

In the event of abnormal weather condition or the calling vessel in any abnormal condition, the pilot officer is authorized to request more powerful or additional tug boat as deemed appropriate.

For information about operations in Thailand contact GAC Thailand at shipping.thailand@gac.com

Port still closed
July 02, 2014, Bahamas, South Riding Point

Statoil South Riding Point Terminal has advised that the port remains closed due unstable weather conditions.

For information about operations in the Bahamas contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com

Terminal closed due to weather conditions
July 02, 2014, Bahamas, Freeport

At 1100hrs on 1 July, the BORCO (Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Ltd) Terminal downgraded its Port Status to Port Condition 5 (Port Closed) due to weather conditions.

For information about operations in the Bahamas contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com

“Jo”

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