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GAC 01072014HURRICANE ARTHUR EXPECTED NEAR OUTER BANKS TONIGHT
United States, all ports PORT CONDITION WHISKEY & X-RAY SET
United States, Wilmington (North Carolina)
SAFE CARGO OPERATION DURING PORT STAY
United Arab Emirates, Dubai PUBLIC HOLIDAY ANNOUNCED FOR ELECTION
Indonesia, all ports
REPAIR & MAINTENANCE WORK OF SEA WATER INTAKE STRUCTURE
Singapore, Singapore ACOUSTIC RESEARCH OFF ST. JOHN ISLAND
Singapore, Singapore

BREAKING NEWS
Hurricane Arthur expected near outer banks tonight
July 03, 2014, United States, all ports

At 500am EDT (0900 UTC) the center of Hurricane Arthur was located by Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radars near latitude 31.3 North, longitude 79.1 West. Arthur is moving toward the north near 9mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed are expected today, followed by a further increase in forward speed tonight and Friday. On the forecast track, the core of Arthur is expected to approach the coast in the hurricane warning area tonight.

Data from NOAA and Air Force reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast in the next 24 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150km)….

….Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward in the tropical storm and hurricane warning areas later today and tonight. Hurricane conditions are expected within portions of the hurricane warning area by tonight.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

– North Carolina outer banks: 2-4ft

– Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds: 2-4ft

– Southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina: 1-3ft

– Extreme southeastern Virginia: 1-2ft

The highest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore flow. The surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances….

….Rainfall accumulations of 2-4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches, are expected over coastal areas of North Carolina through Friday. Rainfall accumulations of 1-2 inches are possible along the upper coast of South Carolina.

Isolated tornadoes are possible over portions of coastal North Carolina today.

Swells generated by Arthur are affecting areas from the east-central coast of Florida northward to South Carolina. These swells are expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.

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

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Arthur Advisory No.10 issued at 500am EDT on 3 July 2014

Hurricane Arthur expected near outer banks tonight
July 03, 2014, United States, all ports

At 500am EDT (0900 UTC) the center of Hurricane Arthur was located by Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radars near latitude 31.3 North, longitude 79.1 West. Arthur is moving toward the north near 9mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed are expected today, followed by a further increase in forward speed tonight and Friday. On the forecast track, the core of Arthur is expected to approach the coast in the hurricane warning area tonight.

Data from NOAA and Air Force reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast in the next 24 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150km)….

….Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward in the tropical storm and hurricane warning areas later today and tonight. Hurricane conditions are expected within portions of the hurricane warning area by tonight.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

– North Carolina outer banks: 2-4ft

– Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds: 2-4ft

– Southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina: 1-3ft

– Extreme southeastern Virginia: 1-2ft

The highest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore flow. The surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances….

….Rainfall accumulations of 2-4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches, are expected over coastal areas of North Carolina through Friday. Rainfall accumulations of 1-2 inches are possible along the upper coast of South Carolina.

Isolated tornadoes are possible over portions of coastal North Carolina today.

Swells generated by Arthur are affecting areas from the east-central coast of Florida northward to South Carolina. These swells are expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.

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

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Arthur Advisory No.10 issued at 500am EDT on 3 July 2014

Port Condition Whiskey & X-Ray set
July 03, 2014, United States, Wilmington (North Carolina)

The Captain of the Port North Carolina has set modified Port Condition Whiskey for the Port of Wilmington, NC and Port Condition X-Ray for the Port of Morehead City, NC in preparation of the anticipated impact of Tropical Storm Arthur.

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

Safe cargo operation during port stay
July 03, 2014, United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Ships calling at PCFC/DP World in the Emirates of Dubai are required to strictly comply with the requirements stipulated under SOLAS/LOADLINE/ISGOTT, IMO Codes for Safe Cargo Operation while their vessels operating in Dubai Ports.

As a minimum requirement, every vessel calling PCFC/DP World Ports in Dubai shall strictly comply with the followings PCFC-EHS requirements:

* Have prepared/received their Cargo/Stowage Plan well in advance prior to commencement of the cargo operation in Port.

* All necessary cargo details & manifest is provided to the vessels Master by the Shipping Agent well in advance.

* Cargo Operation Safety Checklist/Ballast Plan shall be prepared & strictly complied with.

* Vessel’s Master & Officers on-board shall ensure to monitor the vessel’s draft at regular intervals to ascertain cargo operation and condition of the vessel are as per the plan/departure condition.

* At any given time every vessel while in port shall ensure that its stresses are within acceptable limits and stability condition in strict compliance to the SOLAS & Intact Stability Criteria.

* Any instruments, computers or software to determine the Stresses & Stability condition of the vessel, shall be approved by its Classification Society.

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

(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/ 03/ 14

Public Holiday announced for election
July 03, 2014, Indonesia, all ports

Wednesday 2 July 2014 has been declared an official public holiday in Indonesia in light of the Presidential Elections to the held on the day.

Staff numbers at ports and terminals throughout the country are likely to be greatly reduced during Election Day.

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

Repair & maintenance work of sea water intake structure
July 03, 2014, Singapore, Singapore

From 4 July to 3 August, repair and maintenance work will be carried out for a sea water intake structure off Stolthaven Terminal, Jurong Island.

According the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 89 of 2014 dated 1 July 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

A) 01° 16.658’N / 103° 39.884’E

B) 01° 16.620’N / 103° 39.903’E

C) 01° 16.603’N / 103° 39.880’E

D) 01° 16.647’N / 103° 39.849’E

The repair and maintenance work of the sea water intake will entail diving operation and the repair of subsea pipe line.

Craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;

(b) maintain a proper lookout;

(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;

(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 22 (Jurong Control);

and

(e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Acoustic research off St. John Island
July 03, 2014, Singapore, Singapore

From 4 to 15 July, acoustic research will be carried out off St. John Island, between 1000 and 1700 hours on weekdays including Saturday within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01° 13.033’N / 103° 51.088’E

2) 01° 13.077’N / 103° 51.187’E

3) 01° 12.920’N / 103° 51.256’E

4) 01° 12.848’N / 103° 51.113’E

According the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 88 of 2014 dated 1 July 2014, the daily experiments will be done by deploying Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

Craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;

(b) maintain a proper lookout;

(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;

(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 68 (West Control);

and

(e) communicate with West Control on VHF 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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