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GAC 01072014Screening of vessels & crew
September 30, 2014, United States, Houston, Texas

The US Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston, has begun screening inbound vessels or crew members that have visited ports in Western Africa within their last five ports of call.

This is in response to the recent outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (HF).

A portion of the screening process requires the Coast Guard to query vessel representatives to determine if any crew members exhibit symptoms.

A crew member or passenger is considered “suspect” if they have the following symptoms.

(NOTE: symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus, although 8-10 days is most common.)

SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA HF TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

Fever

Headache

Joint and muscle aches

Weakness

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Stomach pain

Lack of appetite

SOME PATIENTS MAY EXPERIENCE:

Rashes

Red eyes

Hiccups

Cough

Sore throat

Chest pain

Difficult breathing

Difficulty swallowing

Bleeding inside and outside of the body

Most cases have originated from West African countries. Several confirmed cases fo Ebola HF have been reported in:

Guinea

Liberia

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Sierra Leone

Gabon

South Sudan

Icvory Coast

Uganda

Republic of the Congo (ROC)

South Africa (imported)

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

Safety Zones for Navy exercise
September 30, 2014, United States, all ports

To mitigate the risks associated with the Navy exercise, the Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay will enforce temporary safety zones in Delaware Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean near Cape May, New Jersey.

All of the safety zones will be effective and enforced from October 16, 2014 to October 24, 2014 from 6:00AM to 8:00PM each day.

The safety zones will encompass two areas within Delaware Bay and one area in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The first safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay, bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°54.10’N, longitude 075° 03.12’W thence north to latitude 39° 02.24’N, longitude 075° 02.38’W thence east to latitude 39° 02.24’N, longitude 075° 01.42’W thence southeast to latitude 38° 54.22’N, longitude 075° 01.18’W thence west to point of origin.

The second safety zone will encompass all waters of the Delaware Bay bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38° 54.17’N, longitude 075° 07.50’W thence northwest to latitude 39° 04.06’N, longitude 075° 13.54’W thence northeast to latitude 39° 04.39’N, longitude 074° 12.39’W thence southeast to latitude 38° 55.04’N, longitude 075° 06.38’W thence southwest to point of origin.

The third safety zone will encompass a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by a line connecting the following points; latitude 38°49.57’N, longitude 074° 47.41’W thence northeast to latitude 38° 54.28’N, longitude 074° 43.15’W thence southeast to latitude 38° 54.11’N, longitude 074° 42.45’W thence southwest to latitude 38° 49.39’N, longitude 074° 47.10’W thence northwest to point of origin, off the coast of Cape May, NJ.

Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zones is prohibited. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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

Source: U, S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB #35-14

Extra Fuel Surcharge
September 30, 2014, Thailand, Bangkok

The Port Authority of Thailand has announced that from 1 October it will collect an extra fuel surcharge for both tug boat services and container services at Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port.

The rates of the extra fuel surcharge for TUG BOAT SERVICE (excluding VAT) are as follows:

BANGKOK PORT

– Tug boat less than 2, 000 HP Baht 719 / hour

– Tug boat more than 2, 000 HP Baht 1, 814 / hour

LAEM CHABANG PORT

– Baht 1, 955/ hour

The charge is at 30 minutes in case of a fraction of hour not over 30 minutes and one hour if over 30 minutes but not over one hour.

The rates of the extra fuel surcharge for CONTAINER SERVICE (excluding VAT) are as follows:

LADEN CONTAINERS:

20′ – Baht 60

40′ – Baht 120

>40′ – Baht 135

EMPTY CONTAINERS:

20′ – Baht 36

40′ – Baht 72

>40′ – Baht 81

The Port Authority of Thailand will review the surcharge rates on the 1st of January, April, July and October of every year.

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

Compulsory Maritime Health Declaration
September 30, 2014, Singapore, all ports

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (Port Health Office) requires all arriving vessels that have been to the Ebola affected countries (i.e. Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal) in the past 21 days to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health Form to the Port Health Office.

As per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.12 of 2014 issued today (30 September 2014), this is part of the measures to prevent the introduction of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) into Singapore.

The procedure, which comes into immediate effect, states:

The Maritime Declaration of Health Form is to be submitted regardless of whether there are sick passengers or crew on board. It should be submitted to the Port Health Office via:

a) Fax: 622285643

b) Email: Port_Health_CRO@nea.gov.sg

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

Yacht Races between Hong Kong & Macau
September 30, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 1 October 2014 (Wednesday) and 2 October 2014 (Thursday). About 30 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races.

The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 1 October 2014 in an area south-east of Lamma Island (in the vicinity of Yuen Kok Light).

Depending on the weather condition, it will follow:

(a) Course 1 – a westerly route through south of Lamma Island, south of Tai A Chau, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the north; OR

(b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern Boundary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the south.

The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1030 hours on 2 October 2014 and will follow:

(a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the north; OR

(b) Course 2 – a route through south of Shek Kwu Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the south.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

(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.115 of 2014

Customs House strike
September 30, 2014, Argentina, all ports

A Customs House strike in due to start in Argentina from 0000 hours tomorrow (1 October) and continue until 2400 hours on Sunday 5 October.

LNG operations are the only ones that will not be affected by the strike if it goes ahead.

The deadlines for ordering overtime to operate from the first shift on starting at 0000 hours on Monday 6 October are:

– Upriver: 1300 hours local time on 30 September (TBC)

– Buenos Aires: 1600 hours local time on 30 September (TBC)

– Southern ports: 1500 hours local time on 30 September (TBC)

(For information about operations in Argentina and elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Maritima Meridian S.A., Argentina – GAC agent

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services dedicated to helping customers achieve their strategic goals at the highest levels of quality, safety and compliance.

“Jo”

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