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Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on October 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

GAC 01072014Berth out of service for structural survey
October 16, 2014, United Kingdom, Fawley

Esso Fawley No.9 berth is out of service until 1800 hours on Monday (20 October) for a structural survey.

As a result, any Propane vessels scheduled for this coming weekend will be loaded on Esso Berth 2.

No problems or delays are anticipated.

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Size restrictions lifted after sunken dredge tender located
October 16, 2014, United States, Mobile, Alabama

Salvage teams and the Army Corps of Engineers have positively identified the location of the sunken Dredge Tender NICHOLAS on the western (greenside) toe of the Mobile Ship Channel just south of Light 69.

According to the U.S. Coast, Sector Mobile, Marine Safety and Security Information Bulletin No.19-14, the Captain of the Port has lifted the previous vessel size restrictions imposed in the MSSB 18-14.

The Mobile Ship Channel is still restricted to one-way traffic in the vicinity of the wrecked vessels and all vessel traffic is to keep well to the east (red side) of the channel in the vicinity of this location until further notice. All mariners are to use extreme caution and safe speed while transiting Light 69 and those vessels conducting salvage operations in that vicinity.

Over the course of the next few days, the Coast Guard will continue its oversight salvage operations. Future channel restrictions may be required to provide the salvage vessels space needed to affect safe salvage operations.

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

Establishment of Security Zone
October 16, 2014, United States, Delaware River

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a security zone in the vicinity of Penns Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA on October 16, 2014 from 1030am until 1pm.

The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.31N, 075-08.28W to 39-56.31N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the security zone is active. The safety vessel on scene can be contacted on vhf channel 16.

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

Source: U..S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay

Change to permissible drafts at berths
October 16, 2014, India, Mormugao

Mormugao Port Trust has advised that after partial dredging, the maximum drafts permissible at Berths No.7 and 9 is amended to 13.5 metres during High Tide.

This change is effective immediately.

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

Amended port navigation depths
October 16, 2014, Australia, Cairns

Changes have been made to the design and actual navigational depths at the ports of Cairns and Mackay.

As advised in Queensland Notices to Mariners, these changes are now already in effect and are as follows:

CAIRNS:

Entrance channel

– Design depth (metres): 8.3

– Actual depth (metres): 8.5*

Crystal Swing Basin (at 360 metre diameter)

– Design depth (metres): 7.0

– Actual depth (metres): 6.8

Crystal Swing Basin (at 380 metre diameter)

– Design depth (metres): 6.3

– Actual depth (metres): 6.4

Swing Basin (at 310 metre diameter)

– Design depth (metres): 8.3

– Actual depth (metres): 8.7

Swing Basin (at 320 metre diameter)

– Design depth (metres): 8.3

– Actual depth (metres): 7.8

Marlin Marina

– Design depth (metres): —

– Actual depth (metres): 4.2

No.1 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 8.4

No.2 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 8.5

No.3 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 8.4

No.4 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 8.4

No.5 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 8.2

No.6 Berth from 500 metre to 550 metre

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 8.1

No.6 Berth from 550 metre to 600 metre

– Design depth (metres): 8.4

– Actual depth (metres): 7.7

No.7 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 9.3

– Actual depth (metres): 9.9

No.8 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 10.0

– Actual depth (metres): 10.0

No.10 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 9.3

– Actual depth (metres): 9.3

No.12 Berth

– Design depth (metres): 10.5

– Actual depth (metres): 10.5

Smith’s Creek No.1

– Design depth (metres): 8.5

– Actual depth (metres): 4.7

* New or revised entry.

MACKAY:

Entrance channel

– Design depth (metres): 8.5

– Actual depth (metres): 8.5*

Swing Basin

– Design depth (metres): 8.5

– Actual depth (metres): 8.5

Berth No.1

– Design depth (metres): 10.6

– Actual depth (metres): 11.1

Berth No.3

– Design depth (metres): 13.0

– Actual depth (metres): 12.9

Berth 3 & 4 Composite

– Design depth (metres): —

– Actual depth (metres): 12.9

Berth No.4

– Design depth (metres): 10.6

– Actual depth (metres): 11.0

Berth No.5

– Design depth (metres): 12.5

– Actual depth (metres): 12.2

* New or revised entry

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

Ports re-opened
October 16, 2014, Australia, Sydney

The ports of Sydney, Newcastle and Port Kembla have reopened after being closed due to adverse weather.

SYDNEY: Pilotage Services were suspended from the evening of Tuesday 14 October. After assessment, the port was re-opened from 2000 hours local time yesterday (15 October).

NEWCASTLE: The port was closed on Tuesday evening, and was re-opened this morning.

PORT KEMBLA: After being closed on Tuesday evening, the port re-opened from 1100 hours yesterday.

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

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