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GAC 01072014Grain inspections of vessels considered “high risk” for Ebola
October 27, 2014, United States, all ports

The US Coast Guard (USCG) and US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) are actively vetting all vessels arriving which have previously visited a port in a country where the Ebola virus is present.

If a vessel is determined to be ‘high risk’; the USCG and USCBP will take actions appropriate to quarantine/isolate the vessel and its crew. US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grain inspectors will not board the vessel while it is isolated.

Only when the vessel and its crew are determined to be safe by the appropriate health officials AND when the vessel is officially cleared by the USCG/USCBP may USDA grain inspectors board the vessel.

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

Annual Marine Services Survey of shore-based operators
October 27, 2014, Singapore, all ports

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has appointed ML Research Consultants Pte Ltd to conduct the Annual Marine Services Survey (2014) of shore-based operators (shipping agents and marine terminal/operation managers) from 27 October to 21 December 2014.

The feedback received will assist in enhancing the marine services provided to ships in Singapore. Response in the survey will be kept strictly confidential.

Shore-based operators will be informed about the survey via email. They will be requested to participate in the survey via the internet at the following website: survey.mlresearch.com.sg/mrIWeb/mrIWeb.dll

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.130 of 2014 dated 24 October 2014

Anchorage closed
October 27, 2014, Australia, Port Kembla

Port Kembla Port Authority has advised that the anchorage was closed to shipping at 1500 hours today (27 October) due to strong gale winds forecast late afternoon and evening.

The port is currently open to shipping movements.

The Weather Forecast states: Gusty west to northwesterly winds ahead of southerly change expected to move through southeastern New South Wales during Monday afternoon and evening. DAMAGING WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for parts of the Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts.

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

Dardanelles traffic suspended after engine malfunction
October 27, 2014, Turkey, Turkish Straits

Traffic was supended in the Dardanelles today (27 October) after an LNG carrier experienced an engine malfunction at 08:00 hours at Arzew – Marmara Ereglisi whilst transiting northbound.

At the time, a pilot was onboard and the vessel had the regular two tug escorts for transit. Two additional tugs were sent to the area for possible assistance/escort.

Traffic was still suspended by 1500 hours local time.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Bosphorus to close for Republic Day fireworks
October 27, 2014, Turkey, Turkish Straits

The Bosphorus will be closed to all transit traffic in both directions between 14:00 and 23:00 hours on 29 October, due to fireworks at Bosphorus Bridge as part of Rebublic Day celebrations.

Masters of vessels in the area should act in accordance with with VTS instructions.

For informaiton about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 27/10/14

COUNTRY 180 CST 380 CST MGO MDO
Aberdeen 0 0 747.00 0
Aden 740.00 675.00 1, 100.00 0
Alexandria 755.00 640.00 1, 150.00 0
Amsterdam 475.00 455.00 717.00 0
Antwerp 470.00 450.00 712.00 0
Aqaba 0 720.00 1, 020.00 0
Bahrain 0 0 890.00 0
Bergen 533.00 511.00 765.00 0
Busan 554.00 528.00 750.00 740.00
Cape Town 532.00 0 797.00 0
Colombo 575.00 570.00 955.00 0
Dubai 545.00 530.00 810.00 0
Durban 498.00 0 978.00 0
Fujairah 510.00 485.00 950.00 0
Gibraltar 546.00 516.00 787.00 0
Hambantota 605.00 590.00 960.00 0
Hong Kong 504.00 496.00 775.00 0
Houston 527.00 457.00 817.00 0
Istanbul 536.00 506.00 808.00 0
Jeddah 710.00 655.00 1, 090.00 0
Kaohsiung 550.00 540.00 875.00 860.00
Kuwait 0 520.00 1, 200.00 0
Lerwick 0 0 787.00 0
Malta 664.00 636.00 765.00 0
Montrose 0 0 792.00 0
Mumbai 521.00 511.00 1, 041.00 0
New York & New Jersey 542.00 487.00 853.00 0
Panama 610.00 484.00 911.00 0
Piraeus 556.00 536.00 776.00 0
Port Louis 682.00 0 956.00 0
Port Said 750.00 640.00 1, 100.00 0
Qatar 0 0 890.00 0
Richards Bay 523.00 0 998.00 0
Rio de Janeiro 505.00 481.00 869.00 0
Rotterdam 481.00 453.00 715.00 0
Salalah 650.00 600.00 1, 070.00 0
Shanghai 545.00 516.00 958.00 0
Sharjah 545.00 530.00 810.00 0
Singapore 500.00 490.00 745.00 0
Sohar 0 630.00 1, 025.00 0
St Petersburg 373.00 330.00 660.00 0
Stavanger 0 0 784.00 0
Suez 690.00 615.00 1, 090.00 0
Walvis Bay 682.00 0 900.00 0
West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA 735.00 660.00 935.00 0

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“Jo”

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