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Canals, Holidays, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on January 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

GAC 01072014Replacement of fenders
January 07, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

From 9 to 30 January, work to replace fenders will be conducted at Exxonmobil Berth 3, Jurong Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.05 of 2015 dated 7 January 2015, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 16.775’N / 103 deg. 41.551’E

2) 01 deg. 16.844’N / 103 deg. 41.615’E

3) 01 deg. 16.822’N / 103 deg. 41.645’E

4) 01 deg. 16.742’N / 103 deg. 41.571’E

A crane barge, assisted by tug boats and work barge will be used to replace the fenders. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works 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 and navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);

and

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

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

Special holiday for Papal visit
January 07, 2015, Philippines, all ports

A special non-working holiday has been declated for 15, 16 and 19 January in the Philippines for the planned visit of the Pope.

For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

Proposal to modify tolls structure
January 07, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal

The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority have approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure.

Proposed regulations for the admeasurement of vessels to establish the rates that will apply for the use of the new neopanamax locks currently under construction, as well as rates for vessels transiting the panamax locks, have also been approved.

The proposal, which has been subjects to extensive informal consultation with groups representing Canal users, includes the adoption of measurement units adapted to various market segments for the calculation of tolls, depending on vessel type and size, and the introduction of incentive initiatives for the full container, dry bulk, gas carriers and vehicle carriers/Ro-Ro segments.

The proposal includes two additional market segments that open the waterway to markets and routes that have traditionally been unable to use the panamax locks due to vessel dimensions, such as LNG carriers. Also proposed is a new “Intra Maritime Cluster” segment for vessels that provide local services in Panama but do not compete with international trade.

The Canal Authority has made a commitment to announcing proposed toll charges at least one year prior to the commencement of operations of the new neopanamax locks. Progress for the expanded Canal to date registers at 83%. The beginning of the consultation process, including a public hearing, will ensure that users have the relevant toll information with sufficient time to plan any adjustments to their business models.

The new proposed structure will come into effect from 1 April 2016, regardless of whether commerc ial transits have begun through the new neopanamax locks. However, in the events that the commercial transits through the neopanamax locks begin prior to 1 April 2016, the new pricing structure will apply from the date determined by the Board of Directors, but not before 1 February 2016.

The formal consultation process will commence immediately after publication and will extend until 9 February 2015. During this period, the Panama Canal Authority will consider additional input and feedback from interested parties and welcomes any written date, opinions or statements in English or Spanish. The public hearing will be conducted on 27 February 2015 at the “Ascanio Arosema” complex, Balboa, beginning at 0900 hours EST.

For more information, visit www.pancanal.com

For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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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