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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on January 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

GAC 01072014Ice Condition 3 set
January 29, 2015, United States, Delaware Bay

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW.

This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in the navigable waters but navigation is currently not impacted by ice.

All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

* When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.

* Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.

* Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.

* Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

* Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.

* The COTP Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin #03-15 dated 28 January 2015

Ports closed by fog, awaiting re-opening
January 29, 2015, United States, Houston, Texas

The ports of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont and Port Arthur were closed due to fog last last night (28 January).

Houston Pilots advise that the channel was closed at 2205 hours local time, while the Sabine River Pilot Office advises that the channel was closed at 2221 hours.

[UPDATE:

Houston Pilots resumed vessel boardings for inbound traffic at 0925 hours local time today (29 January 2015).

Sabine River Pilot Office reopened at 1000 hours this morning. Channel reopened. Moving daylight inbound tankers first.]

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

Visa requirements for offshore visits
January 29, 2015, United Arab Emirates, Port of Fujairah

From 15 February, persons visiting offshore for providing services to ships at Fujairah Offshore anchorage must hold either UAE esidence Visa or UAE Mission Visa.

(For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Agent 05/2015 dated 29 January 2015

Service charges for marine gangway
January 29, 2015, India, Dahej

The marine gangway at the jetty at Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company Ltd, Dahej (GCPTCL) has been repaired and now is ready for use.

In view of this, GCPTCL will charge Rs. 7500/- for 24 hours + Service Tax for marine gangway, which is compulsory for every vessel.

Service charges will be charges from 1 February 2015 @ 00:00 hours.

(For infomation about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company Ltd, Dahej (GCPTCL) circular dated 28 January 2015

Underwater maintenance work at desalination plant
January 29, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

From 2 February to 2 April, underwater maintenance works will be carried out at Tuas Spring Desalination Plant, off Johor Strait.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.11 of 2015 dated 29 January 2015, the works will be conducted from 0700 to 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

A) 01 deg. 18.210’N / 103 deg. 37.245’E

B) 01 deg. 18.216’N / 103 deg. 37.232’E

C) 01 deg. 18.233’N / 103 deg. 37.239’E

D) 01 deg. 18.228’N / 103 deg. 37.251’E

Maintenance work will involve the removal, cleaning and modification of the intake screens from the intake tower. 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

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 29/01/15

COUNTRY 180 CST 380 CST MGO MDO
Aberdeen 0 0 420.00 0
Aden 405.00 395.00 870.00 0
Alexandria 0 635.00 860.00 0
Antwerp 263.00 244.00 467.00 0
Aqaba 0 585.00 895.00 0
Bahrain 0 0 580.00 0
Bergen 0 0 504.00 0
Busan 313.00 292.00 500.00 490.00
Cape Town 355.00 0 535.00 0
Colombo 330.00 325.00 735.00 0
Dubai/Sharjah/Rak 315.00 300.00 470.00 0
Durban 285.00 0 760.00 0
Falmouth 392.00 316.00 610.00 0
Fujairah 300.00 285.00 800.00 0
Gibraltar 331.00 310.00 510.00 0
Hambantota 385.00 345.00 760.00 0
Houston 370.00 268.00 584.00 0
Istanbul 323.00 300.00 540.00 0
Jeddah 310.00 300.00 835.00 0
Kuwait 0 295.00 850.00 0
Las Palmas 310.00 295.00 905.00 0
Malta 375.00 335.00 490.00 0
Mumbai 603.00 310.00 785.00 0
Panama 402.00 270.00 610.00 0
Piraeus 564.00 325.00 790.00 0
Port Louis 0 425.00 785.00 0
Port Said 0 625.00 860.00 0
Qatar 0 0 700.00 0
Richards Bay 297.00 0 1, 000.00 0
Rio de Janeiro 285.00 262.00 860.00 0
Rotterdam 262.00 245.00 460.00 0
Salalah 360.00 345.00 810.00 0
Santos 292.00 287.00 890.00 0
Shanghai 370.00 306.00 750.00 0
Singapore 303.00 287.00 496.00 0
St Petersburg 150.00 130.00 410.00 0
Suez 0 315.00 860.00 0
West Africa – Abidjan 360.00 383.00 558.00 0
West Africa – Lome 0 420.00 750.00 0
West Africa – Luanda 360.00 372.00 573.00 0

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“Jo”

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