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Bunkering, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on February 12, 2015 at 7:03 PM

GAC 01072014Suspension of loading/unloading
February 12, 2015, United States, all ports

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing employers at 29 West Coast ports, is suspending vessel loading and unloading at all ports starting today (Thursday 12 February) amid stalled labor contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

The four day suspension coincides with “premium-pay” weekend for holiday vessel operations, which command a pay rate premium of at least 50% compared to the basic longshore wage rate.

The days of the suspension are: today (Lincoln’s Birthday); Saturday 14 February; Sunday 15 February; and Monday 16 February (Washington’ Birthday).

Yard, rail and gate operations are expected to continue at terminal operators’ discretion.

The PMA says its members have concluded it makes no sense to pay high rates for full shifts of ILWU workers when productivity is severely diminished amid slowdowns during negotuations.

The previous six-year labor pact between the PMA and ILWU expired in July. Despite a federal mediator joined the negotiations in early January, the two sides have so far failed to reach a deal.

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

Revocation of licenses of two bunker suppliers
February 12, 2015, Singapore, all ports

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences of Hong Fatt Oil Trading Pte Ltd and Tankoil Marine Services Pte Ltd with effect from 9 February 2015.

The two companies are no longer allowed to operate as bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators in the Port of Singapore.

As part of MPA’s ongoing regulatory efforts to ensure the safety, reliability and quality of bunker supplies in Singapore, routine checks were conducted last year on Hong Fatt Oil Trading Pte Ltd and Tankoil Marine Services Pte Ltd.

MPA’s separate investigations into the two companies revealed discrepancies and wrongful declarations in the records kept on board their bunker tankers. There were also incidences of transfers of bunkers between bunker tankers that were done without MPA’s approval. MPA has therefore decided to revoke the companies’ licences as they had breached the terms and conditions of their bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences.

MPA reminds all licensed bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their bunker licences. MPA will take firm action against any licensee who has acted in contravention of their licences, including suspending or revoking their bunker licences, as appropriate.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.02 of 2015 dated 12 February 2015

Reinstatement of light buoys in Northern Fairway
February 12, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The light buoys “WQ” and “Kellett North”, which were temporarily relocated on 5 January 2015, have been reinstated in their charted positions (WGS 84 Datum) in the Northern Fairway as follows:

(i) “WQ”

22 deg. 19.000’N / 114 deg. 06.459’E

(ii) “Kellett North”

22 deg. 18.858’N / 114 deg. 06.197’E

(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.21 of 2015

Marine Works off D’Aguilar Peninsula
February 12, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately seven months, marine works involving site investigation, construction of barging facility and construction of dock gates will be carried out [off D’Aguilar Peninsula] in the following areas:

AREA 1:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22 deg. 13.323’N / 114 deg. 14.147’E

(B) 22 deg. 13.364’N / 114 deg. 14.101’E

(C) 22 deg. 13.411’N / 114 deg. 14.149’E

(D) 22 deg. 13.385’N / 114 deg. 14.179’E

AREA 2:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:

(E) 22 deg. 13.106’N / 114 deg. 14.296’E

(F) 22 deg. 13.107’N / 114 deg. 14.217’E

(G) 22 deg. 13.224’N / 114 deg. 14.218’E

(H) 22 deg. 13.224’N / 114 deg. 14.265’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including two derrick barges, one jack-up barge, and one tug boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the barges will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works areas. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.23 of 2015

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