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GAC 01072014Vessel boarding suspended due to fog
March 09, 2015, United States, Houston, Texas

Houston Pilots suspended all vessel boardings at 11:20 hours local time today (9 March) due to dense fog.

The port of Freeport is currently closed due to fog.

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

Dredging work at Pioneer Shipyard
March 09, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

Dredging works will be carried out at Pioneer Shipyard, off West Jurong Channel from 16 March to 15 July.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 23 of 2015, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 17.529’N / 103 deg. 40.244’E

2) 01 deg. 17.486’N / 103 deg. 40.278’E

3) 01 deg. 17.210’N / 103 deg. 39.946’E

4) 01 deg. 17.252’N / 103 deg. 39.912’E

Dredging work will be carried out by dredger held in position with anchors. The dredger, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involve dint he 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

Potential cyclone affecting NW Australia
March 09, 2015, Australia, Dampier

Dampier Port Authority has advised that there is a high probability of a tropical cyclone forming by late Wednesday or early Thursday between Indonesia and North West WA.

It is possible that this cyclone will affect coastal waters including Dampier by the end of the week.

Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Response Stage 1 – Monitor. The situation will continue to be monitored andupdates witll be issued as the situation becomes more clear.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology states there is an indicated increased risk of tropical cyclone formation by late Wednesday.

A tropical low is forming south of Indonesia. There is only a small chance of this low developing into a tropical cyclone on Tuesday. However conditions become very favourable and it is likely that a tropical cyclone will have formed by late Wednesday or during Thursday. This system is likely to pose a threat to coastal communities later in the week or over the weekend.

People are urged to continue to monitor outlooks and forecasts as the system develops.

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

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“Jo”

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