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GAC 01072014Silt curtain installation at desalination plant
March 12, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

From 13 March to 20 April work to install silt curtains will be carried out at Tuas Spring Desalination Plant and Sea Water Intake.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.25 of 2015 dated 12 March 2015, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays –within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 18.313’N / 103 deg. 37.307’E

2) 01 deg. 18.332’N / 103 deg. 37.256’E

3) 01 deg. 18.368’N / 103 deg. 37.270’E

4) 01 deg. 18.349’N / 103 deg. 37.320’E

and

1) 01 deg. 18.210’N / 103 deg. 37.245’E

2) 01 deg. 18.216’N / 103 deg. 37.232’E

3) 01 deg. 18.233’N / 103 deg. 37.239’E

4) 01 deg. 18.228’N / 103 deg. 37.251’E

The work will involve the installation of silt curtains. A crane barge assisted by tug boat will be used to install the slit curtains.

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

Cyclones approaching west & east coasts
March 12, 2015, Australia, all ports

Two tropical cyclones are affecting Australian coast: Olwyn on the west coast; and Nathan on the east coast.

TROPICAL CYCLONE OLWYN:

In its Tropical Cyclone Advice No.14 issued at 0900 hours local time today (12 March), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology advises that at 08:00, Tropical Cyclone Olwyn was estimated to be 335km northwest of Karratha and 415km north-northeast of Exmouth. Sustained winds of 96 km/hour were reported near the centre, with wind gusts to 140 km/hour.

The cyclone continues to intensify as it moves towards the Northwest Cape and is expected to reach Category 3 before landfall. If the system takes a more southwestwards track it may remain over water and retain cyclone intensity for longer as it moves southwards. In that scenario communities along the Gascoyne coast will experience much higher winds than if it tracks just inland from the coast. As the system moves southwards, it is expected to take heavy rain and squally winds into southern parts of Western Australia.

Very destructive winds with gusts exceeding 165 km/hour could develop near the west Pilbara coast late Thursday evening or early Friday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast. Destructive winds with gusts in excess of 125 km/hour may extend to Coral Bay for a period during Friday morning then to Cape Cuvier later on Friday.

Heavy rainfall is likely to develop over the western Pilbara and northern Gascoyne during Thursday and continue into Friday. Heavy rainfall will extend further southwards on Saturday.

The port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Response 4 – Shut Down (officially shut down at 1000 local time today, 12 March), as gale force winds expected to start affecting the port from this afternoon. All anchorages are closed to new arrivals, except vessels proceeding to their designated cyclone moorings and small vessels seeking safe haven. The port will remain closed until weather conditions abate.

Other Pilbara ports (Port Walcott, Barrow Island, Cape Preston, Varanus Island, Onslow) as well as other ports in the Watch Zone (Useless Loop and Cape Cuvier), have been cleared since yesterday afternoon. No marine traffic is permitted within the port waters (with the exception of vessels operating by agreement and approval). These ports are now officially closed with effect from 0800 hours today.

TROPICAL CYCLONE NATHAN:

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Nathan was this morning estimated to be 85km north of Lizard Island and 175km north of Cooktown, and continuing to move slowly west towards the coast near Cape Flattery. It is expected to slow this movement during today and ultimately change direction to the east-northeast away from the coast over the next 24 hours. Sustained winds of 95km/hour have been reported near the centre, with wind gusts to 130 km/hour.

Gales extend out to approximately 100 km from the centre to the south of the system and could develop about coastal and island areas between Coen and Port Douglas today. Gales could extend north to Lockhart River overnight and into Friday, depending on the track the cyclone takes. Very destructive winds are expected to develop within 45km of the centre early Friday morning and could begin to affect coastal and island areas between Cape Flattery and Cape Melville. Destructive winds extend out to 70km from the centre and could develop about the coast and islands between Cooktown and Cape Melville, including Lizard Island, today. Abnormally high tides could develop about coastal areas between Coen and Cape Tribulation during today with large waves possibly leading to minor flooding along the foreshore if the cyclone takes a more westward track closer to the coast.

The ports of Cooktown and Cape Flattery remain closed at this time. At this stage minimal impact is expected for the main East Coast ports and none of the Queensland Coal Ports are currently being affected.

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

Dardanelles closure for naval celebration
March 12, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

The Dardanelles will be closed for naval trials and celebrations from 0800 to 1600 hours local time on Tuesday 17 March and Wednesday 18 March.

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

Port dues increased
March 12, 2015, Mexico, Dos Bocas

Port Dues at Dos Bocas have increased with effected from 9 March 2015, as follows:

FIXED TARIFF

– Old: $ 19, 957.58

– New: $ 20, 772.05

.

PLUS-VARIABLE (PER GRT)

– Old: 5.36

– New: 5.58

– Increase: 4.10%

The above tariff does not include 16% V.A.T.

For information about operations in Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@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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