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Associations, Logistics, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on April 2, 2015 at 6:20 PM

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WORKING HOURS OVER EASTER AND WORKERS’ DAY
South Africa, Cape Town
DUST HAMPERING VISIBILITY, DELAYS AT PORT
United Arab Emirates, Jebel Ali
NEAR-MISS REPORTING
Singapore, all ports
RECLAMATION IN WESTERN PART OF TUAS VIEW EXTENSION
Singapore, Singapore
TRAFFIC TO HALT FOR BRIDGE WORKS
Turkey, Turkish Straits
Working hours over Easter and Workers’ Day
April 02, 2015, South Africa, Cape Town
The working times at the Cape Town Container Terminal for the upcoming Easter weekend and public holiday are as follows: 

Friday 3 April 2015 & Monday 6 April 2015

– Waterside: Normal operations (24/7)

– Landside: 06h00 to 17h00

 

Friday 1 May 2015

The terminal will be closed from 06h00 on 1 May 2015 and will recommence operations at 06h00 on 2 May 2015.

 

(For information about operations in Cape Town contact GAC South Africa atshipping.capetown@gac.com)

Source: Transnet letter dated 26 March 2015

Dust hampering visibility, delays at port
April 02, 2015, United Arab Emirates, Jebel Ali
Delays should be expected for inward/outward bound vessels at Jebel Ali Port due to extremely hazy and dusty weather across the UAE. 

Visibility is seriously hampered as a result of the conditions.

 

For information about operations in Dubai, contatc GAC Dubai at dubai@gac.com

Near-miss reporting
April 02, 2015, Singapore, all ports
A near-miss is defined as a sequence of events and/or conditions that could have resulted in loss. This loss was prevented only by a fortuitous break in the chain of events and/or conditions. The potential loss could be human injury, environmental damage, or negative business impact. 

Reporting of near-misses plays an important role in learning from istakes, and preventing accidents and their serious consequences. All ships plying in Singapore waters and the Singapore Strait are encouraged to report to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore if near-misses are encountered and/or observed.

 

These reports are confidential and not intended to apportion blame or to determine liability, but to assist in improving the safety of navigation.

 

Reporting may be via the following means:

 

MARINE SAFETY CONTROL CENTRE

Telephone numbers: 6325 2488, 6325 2489, 6220 3803

Facsimile number: 6325 2484

VHF Channel: 07

Email: pms_mpa@mpa.gov.sg

PORT OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTRE

Telephone numbers: 6325 2493, 6325 2494

Facsimile number: 6224 5776

VHF Channel: 05, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 25, 68, 73

Email: pocc@mpa.gov.sg

 

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.04 of 2015

Reclamation in western part of Tuas View Extension
April 02, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
Reclamation work will be carried out west of Tuas View Extension from tomorrow (3 April) until 3 October. 

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.40 of 2015, the work 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. 16.767’N / 103 deg. 36.735’E

2) 01 deg. 15.745’N / 103 deg. 36.355’E

3) 01 deg. 15.659’N / 103 deg. 36.342’E

4) 01 deg. 15.659’N / 103 deg. 36.169’E

5) 01 deg. 16.427’N / 103 deg. 36.452’E

6) 01 deg. 16.815’N / 103 deg. 36.595’E

 

The reclamation work will include soil improvement, shore protection, sand filling, and construction of rock revetment.

 

Excavation will be carried out by grab dredgers. Sand filling will be carried out by crane barges and flat top barges.

 

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

Traffic to halt for bridge works
April 02, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits
Traffic in the Bosphorus will be halted from 0500 to 1900 hours on Saturday (4 April) due to works on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. 

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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