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  16/09/2015
CARGO WITH FLASH POINT BELOW 61 DEG. C
South Africa, Cape Town
MARCUS HOOK RANGE & ANCHORAGE DREDGING OPERATIONS
United States, Delaware River
HAZARD TO NAVIGATION
United States, Delaware River
NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
United States, Houston, Texas
SOIL INVESTIGATION OFF CHANGI EAST
Singapore, Singapore
TESTING OF AUV
Singapore, Singapore
CHANGES TO CREW CHANGE CHECKS
Turkey, all ports
FIRST VESSEL CALLS AT NEW TERMINAL
Brazil, Rio De Janeiro
BUNKER UPDATE – MARKET PRICE UPDATE16/09/15
Cargo with flash point below 61 deg. C
September 16, 2015, South Africa, Cape Town
As per latest advice received from the Port Authorities at Cape Town, all vessels which cargo has a Flash Point below 61 deg. C will be classified as a RED LINER and will be daylight restricted.For information about operations at Cape Town contact GAC South Africa atshipping.capetown@gac.com
Marcus Hook range & anchorage dredging operations
September 16, 2015, United States, Delaware River
The U.S Coast Guard will be enforcing the safety zone found in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 165.555 for dredging operations in Marcus Hook range in the Delaware River beginning September 15, 2015 until December 31 2015. During this time, the dredge ESSEX will be operating within Marcus Hook range.The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook range shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 60, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing Marcus Hook anchorage, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.During this time period, the regulations in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.157(b)(ii)(i) will be in effect. Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook anchorage on a “first come-first served” basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the public health service, customs or immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek anchorage (anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives. 

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, for passing information.

 

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin No.29-15 dated 14 September 2015

Hazard to navigation
September 16, 2015, United States, Delaware River
A USACE survey conducted on 10 September 2015 has identified two submerged objects [in the Upper Delaware River] in positions 40-00-25.0N, 075-03-04.9W and 40-00-25.5N, 075-03-04.2W.The two objects are in the vicinity of the charted position of Upper Delaware River Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 3680) and in a depth of approximately 38 feet at MLLW.Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. 

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

Source: Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware

Notification requirements
September 16, 2015, United States, Houston, Texas
In regards to STS operations, new regulations align with the MARPOL Annex I requirements for a 48-hour notification. An incomplete 48-hour initial notification may be submitted provided that all of the required information is submitted at the earliest opportunity.A 24-hour notice remains for all vessels subject to 33 CFR 156 Subpart B……..For STS operations the Person in Overall Control (POAC) is the party responsible for ensuring that any incidents are reported in accordance with 33 CFR 151.15. There should be one report made by or on behalf of the POAC to prevent multiple and potentially conflicting reports to the Coast Guard. 

All advanced notifications should be sent via email to Marine Safety Unit Texas City:msutxclightering@uscg.mil. Alternatively please call the duty Port State Control Examiner at (409) 978-2718. Affected parties are encourages to communicate directly with Marine Safety Unit Texas City to coordinate timely notifications and updates based on individual needs. Certificate of Compliance cargo waivers will not be granted for oil and hazardous cargo transfer operations at sea.

 

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

Source: Extract from U.S. Coast Guard Houston-Galveston Marine Safety Information Bulletin Change 1

Soil investigation off Changi East
September 16, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
From 15 September 2015 to 14 March 2016, soil investigation work will be conducted off Changi East.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.107 of 2015, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS Datum 84):Sector A1) 01 deg. 21.340’N / 104 deg. 02.416’E

2) 01 deg. 21.464’N / 104 deg. 02.520’E

3) 01 deg. 21.226’N / 104 deg. 02.827’E

4) 01 deg. 20.843’N / 104 deg. 02.821’E

 

Sector B

5) 01 deg. 20.866’N / 104 deg. 01.748’E

6) 01 deg. 19.010’N / 104 deg. 01.985’E

7) 01 deg. 19.017’N / 104 deg. 02.287’E

8) 01 deg. 18.469’N / 104 deg. 02.436’E

9) 01 deg. 18.379’N / 104 deg. 02.736’E

10) 01 deg. 18.521’N / 104 deg. 03.656’E

11) 01 deg. 18.765’N / 104 deg. 04.227’E

12) 01 deg. 19.245’N / 104 deg. 04.434’E

 

The soil investigation work will be carried out by borehole drilling and CPT using jack-up barges.

 

The jack-up barges, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats will be used for shifting the barges from one borehole location to another.

 

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

 

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 21 (Sembawang Control); and

e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

 

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore

Testing of AUV
September 16, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
From 17 September to 31 October an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) will be tested off SAF Yacht Club Changi.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.103 of 2015, the work will be carried out from 0800 to 1800 hours on weekdays within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):1) 01 deg. 18.756’N / 104 deg. 00.976’E2) 01 deg. 14.425’N / 104 deg. 00.976’E3) 01 deg. 18.425’N / 104 deg. 00.784’E

4) 01 deg. 18.756’N / 104 deg. 00.784’E

 

Work boats will be used to launch and recover the AUV.

 

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 12 (East Control);

and

e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

 

For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore atsingapore@gac.com

Changes to crew change checks
September 16, 2015, Turkey, all ports
Starting on 1 October 2015, Immigrations officers at all ports in Turkey will check original flag endorsements during crew changes (rather than copies, as was previously the case).Further, all passports must be valid for at least 65 days before expiry.Manning offices, vessels and crew are urged to act accordingly. 

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

First vessel calls at new terminal
September 16, 2015, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro
The first vessel has called at the newly opened T-Mult (Terminal Multicargas) terminal at the port of Acu.The vessel Turquoise Ocean will be loaded with 30.000 kg of bauxite and will sail to China in the coming days.In 2014 over 480 million BRL (approx. US$ 125 million) was investments in the port in the state of Rio de Janeiro. 

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at brazil@gac.com

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Market Price Update 16/09/15
COUNTRY 180 CST 380 CST MGO MDO
Aberdeen 0 0 310.00 0
Aden 420.00 400.00 880.00 0
Alexandria 0 0 820.00 0
Antwerp 240.00 219.00 433.00 0
Aqaba 0 777.00 790.00 0
Bahrain 0 0 565.00 0
Bergen 0 0 480.00 0
Busan 287.00 270.00 473.00 463.00
Cape Town 264.00 0 518.00 0
Colombo 295.00 270.00 543.00 0
Dubai/Sharjah/Rak 285.00 260.00 460.00 0
Durban 231.00 0 618.00 0
Falmouth 0 279.00 558.00 0
Fujairah 260.00 250.00 1, 050.00 0
Gibraltar 329.00 261.00 488.00 0
Hambantota 0 0 0 0
Houston 294.00 225.00 476.00 0
Istanbul 282.00 260.00 505.00 0
Jeddah 295.00 285.00 695.00 0
Kuwait 0 285.00 750.00 0
Labuan 0 0 0 0
Las Palmas 289.00 270.00 590.00 0
Malta 246.00 335.00 463.00 0
Mumbai 0 260.00 700.00 0
New York/New Jersey 311.00 252.00 493.00 0
Panama 325.00 275.00 545.00 0
Piraeus 285.00 268.00 472.00 0
Port Louis 365.00 340.00 570.00 0
Port Said 0 290.00 850.00 0
Qatar 0 0 700.00 0
Richards Bay 243.00 0 0 0
Rio de Janeiro 250.00 227.00 693.00 0
Rotterdam 252.00 218.00 432.00 0
Salalah 390.00 340.00 710.00 0
Santos 253.00 232.00 721.00 0
Seychelles 410.00 400.00 590.00 0
Shanghai 307.00 259.00 569.00 0
Singapore 242.00 233.00 441.00 0
St Petersburg 161.00 142.00 379.00 0
Suez 500.00 280.00 850.00 0
West Africa – Abidjan 397.00 353.00 651.00 0
West Africa – Lome 0 355.00 585.00 0
West Africa – Luanda 400.00 346.00 595.00 0
GAC Bunker Fuels is an ISO9001 certified global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants. The prices listed are for indication purposes only. Contact our offices or Martyn McMahon at +971-56 603 2534 /martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for your bunker enquiry.
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